Just in case you were wondering what my qualifications for giving relocation advice were, I don’t have any. What I do have, however, is an endless stream of mistakes, which I willingly share in the belief that you can learn from them. Here’s a recently unearthed rendering of a day spent navigating the US school [...]

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Parenting Fail # 1

On September 30, 2011 By

This site has now been live for a whole 41 days, and in that time, a disturbing trend is emerging. Your fascination with my personal disasters. You see, big sister is watching you from a little box on the work press dashboard: the ‘site stats’ box. And what it tells me is that when I [...]

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Relax – This is Kenya!

On September 30, 2011 By

This guest post comes from Ayesha, part of my Sanity Circle of friends in Kenya who kept the chaos in perspective. She kept me laughing constantly with her quiet but very well observed humor, and I am delighted that she has given in to my interminable nagging, and agreed to post on the site from [...]

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On September 26, 2011 By

courage does not always roar. sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow”.

mary anne radmacher


I always wonder whether she had experienced relocation firsthand. For me, her words sum up so many days of the first six months of [...]

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Yelling Across the House

On September 24, 2011 By

My vocal cords are shot. And whoever invented earbuds is going to get the medical bills.

My children both have iPads, mainly because large items of outdoor play equipment are rendered redundant whenever we move, so when I buy gifts, there is always a little voice in the back of my mind working out whether [...]

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On September 23, 2011 By

I came to a horrible realization the other day that I was beholden to my husband. The dictionary describes the term beholden as ‘owing something to somebody because of something that they have done for you’, so if you view being shuffled from pillar to international post as a favour, the word pretty much covers [...]

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In the first guest post of the series, Andrea Elliot examines the issues involved in securing work for the accompanying spouses in dual-career households.  She also describes pre-assignment activities that can reduce the stress of dealing with visas, lists countries that are accompanying spouse-friendly, and offers work alternatives if a job cannot be legally obtained.


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When you are a relocating trailing spouse, cultural orientation comes in many forms. I had a British driving moment yesterday, which bearing in mind I’m in the US, is not such a good thing. I was turning out of a petrol (gas) station, and without thinking, ended up on the left side, much to the [...]

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Career Dilemma

On September 17, 2011 By

I tried to write my résumé last night, and I’m beginning to think I’m unemployable. Seriously. And I have only myself to blame.


The Global Relocation world has finally noticed that the accompanying spouses on most assignments are overwhelmingly well educated, highly motivated and usually professionally qualified people, rather than the servile 1950′s caricatures [...]

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Email from the Queen

On September 16, 2011 By

Suzanne (of Nairobi Police Station fame) emailed me this, and it’s too good not to share. Although apparently I am one of the last to receive it, but still..

To the citizens of the United States of America from Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

In light [...]

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From the monthly archives: September 2011