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Alexa Skill I Am A Triangle

We are super excited to announce that the I Am a Triangle “skill” has been published to Amazon.com and the Alexa Skill Library. This means you can now say “Alexa, please play I Am A Triangle” and hear our most recent article! What’s Alexa, you might ask?  Alexa is Amazon’s digital assistant built into devices such as the Amazon Echo. The Echo itself is a speaker with a built-in microphone. Alexa is Amazon’s virtual assistant, like Siri from Apple’s iPhone. The …

Wayside, A Repatriation Reminder

Nitsa Repatriation

A storm is pummeling the coast of my country as I write this. The wind and the water, whips my home, where I have been back living in for one year. My gutter went wayside, the bottom of it flying across the back yard. Instead of getting it, I stare at it the white metal, rolling around from out my back window. It was the quietness of rainstorms such as these that I loved most about Munich. Days I could …

The 7 Things I Love About The Foreign Service

foreign service love

My husband joined the Department of State’s Foreign Service (the U.S. diplomatic corps) seven years ago. He didn’t apply to join for many years although we are both international travel and language aficionados, met while studying abroad in Russia, and lived there together for two years after college graduation. He did not want me to compromise my career and move around the world every two to three years. So he waited to accept the offer until the day before the deadline to return the signed …

Layers of Loss

layers of loss i am a triangle

It was New Years Eve in Venezuela. My fourth country. I had recently met a man who worked in the hotel business. I am English, he Italian. As he was the assistant F&B manager in a fancy pancy hotel we booked into the same hotel for the night. He didn’t invite me to the party because he would be working and we had just met so I didn’t know anyone who was attending. He put me in the most amazing …

Grief and Grieving: a right or wrong way?

I Am A Triangle Grief and Grieving

Grief and grieving. The shock, even though we know someone will die as they age or illness comes, there is still shock when it happens. This is followed very quickly by a funeral which brings so many more elements into this shock time. Being with family or not being able to be there, travel, expense, lack of sleep and the normal things in your life all consume your first days after death. Then your daily routine returns. Now, you ask: …

How to avoid relationship problems with this one tip.

You have been there a thousand and one times. At dawn you begin the daily struggle of getting your kids out of bed, clothed, fed and ideally teeth brushed before bringing them to school. You ask your kids to jump in the car, and tell yourself, “There is no shame in arriving to school in my pjs.” The kids make it on time, with lunches and water bottles in tow. Victorious! You rush back home to meet the electrician, whom …

Living with a Sense of Wonder

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” ~ W.B. Yeats Over the winter break, my family and I traveled to Borneo for two weeks. During those two weeks, we navigated the choppy waves of South China Sea, drifted down the peaceful waters of rivers, and clambered the rugged terrains of rain forests and mountains. We enjoyed the flavors of local and aboriginal foods. We saw in the wild all kinds of majestic, …

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Repatriation Life: One Year In

Repatriation Life I Am A Triangle

We have – just today – crossed the one year mark of our repatriation life. I rewatched the video we made when we moved into our apartment. So, I survived snow, ice, and bare trees of the Winter. Then I enjoyed crisp, sunny days of Spring and warm, green trees and colorful flower days of Summer. Finishing out with Fall and its amazing color changes of the trees. I nurtured new friendships that I know will last for life. Together …

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Letting Go of Friendships

Letting go of friendships

I love autumn.  The colours; browns, reds, oranges, yellows – all my favourites.   The weather; (depending on where you live, of course) you’re not disappointed anymore when it’s not such a warm and sunny day, you expect it to vary. And you can be grateful that the real cold hasn’t hit yet.  The clothes; you can still get away with t-shirts, get more wear out of lighter jackets and you can choose to wear your boots or a hat …

Cultivating an Attitude of Gratitude

Attitude of Gratitude I Am A Triangle

“When life is sweet, say thank you and celebrate. And when life is bitter, say thank you and grow.” ~ Shauna Niequist Life overseas as an expat has its perks. Many times, moving overseas means living in a beautifully furnished house or apartment, provided by one’s employer, in a posh neighborhood. In many parts of the world, daily life suddenly includes cleaning ladies, cooks, nannies, and drivers. Our children have opportunities to attend world-class international schools, immerse in unique cultures, …