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Repatriation During the Holidays is Harder Than Being Overseas….

The pitfall of living overseas is the inevitability of coming home. Dull. And with that the recalibration of expectations that the Offspring have regarding holidays and how they are spent. Some expats have a problem living overseas during traditional American … Continue reading

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Culture Shock In Photos

For the past several days I`ve been trying to figure out how the Cloud ate all my photos. The ones that hadn`t been consumed were permanently frozen on my phone, no longer available for sharing, emailing, or converting in to … Continue reading

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Moving Diaries- Episode 2- One Teenager, One Car,Two Dogs, and 3000 Miles

In the Clampitt family we love our Offspring but it`s possible we love our dogs more. When you think about it, until the Offspring can talk, a pediatrician and a veterinarian are interchangeable. Both keep you up all night as … Continue reading

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Vancouver – A Great Place to Leave your Children

So I must admit. Spouse and I started our indoctrination trip in Vancouver for purely selfish reasons. I haven`t calculated exactly how far Vancouver is from Montreal but give or take  4,889 km or 3,037 miles would be a good … Continue reading

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Hiroshima – Is It a Must See?

I`ll admit it to you. As much as I like to check off all UNESCO sites no matter how uninteresting some may be, Hiroshima was not high on my list of places to visit. As a UNESCO site it draws … Continue reading

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Beginnings and Endings

The Nose called. “Talk to Dad- here he is.” He`d been sick. “Hey Dad- I`ll be there on the 23rd. Just dropping our stuff in Montreal first.” His voice had changed since he`d gotten sick- a sickness of unknown origin. … Continue reading

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“You Know You`re In Japan When….”

It`s time for another captivating installment of our continuing series. We switch our attention to practices less commonly discussed in the journalling done on the plane ride home, however, that doesn`t mean it isn`t exciting. Today`s riveting cultural tidbit? “You … Continue reading

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You Know You`re In Japan When….

For those of you just tuning in, last post started the series, “You Know You`re In Japan When….” Welcome to this week`s photo flipping, page turning episode entitled: “You know you`re in Japan when you start taking pictures of your … Continue reading

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How Could Something So Pretty Smell So Bad?

And I don`t mean my smelly brood. I`m referring to one of the World`s Great Mysteries. Not as famous as Crop Circles, the building of the pyramids or the disappearance of the Mayans, but equally mysterious. Just how is it … Continue reading

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Even the Japanese are Excited About Bama!

Well football fans, the Tide is going to the National Championship. Again. Only diamond ear rings the size of my eyeballs would get me more excited. Alabama has rabid fans everywhere. And no one, nowhere, nohow, can out cheer  the … Continue reading

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