Expat Life

Listening to the storytellers

Listening to the storytellers

One of the many advantages of being a journalist is that you can take your workplace anywhere. You do not need a forge or kiln, a frame stretched with canvas, or cans of spray paint and a vacant wall. All you need is a laptop to capture what you are writing and a...

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Toucan Barbet

Toucan Barbet

Several years ago, Edie and I decided to take our cameras and their support equipment on a different type of shoot. We had never done any planned bird photography and decided to try our hands at it. However, we had both been able to make some very good bird...

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An international voyager finds safe harbor in Cuenca

An international voyager finds safe harbor in Cuenca

Literature has always been illuminated by constellations of memorable characters. One of my favorite stars is Dean Moriarty, the brilliant, adventurous and a little bit crazed protagonist in Jack Kerouac’s, “On the Road.” Fortunately for us, Mr. Moriarty’s star shined...

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Starting a nonprofit organization in Medellin, Colombia

Starting a nonprofit organization in Medellin, Colombia

--Sponsored post-- By Erin Colton-Enberg Wherever you are in the world, creating a nonprofit organization (let alone in your first language) can be a big undertaking. Colombia, like many countries in Latin America, draws the attention of those looking to work in the...

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Covid ‘absolutism’ ignores the human factor

Covid ‘absolutism’ ignores the human factor

By David Leonhardt In a public health emergency, absolutism is a very tempting response: People should cease all behavior that creates additional risk. That instinct led to calls for gay men to stop having sex during the AIDS crisis. It has also spurred campaigns for...

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Nieblas Andinas

Nieblas Andinas

Few people get to see the things I have seen. Fewer still record their visions. Even fewer write of them. When there is a chance to show the world we live in but rarely see, it’s good to share it. I’m fairly well traveled even though I wouldn’t say I had “seen the...

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Letter to my sister

Letter to my sister

Dear Paulee, When I woke up this morning the sky was nearly clear. I thought the flotilla of clouds sailing far down the valley would find moorage on the coast, but they tacked upwind instead, gathering strength in numbers until they became a single vast grey ship...

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Why live in Spain?

Why live in Spain?

--Sponsored post-- By Marjorie Jean Vera Five days earlier, I arrived back to NY from Barcelona. On my way back, I had made a vow in my travel journal and messily scribbled, "If I lose my job..." It’s June 13, 2014 and the World Cup games are about to resume. I had...

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Su Moto Azul

Su Moto Azul

Back when Edie and I lived in the United States, we often went on rides at the end of the day. Our Tundra, Big Red, carried us out of the city and into pine forests and hardwood bottoms. There, the smells and sounds of ancient bayous assuaged the senses in a way that...

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Expat living in Panama City for under $1800 a month

Expat living in Panama City for under $1800 a month

--Sponsored post-- By LP Wirth They refer to Panama as the "Jewel of Central America". It's true for Panama City, a popular expat choice. Panama is a developing country. Some areas are the envy of Central America, such as Panama City. Others lag and are underdeveloped...

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