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For most expats, air travel is a necessary evil. Over the past few years, I've gotten pretty used to flying and I have no problem with short haul flights. Crossing the Atlantic however, leaves a lot to be desired. I've just returned from the two-week marathon visit to Canada. The...
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Some days it feels like Andrew and I are mummified in red tape; and I mean really sticky tape of the Duct Tape variety. It seems that no matter how many hoops we jump through to please the Belgian government officials, there is always one more hoop on the horizon....
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Andrew and I are taking Dutch lessons. I alter between thinking this is a noble way to integrate more fully into our community and considering it a totally masochistic endeavor. Neither of us are strangers to learning languages. Being brought up in Canada's bilingual province, New Brunswick, it was considered...
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Andrew and I are attempting to reinstate the Sunday Mystery Drive (or SMD). What is the SMD you ask? It's one part exploration, lots of wandering, a bit of curiosity and usually, slightly lost. Every Sunday, we hop in the car. We take turns choosing our destination. Sometimes it's specific;...
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One of the truly special things about living in a foreign country is the people I've met. Sure, I've met some interesting people when I was vacationing in different places, but the opportunities for meeting people are much more frequent and interesting when you are an expat. It's true that...
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I’ve been thinking today about differences in my own behavior since we’ve moved here; little habits I have that I didn’t while living in Canada. Conversely, I think there are some things I will always do that will be intrinsically Canadian. This is not to say that no Europeans do...
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Andrew and I have five children. All of them are four-legged and furry. We have four spoiled-rotten house cats and a very large, extremely slobbery Saint Bernard dog. They are very much a part of our family and it was never an option to leave them behind when we came...
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Some days it feels like we are mummified in red tape; really sticky tape of the Duct Tape variety. I remember commenting in Amsterdam that, "when we get settled in Belgium, things will be more normal." Now, we've been here almost a month and it doesn't feel much more settled...
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