Expat Life

Approaching a new life phase — wanderlust

Approaching a new life phase — wanderlust

--Sponsored post -- By Cathy McKay As we come into our "latter years," we have lots of big decisions to make. One of the biggest is where we want to spend those years? It could be abroad. Well, the time is drawing near.  After working hard for what—30 or 40 years—we...

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Hojalatero

Hojalatero

Authors note: I wrote this piece about five years ago after having arrived in Ecuador only a few weeks earlier. I’ve learned a lot about the folks here since then and a quite a bit more Spanish also! The shop is still there and the same artisan is still tapping that...

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How to obtain a Panama driver’s license as an expat

How to obtain a Panama driver’s license as an expat

By LP Wirth Getting a Panama driver's license as an Expat differs from that of a Panamanian citizen. Anyone who has driven in NYC, Paris, Berlin, or Madrid will manage to drive in Panama. Bring patience, alertness, though, and a valid driver's license. If you are in...

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Are you Globetrotters or Lifers?

Are you Globetrotters or Lifers?

By Cathy McKay Some expats choose to stay in one place. Other want the freedom to travel around the world. But no decision is necessarily irreversible. Having lived in Cuenca for over a year now, I have had the opportunity to meet and befriend many expats. They have...

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Spider! Beware!

Spider! Beware!

By Jeremiah Reardon Its mind made up, the four-inch wide insect plopped onto the street and stepped gingerly across the concrete. For a few minutes I stood over it, fascinated by its steady gait toward the other side. If traffic remained light, its chances looked...

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Iglesia de Turi

Iglesia de Turi

Two and a half miles due south of the New Cathedral, offering much needed adornment to an otherwise unsightly and commercially developed hilltop, sits Iglesia de Turi. If it didn’t enjoy its commanding location, offering beautiful panoramic views of the city, it would...

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A Vibrant Expat Community: San Miguel de Allende

A Vibrant Expat Community: San Miguel de Allende

By Gwen Hyatt If you are considering becoming an expat, San Miguel de Allende in Mexico might be a great fit for you. Art, food, architecture--it has it all and more. There is a reason 300,000 readers of Condé Nast Traveler rated San Miguel de Allende, Mexico as their...

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Tasting life twice … the starlight and the sleep

Tasting life twice … the starlight and the sleep

We live to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection. --Anaїs Nin. Let this book as it ends remember the hand that wrote it. the eyes that slowly learned its alphabet, the thumb that peeled back its pages. The days were marked beforehand: phases of the...

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Cultivating a support system as an expat

Cultivating a support system as an expat

By Cathy McKay Now that you are an expat who has landed in your host country, you need to think about how to create a support system like you had back home. After spending months or even years planning and putting your move into place to get to your destination...

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More than ever, we need a little help from our friends

More than ever, we need a little help from our friends

It is difficult for me to describe the moment: it was like being drenched by a hard rain or feeling the chill of dread when you realize the novel you are reading may not have a happy ending. I met a friend in a local cafe last week. I invited her to come down and tell...

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