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  • Issue 1: Setting a theme for the New Year
  • Issue 3: Money Talks?
  • Issue 6: Giving up the Old
  • Issue 12: Making friends...again...and again
  • Issue 14: Now what? The plight of the expatriate partner

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Issue 1 -- Setting a theme for the New Year

Ever since I was a little girl I remember celebrating the New Years with my family. The biggest holiday of all in Russia, New Years was the night when most families gathered together around an elaborately planned meal that would last for hours. We would eat, drink, talk and just before midnight we would bid farewell to the Old year. Then, as the clocks strike midnight, we would open the door and welcome the New Year with champagne and wishes. What did we wish for? We wished for good health, prosperity, peace … and, most importantly, we wished for the New Year to be better than the old.

 

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Issue 3 -- Money talks

Have you ever noticed that when you move or travel somewhere where the currency is different from what you are used to it suddenly becomes a lot easier to spend money? Some even joke that it's like dealing with “paper money”, the kind of money that's not worth much. But if you stop and think about it, money is “paper” (or “metal”) wherever you go, even in your own country. In other words, it's a tool made out of paper or metal. A tool to help us enjoy life.


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Issue 6 -- Giving up the old

A while ago I heard a report that the Personal Storage industry was among the fastest growing industries in the United States. Personal storage warehouses are popping up everywhere, spoiling the natural beauty of their surroundings and feeding into the rising trend of saving everything. Americans, it seems, have grown out of their attics, their basements, and their garages. Junk of past years now occupies these orange/white depots and, according to some people interviewed in the report, sits there for years and years without ever being visited.


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Issue 12 -- Making friends...again...and again

One of the biggest characteristics of the expatriate experience, and particularly of the repeat expatriate experience, is the necessity of making friends over and over again. You move, you get used to where you are, you meet people you like, develop friendships, and get settled. Before you know it, however, it may be time to move again and you start the entire cycle all over. The first days, weeks, or even months in the new place often feel lonely and frustrating as you try to not only figure out life but also struggle with small or non-existent support network. What are some ways you can help yourself create that network and keep creating it as you go from country to country (or even if you stay where you are)?

 

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Issue 14 - Now what? The plight of the expatriate partner?

The expatriate world is made of those who work and those who accompany them to their assignments. More often than not the expatriate partners cannot find the same or similar terms of employment they had in their home countries or even in a country where they were previously assigned. The dilemma re-surfaces with pretty much every move – what am I to do now? Museum trips and local culture exploration behind me, how can I satisfy my professional and career cravings?

 

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