My Moving Booklet

Moving is a daunting process under ideal circumstances. For children, who usually have no choice about whether and where they’re going, it can be especially difficult. Enter Valérie Besanceney’s My Moving Booklet. This interactive workbook, the result of years of experience with children of expats and other mobile families, is filled with exercises and prompts for […]

Moving – a burden or a blessing?

There is this quote that I love: “You don’t realize how much you own, until you try to put it all in a box” Can’t seem to find who said it – but I think this quote is very fitting, and real to most of us expats. Anyone who has ever packed up a home […]

A culture shock guide for Christmas

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. Now she is out with an e-book on the same theme. Christmas gift idea? Culture Shock – A Practical Guide is a how-to guide that will help you […]

Living in another language

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 living in another language. So I’ve been thinking about what happened when I started living in another language. […]

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 […]

My crazy landlords!

When you’re moving to another country for a couple of years or more, you have to find a place to live. Renting is often the only alternative, so you look for a nice house in a good neighborhood and school district, but often forget to do a background check on the landlord. This may turn […]