Blog Archive

28.02.2014
I work as a 2nd mate on offshore vessels in the oil and gas industry. The job has taken me to many places in the world. In February 2010, I was given the opportunity to work in Brazil. A country I had never been to; not even a continent I had visited. This was to be my first true taste of being a Gringo! I cannot claim to be a true expat as I work...
25.02.2014
Rip Van Winkle was an amiable, somewhat lazy man. His neighbors – especially the children – loved him. He loved to wander through the woods with his dog and his rifle. A favorite expression of his was, “Today is nice”. He disliked and avoided gainful labor, for which his wife nagged him incessantly, and not without reason, for his neglect left the...
17.02.2014
In a 2013 article on Forbes called  “Enter the First Globals” a poll found that more than 1/3 of Gen Y thought they would live and work in a foreign country and call it “home” at some point in their lives. http://www.forbes.com/sites/johnzogby/2013/07/01/enter-the-first-globals/ So that begs the question – why are 20 somethings more adventurous...
14.02.2014
Moving Hoover The Basset Hound Hoover the basset hound has his bag packed with life’s necessities: food, toys, and treats. Is he ready to relocate with his family to Brighton, England? Not quite. Pet importation is strictly regulated by the UK’s Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). The UK also has brought its import...
10.02.2014
I wait at a red light, eager to drive through Paris. The light turns green but before I can accelerate, the man behind me honks. I realize cars from the other direction are blocking the way. I can’t move. More people honk. My mind races, taken over by an ugly strain of accusations directed at my host country. On the surface, it sounds ridiculous...
03.02.2014
Benefits of an Expat Posting for Children Staff at St. John’s International School recently asked expat parents and their children, all high school students, what they expect to be the main benefits of the current expat assignment for their children. Expat assignments are excellent opportunities for advancing a career and for families to...