My Life as a White Migrant

Tiny Raccon perches on a pillow on a business class airline seat. Below sits a passport, in a case that says "without this I'm nothing"

  Ever since I read this article on the use of the word “expat” being exclusive to white people from western countries, I have been thinking about my own experiences living in a variety of places, through that lense. The words we use are not the only difference. When it comes to my immigration situation, […]

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Being an Expat

I (still) worry my life is vastly more boring now that I’m no longer an expat… but maybe returning “home” just takes some acclimatising, just as moving to a “foreign” place did. A lot of people talk about living abroad, but it’s something that people don’t always get around to. Time. Opportunity. Whatever. Or just because […]

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On Coming “Home”

Yotsuba and Danbo:Trick or Treat on Halloween

A while ago, someone introduced me to the concept of “Third Culture Kids”. “Third culture kid (TCK, 3CK) is a term used to refer to children who were raised in a culture outside of their parents’ culture for a significant part of their development years.” I remember identifying with some of the aspects, of not […]

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Sydney, One Year On

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about when I decided to move to Sydney. The two week period in which I changed my mind every day – multiple times a day, even. I cried every day. It was a difficult decision, where to go, and it was hard to live a place that I loved, […]

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Expat Adventures in Romance

I’m scheduling this post for Valentines day, when I’m sure the blogosphere (and everywhere else) will be full of romance. I’m not a big fan of Valentines day, myself. Last year I was in Japan with the Passive Aggressive, wondering if her inability to even go to the corner shop by herself would cause me […]

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Expat Adventures: Getting a Car

Last Friday I bought a car – it’s winter and therefore the ski season, and I get a little crazy living in the cold if I don’t ski. Skiing is the point of living somewhere cold, I think. On Monday I went to get my license exchanged. It was painless. I handed in my British […]

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Expat Reflections

There are many things I love about Canada, but as it’s now October I should warn you: winter is not one of them. It’s so cold here that going outside feels potentially fatal. Of course, last winter (my first) was particularly bad as the result of certain situations and the 51 day bus strike (which […]

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