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Top Tips for New Expats. Be Prepared for Life Overseas!

Top Tips for New Expats. Be Prepared for Life Overseas!

Moving overseas is a great, big undertaking! Accordingly, we are frequently asked by people who are preparing to move overseas for the first time if we’ve garnered any wisdom we can share with them. The short answer is yes! We’ve definitely got some tips for […]

Northern Michigan Itinerary for a Family on a Budget

Northern Michigan Itinerary for a Family on a Budget

Everyone who visits northern Michigan goes to Mackinac Island. But Mackinac Island is an expensive place and kitschy, too. So what can you do in Northern Michigan that’s both budget friendly and not hokey? We consulted our friends Jody and Megan Terrell at Wallhanger Photography, […]

Life in China: How does Living in China Compare to Living in the UAE?

Life in China: How does Living in China Compare to Living in the UAE?

Many of you know we started our expatriate lives off teaching overseas in the United Arab Emirates. You maybe wondering the same question we find ourselves asked frequently: “How does living in China compare to living in the UAE?” Or perhaps, “How does teaching in […]

Are JBL Noise Canceling Headphones Worth It? Real World Review 2018

Are JBL Noise Canceling Headphones Worth It? Real World Review 2018

Jenia and I have been flying extensively since 2012. We’ve found intercontinental flights can be really draining. In the last few years we started hearing more and more about how great noise-canceling headphones are for long flights, but because good ones are expensive, we steered […]

Life in China: How to Shop in Hong Kong

Life in China: How to Shop in Hong Kong

So you moved to Shenzhen, China, and you’re doing well here. It’s a thriving city, isn’t it? But life in Shenzhen is lacking something. The shopping, that’s what it is. You can get some decent imported goods, but there are things from home that you […]

Windows and Washing: An Outrageous True Story of Teaching in the Emirates

Windows and Washing: An Outrageous True Story of Teaching in the Emirates

It’s fall 2012, my first trimester of teaching English to high schoolers in Abu Dhabi. I’m at an ADEC boys school in Al Ain. There are a dozen English teachers from the US, New Zealand, and England here, and they’re a supportive bunch of seasoned […]

Family Hitchhiking in Malaysia: A True Story

Family Hitchhiking in Malaysia: A True Story

It’s February 2018. The depths of winter; the coldest month of the year. In Russia, we’d have been bundling up in layer after layer to stay warm. In Utah, we’d have been scraping ice off the Volvo windshield before we could go anywhere. In the […]

What to Ask During Your Interview: Top Tips for Teaching Abroad

What to Ask During Your Interview: Top Tips for Teaching Abroad

It’s summer of 2018. Since pulling up the stakes and moving overseas in 2012, Jenia and I have now lived in three different foreign countries, where I’ve taught in three very different schools. We’ve put together some tips for teaching abroad because we’ve had very […]

Love Your Muslim Neighbor

Love Your Muslim Neighbor

Back in early 2015, I (Jenia here) wrote an article for Venn Magazine called “On Loving Your Neighbors.” It’s late June 2018 and the Supreme Court has just upheld what’s being oft referred to as “Trump’s Muslim ban.” It feels like a high time for […]

“Teacher, You Like Coffee?” A True Story from Arabia

“Teacher, You Like Coffee?” A True Story from Arabia

Imagine yourself, a qualified professional teacher who is accustomed to a certain level of, what, decorum? in the classroom. Now, imagine that you arrive at your new job, and you find that all of your expectations are…going out the window. Along with the students. But […]