Going retro-reminiscent: The door knob

When’s the last time you saw a knob? Think about it. On a TV. On a car radio. These days it’s all touch, click, swipe. Not even doors or drawers have them… unless you’re the vintage type or your house hasn’t been upgraded in say… a hundred years.

Getting social

When you move from one country to another without knowing a single soul, you have to make an effort to make new friends. It’s much easier for the working expat and your children as they immediately get colleagues and class mates.

The linguistic je ne sais quoi

There are so many things the French do better…isn’t it…? Perhaps not as many as they seemingly like to think… or as we seem to think that they like to think (well… one of the two).  But sometimes yes, they do do things better. I won’t get into neither haute couture nor haute culture nor haute […]

November Night

Let’s hang on to autumn before Christmas takes over. Let’s listen to autumn before it is silenced by frost. November Night Listen… With faint dry sound, Like steps of passing ghosts, The leaves, frost-crisp’d, break from the trees And fall. Adelaide Crapsey (1922) Clew, November 2015. Photos by Anje Kirsch, Müllerthal, Luxembourg. ©2015 Anje Kirsch

With a hint of cabbage and caramel

Even if you can’t detect the smell or taste of cabbage or caramel, wet dog or dried prune, skunk or sauerkraut – or bacon on burned toast, enjoying the many pleasures of wine is a privilege, as Clew photographer Lisbeth Ganer demonstrates in this series of wine photos from the Ribera del Duero wine district in […]

Autumn: Roads not taken

These autumn images perfectly accompany a poem we never tire of – and as expats, maybe we travel more roads than others . The Road Not Taken (Robert Frost) Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far […]

(No longer) The Good Wife

The Desperate Expat Wife has succumbed. Once an addict always an addict. She has been so good, trying hard for years – granted with the occasional relapse. She has tried for the sake of her family, for the sake of her own health, to prove to herself that she could – but hélas, in the end she […]

Hello from the outside

Adele’s latest music video Hello smashed records at the entertainment platform Vevo.com, delivering more than 25 million views on the day of its release. The extremely talented artist certainly does not fit into the typical pattern of a pop star ( ..wonder if she still secretly smokes). There aren’t many divas out there who can […]

The college vibe

There’s something missing in most colleges around the world and it doesn’t take long to realize what it is: vibrant campus life. Aside from the US, plus a small handful of schools in Canada, Europe and beyond, most colleges are strewn across sections of cities here and there without much of a central meeting grounds: […]

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 […]