Posts by Norman

UK Food vs USA Food

By on May 29, 2014 in Expats, Global citizen | 0 comments

Guest blog by Ella Jameson. See below for more info on her. Despite Britain’s lingering reputation for bland, stodgy and overcooked food, most people who have spent time in the UK in the past two decades would admit this impression is undeserved. Nonetheless, a bad name is hard to shake off, and many Americans moving to Britain express some trepidation about what...

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Three Concrete Things To Do To Get Started Making New Friends

By on May 19, 2014 in Expat Support, Expats, Generosity, Reflection, Support Modules | 0 comments

We’re talking about friendship and the expat life, trying to be honest about the fact that it is not always easy for all of us to just make new friends when we come to a new place. I am finding out that is true even though I have just repatriated back to my home city and you would think it would be the easiest thing! It’s not! So I’ve wondered what...

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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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