Posts Tagged "moving"

All things domestic in Port Vila

Posted by on May 8, 2015 in Life in Vanuatu | 2 comments

All things domestic in Port Vila

I’ve thought about posting a couple of times in the last couple of weeks but everything here (and in my head) feels like such a disorganized mash-up of good and bad, overwhelming and (barely) manageable, frustrating and unexpectedly sweet. And complicated. Everything seems to be more complicated and time consuming than it feels like it should be at the moment. I like to have a point when I write something—a bit of a theme. And we’ve got too many important balls in the air to at the moment to pinpoint one, so I’ve temporarily tossed out my need for theme and I’ll just update you...

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Inside a Category Five Move

Posted by on Apr 17, 2015 in Life in Vanuatu, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Inside a Category Five Move

Inside a Category Five Move

Want to know what the first full day in our new country was like? Here’s a peek at the nitty-gritty of moving to paradise… Woke up excited that we got to move into our new house, a house we are buying(!!), for the first time. Relished the novelty of knowing we would have a home-base for the entire time we live in Vanuatu. Picked up new car, and then had to drive it home on the other side of the road from what I’m used to, in the rain. After navigating manymanymany potholes and the steep hill on the dirt road leading out to our house, I felt thankful we’d bought a four-wheel drive...

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This Season Of Leaving

Posted by on Jan 12, 2015 in Life in Laos | 3 comments

This Season Of Leaving

Laos is beautiful this time of year. During these three months it’s easy to forget how oppressive I find the heat during the rest of the year. But it was deliciously cool this morning as I walked through the streets of downtown. The Mekong glowed in the early light. Tuk tuk drivers shrugged and smiled as I declined their offers. I thought—as I’ve thought many times since we made the decision to move—that there are many things I will miss about this country. I know this move is a good decision for us. Mike will be taking on a Country Director role that’s a good step for him...

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A dozen things to be thankful for here in Vientiane

Posted by on Nov 21, 2013 in Life in Laos | 6 comments

A dozen things to be thankful for here in Vientiane

Pre-Script: I wrote this post yesterday and was telling Mike about it last night, when he informed me that Thanksgiving is next week. Oh well. I’m gonna post it anyway, because things have been going really well, but I saw pickups and workers arriving at the unfinished houses next door this morning and now the sweet strains of electric power tools and nail guns are serenading us. If this becomes the new norm, then next week it might have all gone to hell in a hand basket and I’ll want to write about that, so I better get my happy thanksgiving post in while I’m still feeling the vibe....

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Helping toddlers and young children cope with change and moving overseas

Posted by on Nov 5, 2013 in Parenting | 0 comments

Helping toddlers and young children cope with change and moving overseas

I’m back on the writer’s schedule for A Life Overseas after my “maternity leave”. Here’s today’s post… If you have a toddler or young child and you’ve moved overseas, you might have learned (as I am learning) that the adage that kids are resilient doesn’t mean that change doesn’t cost them. Most children might be generally adaptable, but many are firmly attached to valued routines and known, safe spaces. Moving comes at an energy and emotional cost to young children, just as it does to adults. It’s been a week today since I arrived back in...

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Farewell, Luang Prabang

Posted by on Apr 10, 2013 in Life in Laos | 12 comments

Farewell, Luang Prabang

Ever since I published my post discussing how I hadn’t taken time yet to think about farewelling Luang Prabang, Mike has been bugging encouraging me to write a goodbye post on things I’ll miss about this little fairytale town. He even wrote his own list to show me how it’s done, titled the document “I like LPB”, and put it in our shared Dropbox folder. Mike’s list has 36 items on it. I haven’t read them yet, because I figured that might be cheating. I thought briefly about just posting his list and being done with it, but regretfully decided that was also probably cheating. So...

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Timeless Choices

Posted by on Apr 8, 2013 in Life in Laos, Parenting | 8 comments

Timeless Choices

Christmas was just a couple of weeks ago, right? I remember thinking that I needed to write a post on books I’d loved in 2012, set some creative goals for 2013, and find a great birthday present for Mike to make up for the fact that my Christmas presents consisted of some basil seeds, my old broken kindle, and a child’s toy with a bite taken out it. But now it’s April. I still need to do all of that, and Mike’s birthday was in the beginning of March. I’m taking a deep, soothing breath and telling myself that this is to be expected when you live in a small town whose slogan is...

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Goodbyes: Does Practice Really Make Perfect?

Posted by on Apr 3, 2013 in Travel | 2 comments

Goodbyes: Does Practice Really Make Perfect?

Change is in the air. After three years here in Luang Prabang, we’re leaving. My husband, Mike, is taking up a new job in Vientiane (the capital of Laos), so we’re packing up our life here and moving. We’re also having another baby in just over four months. Because of the lack of quality medical care in Laos, it would be less than wise for me to give birth in this country. Because I have a chronic health condition called lymphedema that makes enduring hot weather heat difficult and damaging, it would also be less than wise to stay here, heavily pregnant, through the worst of the hot...

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What’s next: Updates and intentions

Posted by on Feb 26, 2013 in Life in Laos | 12 comments

What’s next: Updates and intentions

WE HAVE MADE A DECISION ABOUT WHAT’S NEXT! Yes, after eight months of limbo I do think every letter in that phrase deserves to be a capital. We are moving to Vientiane – the capital of Laos. Mike has signed a two-year contract to be the Strategic Initiatives Manager for the development organization he works for. This has all sorts of flow-on implications for the rest of the year. For starters, I can’t stay in Laos during the third trimester of my pregnancy, so I’ll be heading to Australia sometime in mid-May. Thankfully, we can stay up here in Luang Prabang until then (previously we...

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Leaving On A Jet Plane

Posted by on Jan 28, 2013 in Life in Laos | 27 comments

Leaving On A Jet Plane

 The same weekend that Love At The Speed Of Email launched, way back in June last year, Mike and I learned that we’d be leaving Luang Prabang in April 2013. Mike’s position is being handed over to a Lao national staff member, which is good. Working yourself out of a job is exactly what you want to do in international development work, and Mike’s great at that sort of capacity building. So this is a good thing, and we always knew we wouldn’t be here long term. And, yet. There’s a difference between knowing you won’t be somewhere long term – that you might be moving in “oh, a...

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