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Learning about yourself through language

All good things must come to an end – this is our last Clew edition. We will end the Clew story with some encouragement along your expat way. Sorana encourages you to learn about yourself through learning and speaking different languages: If you are an expat, chances are you might also be bilingual or trilingual or […]

Going home – a double-edged sword

It’s January and the holidays are looking at our taillights. While it’s not a given, often those of us living abroad end up going back to our homeland this time of year. Even if not during the holidays, we all try to get back to our families at least once every year or two; maybe […]

Violet edition: I am an expat wife, but does it define me?

Clew’s recent colour musings have been leading up to this magnificent colour: Violet. Violet as in creativity, poetry, flowers, mystery, expectation…and Clew. Violet is Clew’s colour, and it is often regarded as the colour of wisdom and creativity. So our 3rd anniversary edition (already!) will revive some of our old words of wisdom and creativity. This is […]

Changing your home without forgetting your head. Prologue of a (crazy) move

Clew’s Silvia has moved from Luxembourg to Sweden: Moving could represent a need, a choice, a great and exciting idea, fresh air in your life – but it could also reveal an unexpected side and a real training for your body and mind. Here’s my personal –  and a bit crazy- experience.  It is never too early to […]

Moving – a second chance

Moving is the perfect time to re-evaluate your life. Some say there are no second chances in life, but who ever said that has never moved to another continent. Starting over in a new country is actually a second chance. If you want to. I admit – the hardest part about moving can be having […]

Once upon a time in Luxembourg: Retrospection of a journey

Luxembourg. No matter how you look at it, briefly or carefully, it will always appear as a tiny, little spot on a map (yes, also with the zoom!). However, if you look at it the opposite way, from Luxembourg to the “outside world”, you might just realize how much Luxembourg – that tiny spot – is […]

Switching schools

My son has gone to 9 different schools in 5 countries in 10 years. Not only have the physical locations been many, the teaching languages have switched quite a few times too; Danish, German, English, Swedish, German / French, back to English and right now German again. I know – we are horrible parents! I […]

Home in an unexpected place

If you had asked me 18 months ago where I would like to live, Berlin would not have been on my list. We knew it was long overdue to leave Luxembourg, and different possible destinations kept coming up. Berlin was one of them and to be honest I said no to this. I am open to […]

Moving is just going from one place to the next

So you’re moving. No need to overstress. It’s a move; not life or death. You’re only going from one place to the next. Perhaps you’ve been relocated or your spouse has found a new job. Maybe you’ve already moved and now want to move back to where you came from. Then again, maybe you’ve never […]

Post-summer bummer

The Desperate Expat Wife considers the generous holidays in Luxembourg to be a major advantage. She especially enjoys it in September when she, comfortably installed on her beach towel, waves a royal goodbye to the majority of fellow holidaymakers who grudgingly pick up their towels and plod back to work and school, making her the […]