With three international moves together (USA, UK, Canada) hubby and I have discovered that the one thing you can’t escape each time you move to a new country is The Paperwork! In this two-part post we share a few of the admin matters that were top of the list for us. Whether you are contemplating … Continue reading Moving Countries? Master the Admin (Part One)
photo credit: Arlene Amitirigala ...Lower Your Expectations! Moving to a new country is exciting. At the beginning there is so much to discover and, if you move to a city like London, every day is a beginning. Even after three plus years I had barely scratched the surface. But what was it like settling in? … Continue reading Moving Countries? The Secret to Settling in Smoothly…
Canada is our third international move as a family but between us both, hubby and I have done about 50 moves...before we met, together, within countries and to new countries. That’s a lot of packing and unpacking! We made our first big move as a family in 2008 to the USA. Our daughter, Lauren, was … Continue reading Moving Countries? Calculate the Stress Load.
‘You are going to Chile to live with your Aunt’ The words were like a wave washing over me suddenly, leaving me drenched, confused and gasping for oxygen. Did I hear that correctly? I’m leaving Jamaica, my school and my friends...to go where? The decision had been made. My brother and I were heading to Santiago, … Continue reading Moving Countries? Teenager in Turmoil
Arlene at age 2, Kingston, Jamaica When I was three years old, I went to live with my paternal grandparents along with my brother. This was a big change for us both. My grandparents enrolled us in a private in-home kindergarten called Auntie’s School. Each morning my Grandmother would walk the half mile to this … Continue reading Adjusting is intentional; ask for what you need