Posts by Norman

One Is The Loneliest Number*

By on Apr 21, 2014 in Expat Support, Expats, Global citizen, Reflection | 1 comment

Last night I came home about 9:30pm and said to my wife, “You know something, I am realizing that I am lonely”. Thirty months ago we moved back to Philadelphia after twenty-two years in the Netherlands. We had immersed ourselves in the Dutch culture and society in every possible way, and truly called it home. I can see in my mind’s eye people that I have known over...

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FIGT and the Totally Expat Show

By on Apr 4, 2014 in Expat Support, Expats, Global citizen | 2 comments

In a span of four days time I was at the annual Families in Global Transition Conference in Washington D.C. and the Totally Expat Show sponsored by the Forum for Expat Management in New York City. Reflecting on both events has been interesting, and I wanted to share a few thoughts here. [Snark alert: some of what I say will be broad-brush generalizations, and you...

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Should Expatriates Have A Say In UK Politics?

By on Mar 26, 2014 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Living abroad is something that many of us may dream of, driven by the desire to escape the drizzle or to take advantage of more appealing job opportunities found overseas. Whatever the reason, Brits are emigrating in what would appear to be a mass exodus: 198,000 UK residents chose to move to a new country in 2012 alone. However this does not mean that expatriates...

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The Currency Ripoffs That Every Expat Needs To Avoid

By on Mar 12, 2014 in Expats, Global citizen, Global Citizens on the move | 0 comments

Foreign exchange is one of the last areas of financial services where the average expat has little understanding of the true cost to one’s pocket. This is unfair, and with a little digging into the core issues, can truly be avoided. Furthermore, security of funds is key. Whilst there are tight regulations governing the companies providing these services, there are...

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The new expatriate: the evolution of the working wanderer

By on Mar 3, 2014 in Expats, Global citizen, Global Citizens on the move | 0 comments

In the early years of modern expatriation, young business-minded workers used to move abroad fairly easily, with a well-established way of expat life meeting them in places like Tokyo, Paris and Hong Kong. Ask many expats-of-old and they will regale you with tales of their life in the expat bubble; where they lived in gated accommodation, frequented luxurious...

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