My life is rich. I enjoy the mild southern climate of North Carolina and bask in my husband’s love. Bob and I have fulfilling work that earns us the respect of our peers, feel connected to the land and our neighbors, and want for nothing. Much about our happy life we owe to lessons learned during our travels. Read more “The heroes journey gets you the life you deserve”
With the weather turning colder, it only feels natural to make Chicken Tortilla Soup. I’ve been through multiple copycat recipes from several San Antonio restaurants, trying to concoct my own personal recipe that suits my taste. I’m still working on it, but I did make a large pot the other day. Being so excited about having it again (a twice a year experience, typically), I failed to remember how to actually eat it “properly”. I had remembered the cheese, but left out the lime, forgot to buy tortilla chips, avocado (not in season now) and add the little cilantro I’m growing on my windowsill. The following day, I added the three of four and it tasted much better. Read more “Desperate Times, Desperate Measures”
I had an epiphany the day I learned the Chinese word for China. Of course! Zhonguo or “center land” is their center in the same way Meiguo (“beautiful land,” America/United States) is mine. Their people are Zhongwen, just as native Americans referred to themselves as “the people.” We all gaze upon the world from our vantage point in the middle. Read more “Five Tips for Staying Centered Abroad”
Everyone knows I’m a cheap skate…I even admitted to it in this post! However, money when travelling is one thing you want to try and spend less of, unless of course you’re filthy rich. Since I’ve never known what that feels like, I try to get as much value out of my dollar as possible and I’m sure you would like to as well. I’ve come up with some frugal tips on how to save money on your next (and future) trips.
The insult hit me full in the face, catching me by surprise. It was just a glance, but a fierce one, a glaring shot hurled from a car window by someone I’d never met. I was shaken, but determined not to lose control of my car as I continued navigating towards my new home. I held the steering wheel steady, heart pounding and tried to recall what I might have done to offend. Read more “The Chosen Face”
“We serve breakfast all day long! We also have mimosas and some fresh berry Bellini’s,” a lovely lady exclaimed as she stuck her head out the doorway of a café in Pacific Grove. My eyes glanced down the menu posted in the window and I noticed a Philly cheese steak sandwich. I got excited and said, “Wow! I haven’t had a cheese steak in ages! How are they here?” She responded, “They’re great and they come with fries and a salad!” I was sold, so in we went. Read more “Reverse Culture Shock”
Yay! We made it into Once Upon An Expat, an expat anthology that Canadian expat Lisa Webb is pulling together for release in June, 2016. Steph and Camille will join a group of world travelers with stories “Wasting Away in Paradise” and “An Unbelievable Bus Ride.” Stay tuned for a link to the Amazon page. Read more “Once Upon An Expat Anthology”
As my boyfriend and I sat at the bar having a drink, I gazed up at the clock – 1:15.
“I should get to the airport…I need to be there at least an hour early.” I paused for a moment, looking up at the clock again. “But I don’t remember what time it leaves!” Read more “All Packed With Nowhere To Go”
The word is getting out: house sitting is a great way to see the world and keep your budget down. I’ve done a few interviews talking about house sitting and I always warn that you should have a backup plan. You don’t seem to see anything but positive comments on the subject so I wanted to address the downside of house sitting. Read more “When House Sitting Goes Wrong”
Once there was a frog that lived in a well. Ever since he was a smidgeon of a tadpole, all he knew of the world came from the well’s mouth a hundred feet over his head. In his experience, the world was the sky and the clouds and whatever else might happen to fly over, peer down, or fall into the well. Read more “Frog in a Well”