What I’m Most Proud Of About My Move Abroad



I DO feel proud of building a house in Guatemala. I'm not going to get into the doing here, but lay the groundwork for WHY I did it. This is one of our views of the house and one of what we see out the windows.


First, why I came to Guatemala, then how the construction happened. Everyone asks, so here is the quick answer I’m tired of giving (because we have had many so guests in our bed and breakfast business who always ask). I...

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Taking Sam Clemens' advice

Mark Twain – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingTravel is: “fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” So said Mark Twain in his 1869 travelogue titled 'Innocents Abroad.' So I'd say one thing I'm most proud of at becoming an expat is taking old Sam Clemens' advice and moving from the comfort, familiarity, and ease of home.
Utilizing the old brain cells becomes more important as we age, of course, so any assistance I can get in that department is a good thing.  Professor Adam Galinsky at the...

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New Zealand- 1980

This and the follow-up are untypical but may interest some who would not consider moving to the 'other side of the World'.
I'd worked for the UK defense department for 15 years and soon after disillusionment set in badly there appeared a recruitment team from Aotearoa (New Zealand). Lo and behold, they picked me for free emigration, family, lock stock and barrel! Now, I had never flown, nor even left the UK so there was much...

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