7 things you should know before moving abroad

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I’ve lived abroad three times in my life. Once was a homestay in France, once was a semester studying in Germany, and now I live and work in Japan. I don’t expect that I will ever move back to the States. I love Japan and have wanted to live abroad almost as long as I can remember. Even so, it has sometimes been challenging for a girl from suburban Arizona who didn’t even get a passport until she was 18, and lately I’ve been wondering what I would tell my younger self to better prepare her for this crazy expat life.

With the help of our globetrotting friends, we’ve come up with this list of seven things you should know before moving abroad.

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Thanksgiving To-Go

Loving Food, Fashion, & Life

Thanksgiving meal

Turkey & gravy, green beans, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, stuffing, and mashed potatoes.

So, if you have nothing else to do today, love on some Thanksgiving dinner from anywhere.

Take-Away Life Lesson:  Getting your Thanksgiving dinner to-go can save you from both cooking and cleaning for the day.

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11:27 a.m. on 11/27/13

A String of Pearls

This is a post and a proposal. The post comes first and, after that, a proposal for you. You can read about my idea below as well as here.

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We’re at the counter of a convenience store in a small town on our way north to visit my family for Thanksgiving, paying for drinks and road trip snacks.

There are the usual distractions–candy, toys, magazines.

“Mama, will you buy me a Cosmo?” As in Cosmopolitan magazine.

“No. I’m not paying for a magazine for you.” And especially not a magazine famous for its sex advice!

“Mom, it’s reading material. Material for the car.”

“The last magazine I bought you on a road trip was tossed aside after 12 minutes. 12 minutes. That’s not long enough for four bucks.”

“But mom, I need to know how to sex up my holiday.” My seventeen-year old. She’s brazen, too loud in…

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Gorsedh Kernow

For those of you who have never been to Cornwall and/or don’t know much about it. Things can get a bit expensive down there, but is it a beautiful place to live or is it a beautiful place to…you get the drift.

 

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If you find yourself in Kernow (That’s Cornish for Cornwall) and hear someone address you with the phonetics “Owroit moi luvurr” just smile and say hello back. It’s essentially what was being said to you in the first place.

 

Jeremy Rowe

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Today was my first ever visit to the Gorsedh ceremony (born and bred in Cornwall, and still so many things I haven’t seen). It was a colourful occasion – held this year in Penryn on the site of the historic Glasney College – celebrating the Cornish culture, language and heritage.

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There was traditional music and dancing as well as recognition of those, both in Cornwall and around the world, who had done their bit for Cornish culture and heritage. I was there deputising for Council Leader John Pollard who, along with Julian German and Bert Biscoe, had donned the blue robes by virtue of being a Cornish Bard.

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For me it was a demonstration that nationalism doesn’t have to be of the BNP/EDL variety – instead it can be, as the Gorsedh is, a celebration of culture, heritage and inclusiveness.

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