Marathon of memories

When you’re an expat, you need to come back to places of good memories: Walk the streets of the city love of your life, slightly puzzled that people keep smiling at you then realising you have this constant, possibly goofy, smile on your face yourself that you somehow can’t wipe off. The same streets you trotted […]

Expat and the City (let’s leave out the S)

When the partially homesick desperate expat wife goes to certain big cities, she might suddenly and surprisingly find herself longing for a new expat experience. In New York for example, she gets all confused, wanting to be Carrie Bradshaw (or at least have her job) instead of Susan, or – God forbid – Charlotte instead […]

Expat friendship – or instant family

Recently, a few tricky situations forced me to actually ask for help from  someone I had only met about one year ago. And I was immediately offered a helping hand, right then and there, at the moment I needed it the most. After that, I started to ask myself questions about the meaning of the new bonds expatriates create. […]

Where’s my Apfelstrudel?! Or why we should drop preconceived notions

Hélène Rybol is the woman behind the Culture Shock Toolbox, a website for expats and international students – or future ones – and travelers, filled with musings, checklists and mantras. CLEW is happy to feature her musings on Apfelstrudels and preconceived notions. Our expectations shape our experiences. While that is something we might know, we may […]

After all the boxes have been unpacked

It’s Printemps des Poètes in Luxembourg this weekend – Spring of Poets. CLEW is proud to have a poet of our own, and equally proud to present his poetry, that you… as expats, on the move… might recognise yourselves in.  After all the boxes have been unpacked and most of the “WhoWhatWhen Where do I, How can […]

10 symptoms of a multilingual brain

Hélène Rybol is the woman behind the Culture Shock Toolbox, a website for expats and international students – or future ones – and travelers, filled with musings, checklists and mantras. CLEW is happy to feature her “10 symptoms of a multilingual brain”.

Home after Christmas

If you just returned from your home country after a Christmas break, and you’re wondering where you actually feel at home – don’t worry, you’re not alone. Very many expats experience mixed feelings about where home is. Visiting family and friends is always quite emotional when you’re living abroad, especially when you don’t do it very […]

8 reasons why experiencing culture shock rocks!

Hélène Rybol is the woman behind the Culture Shock Toolbox, a website for expats and international students – or future ones – and travelers, filled with musings, checklists and mantras. CLEW is happy to feature her “8 reasons why experiencing culture shock rocks!”  1. Experiencing culture shock puts life into perspective big time! Finding out […]

Netpats

Expat Dictionary, word of the month: Netpat noun /net’pæt/:  an expat communicating with fellow expats and/or seeking support, advice and possibilities linked to expat life on the Internet. Please note that the explanation says nothing about desperate expats, wives or others, quite simply because the word has nothing to do with being desperate. Not as long […]

Third Culture Kids

Third Culture Kids (TCKs). Does this term sound familiar? Sociologist Ruth Hill Useems came up with it in the 1950s as a way to describe children who grow up in a country (or countries) different from where their parents were raised. Military kids, international business people’s kids, and diplomats’ kids are the primary livers of […]