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Parisian Memories

The second I cracked open Doni Belau’s new book “Paris Cocktails,” I developed a renewed desire to travel to Paris. Her elegantly written descriptions and witty wording, combined with perfectly-paired imagery and illustrations, made me want to be right there alongside the author, sipping a cocktail in the city where many famous writers have called home. Read a review of her book and take a trip down memory lane as I recount my last trip to the “City of Love.”

Ranch Rudolf: Out West … in Michigan

From the first year we visited when I was only seven years old until I graduated from high school at 18, my Aunt Linda and I stayed at Ranch Rudolf (RR) year after year without fail. When I went off to Michigan State University and later moved to the Netherlands, the tradition ended. Until this summer.

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

Thank you to Deb of Tag Along Travel for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers award! I am truly touched by the gesture. I enjoyed answering her thoughtful questions and am excited to share them with you today. To provide a little bit of background, Deb travels with her husband Steve, who is frequently on the road for business. In the beginning, she constantly dropped him off and picked him up at the airport. Tired of the routine and waiting at home for him to return, about ten years ago she decided to start tagging along. Through the written word, she recounts her journeys, discussing her favorite destinations, the adventures she encounters and helpful tips and tricks. Read more to see the questions Deb asked me.

Liebster Award

Thank you so much to Elizabeth and Dale from E&D Abroad and Nicolette Orlemans of Culture With Travel for the Liebster Award nomination. I am truly honored by the gesture. I really enjoyed answering your thoughtful questions and am excited to share them with you today.

Expat Life: Tips to Integrate in a New Culture

Moving to a new country can surface a range of emotions: the bubbling excitement in the wake of a new adventure; the five senses acutely stimulated, anxiously ready to explore the new environment; the anticipation of new experiences and meeting new friends. Relocating can also instill fear or dread, walking into the unknown and unsure of what to expect. It can be daunting to start over from scratch, having to relearn even the simplest of things like the location of the nearest grocery store. Expat life has so many complex facets.

Last week’s #CultureTrav topic with founder Nicolette and our guest host Cherrie led me to reflect on my own life as an expat. In February 2011, I moved to the Netherlands and have been living in the country ever since. We lived in Utrecht for a year and in Amsterdam now for three. Over the last four years, I’ve experienced a range of ups and downs, but I wouldn’t trade my time abroad for anything. This Blog outlines three tips I’ve learned along the way to help expats integrate into a new culture.

Four Years in The Netherlands

Four years. That is precisely how long I have been living in the Netherlands. My days are pretty routine, just like any other day in any other country. I wake up, spend majority of the day working, exercise, eat and sleep. Sometimes I mix in social engagements or other leisure activities. Every so often it feels as if I’m in this dream-like state, where any moment I’m going to wake up in my childhood bed in Detroit. I’m not where I grew up, though. I am not in the United States. I am in Holland.