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Where I Am From

Cornelia Miedler I Am A Triangle

My husband and I took a road trip to the South of France recently. On the search for those famous lavender fields, we stopped in the tiny town of Nyons. It was clearly a place where a lot of tourists ended up on their quest to find the purple beauty. The town itself did not have a lot to offer and it was difficult to find a restaurant that had a table for two because of all the out-of-towners invading …

I Am A Triangle Recommended Podcasts

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We have some AMAZING suggestions as it relates to I Am A Triangle recommended podcasts! If you have additional resources that you would suggest or podcasts to recommend, please leave them in the comments! First up, our featured podcast, WOW IN THE WORLD from NPR: WOW IN THE WORLD – great kids’ podcast! Visit these links to learn more about other I Am A Triangle Recommended Podcasts!   THE MINDFUL EXPAT Focuses on issues related to emotional wellbeing and resilience …

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International Infinity Day

International Infinity Day David Veitch I Am A Triangle

I had not even had time to think of a subject for this post when somebody suggested Infinity Day. This seemed a good topic as International Infinity Day is the official launch date for the new expat and repatriate network: “I am a Triangle”. Knowing nothing about Infinity Day except its date 8th August I had to look it up. What I found initially sounded a little too intellectual for me: “Celebrating and promoting Philosophy and Philosophising”. I had difficulty …

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Following my husband and capturing the fabulise

Warren Wong Lisa Browne I Am A Triangle

It’s basically a free pass to reinvent yourself. Or at least it has been for me. I’m talking about the urge to start anew when you land in a new country as an expat. For me, following my husband meant I gave up a job (and you may have done the same, given up a job or career in your passport country, or the country that you lived in previously). My first time jumping ship and following my husband allowed …

To Infinity and Beyond: How to Launch your TCK into a New School with Confidence

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Starting at a new school can be both exciting and terrifying for any student. Whether it’s your child’s first, fourth or fifteenth move, switching to a new school is never easy. With so many unknowns, silent questions play on the minds of new students in the lead up to that first day. For Third Culture Kids* (TCK) moving from one culture to another, there is often the added unknown of cultural differences and expectations, which can shake their self-confidence and …

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Knock Knock, Who’s There?

Denise Schnitzer I Am A Triangle

Knock, knock. Who’s there? Your cancelled visa and repatriation plane ticket. Nine months ago, HH (handsome hubby) and I repatriated to the USA. After four magical years in Abu Dhabi, UAE, we put our worldly possessions into 32 boxes and prayed for them to end up on land, not at the bottom of the ocean. We gifted our plants, dishes, anything with a plug, and all food stuffs from the cupboards and fridge to friends and building staff.   Attending “good-bye” parties …

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The Space Between: Arriving and Departing

Carolyn Parse Rizzo I Am A Triangle

Let’s leave grazing to cows and go Where we know what everyone really intends Where we can walk around without clothes on. –from Rumi’s Let’s Go Home The space between arriving and departing can be rich and profound, but be warned: if still waters run deep then diving down there swirls the sludge around. What was lodged and decaying may surface. It can be disruptive.  Be ready! It’s summer, you’re on vacation. There you are, doing the backstroke, eyes closed, …

How to Relate to Non-Expats

Repatriation Relationships I Am A Triangle

As widely known amongst expats who have made the move back to their home countries, repatriating can be just as, if not more, difficult than moving overseas. When relocating overseas to a new and unfamiliar country, we expect a period of adjustment to new surroundings, a new culture, new foods, a new language and a new way and rhythm of daily life. We prepare for the move by reading up on the country, culture, climate and food; studying the language; …

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This Is Home: Unconditional Love

This Is Home Angela Ressa I Am A Triangle

Like many of you, I had a really rotten childhood. I won’t go into details in this particular post, but I do want to mention the importance of loving your children in a way that they can feel it. Unconditional love. Find a way to demonstrate that love so they grow up with a deep knowing that they, as human beings are loved, unconditionally. Because the alternative is that they will have to live in constant doubt. Desperately searching for …

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Ten tips to help you adapt to a new culture

Les Anderson Unsplash I Am A Triangle

Moving to a new country is exciting, stimulating and exhilarating. It can also be exhausting and just plain scary. I moved to Egypt two years ago to be with my Egyptian husband, and whilst it was one of the most thrilling experiences of my life, for a long time every day presented challenges that drained and frustrated me. In truth, it doesn’t matter how much research you do, or how many books you read, nothing can truly prepare you for …