Tag: expat kids

The Importance of Visitors

This isn’t a guilt trip, it’s a welcome mat.  We are currently very thankful to have family in town and what a difference it makes in how you feel about being away from “home” during the holidays. Being able to share your new adventures…

Third Culture Kids & Grief

I have been slowly reading this book, in between a few others for the past 6 months.  Before we started this process, I had a million questions, many of them I wrote about here.   Continuing to understand what happens to many Third Culture Kids…

Cartagena: Ángeles Somos

Ángeles Somos is a tradition typically celebrated in Cartagena on November 1st.  Today the children wear all white to school and along with lots of music and singing, they learned how to make the traditional Coastal soup, Sancocho. Here is the recipe via allrecipes.com:…

Halloween Past

I thought I would walk down memory lane for a minute…. My little guy…. and my little gal….. and all the fun we have had this time of year…  pumpkins patches, hayrides and trick or treating.  I really do love the holidays, despite the…

Cartagena City Guide: Vivarium del Caribe

A new Vivarium opened just outside Cartagena last month.  I didn’t even know what a Vivarium was.  We had the chance to check it out last weekend. Thanks to Wikipedia:  A vivarium (Latin, literally for “place of life”; plural: vivaria or vivariums) is an…

Growing Up Expat: Milestones in Another Culture

Just a few days ago, my oldest lost another front tooth.  It isn’t his first and yet, with each baby tooth lost, he looks a little bit older.  I look at this tiny tooth that we are putting under his pillow for the tooth…

Daily Life: Food

I wanted to start a mini-series about different aspects of Daily Life.   When I visit home, I get a lot of questions about what goes on in different aspects of daily life.  I thought I would start with everyone’s favorite, food.  I find…

It’s All About the Sun… Screen

I’m pretty pale.  Like it took me 3.5 months of living in the Caribbean to get tan lines.  I have the ability to can get a tan, I just choose to stay pretty clear of it when I have a choice.  We came from…

Botanical Garden of Cartagena “Guillermo Piñeres”

Easter Sunday we found some time to take the 30 minute drive out-of-town to the Jardin Botanica, and I’m so glad we did.  It far exceeded my expectations.   We arrived late afternoon and nearly had the place to ourselves.  A groomed trail and…

Growing Up Expat: What you Sacrifice

I wanted to write a post that analyzes both what you give up to be an expat and what you hopefully gain.  I’m first going to discuss sacrifices, not because I want to highlight the negative but because these were my thoughts before we…

6 Months In…

In a way it seems much longer, but really, I am so grateful to feel that we have had a productive 6 months.  In a place where change is constant and being “settled” is still outside your comfort zone, I can confidently say we are…

A Quick Trip to LaLaLand

When we had the opportunity to fly to LA for my college roommates wedding, there were just too many good reasons to say yes.  I know these trips home can be expensive and a hassle but I also knew that I would regret not…