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Culture Shock- Revisited

People typically go through four clear steps of cultural adjustment when relocating to a new country. The first step is known as the Honeymoon Phase and can be described as: —Initial Delight and Exhilaration A new arrival can expect to … Continue reading

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On The Road Again- Moving tips

As a military family, we have moved homes 11 times, so many people assume, and feel free to comment, that we “get used to it.” We don’t. The 12th move might be easier in terms of the fact that we … Continue reading

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All In A Week of This Expat’s Life

What a week. Zack graduated from high school.  Upon counting, I realized that he attended 11 schools from age two to 17.  He not only got through it, he got an academic scholarship to his top choice university! On Tuesday, … Continue reading

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T Minus 1,704 Hours

PCS season is nearly upon us, and it’s far better to go into it eyes wide open, than to pretend that it isn’t coming.  For readers not familiar with the acronym, PCS stands for Permanent Change of Station.  In layman’s … Continue reading

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Stages of Culture Shock

Culture shock is a reality, no matter how similar the new culture appears to be. The stages of culture shock are spelled out in the official health handbook of my husband’s office. I can attest to the fact that these … Continue reading

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T-22 Hours Until Lift-Off

The countdown continues.  22 hours until wheels up and our journey to Taipei begins.  We have a 6 hour flight from DC to San Francisco and then a 14 hour flight to Taipei.  I’m grateful that we have only one … Continue reading

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Making Progress

As the move date grows closer, the pressure mounts.  I feel the stress in the pit of my stomach nearly all day long and when I wake up during the night.  The medical, educational and travel paperwork seems to multiply … Continue reading

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Moving Again?!?

Over the 18 years I’ve been “in” the Navy, I’ve had to organize ten moves.  Our relocation from China to Washington DC was meant to be our last, and yet, I now face another pack-up… To say I dread it … Continue reading

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