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Wednesday Postcard: Portland Head Light

Wednesday Postcard: Portland Head Light

Happy Wednesday, everyone. We decided to start a new weekly column on our blog. So often we have a photo or two to share but it’s not enough for a full-length blog post. Enter Wednesday Postcard: a photo and a short story to go with […]

Can I Travel with Kids?

Can I Travel with Kids?

“Can I travel with kids?” You’d be amazed how often people ask this question! Of course you can travel with kids! You can travel with big kids, and you can travel with small kids. At this point, ours, both under six, have been to almost […]

The Immigrant Worker

The Immigrant Worker

I stereotyped people freely, and I didn’t know how to relate, nor did I make any effort to try.

Keeping a Routine While Traveling with Kids

Keeping a Routine While Traveling with Kids

Part of the fun of traveling is that you get to leave your routines behind, right? Well, that maybe true to an extent. However, since we travel with our kids, we find that keeping a routine while traveling with kids is vital. Knowing which aspects […]

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 […]