Category: Exploring

Repatriating: an ex-expat’s dilemma

Living abroad is a fantastic opportunity. So much that the thought of moving back “home” can be quite unsettling. In this blog, a fellow scientist turned writer describes her headspace regarding the possibility of repatriating to the USA. By Jeanette McConnell, PhD I remember when I was ten years old all I wanted to do was move away from home. Don’t…

Bye Bye Academia, Hello Amsterdam

A year of changes So 2015 was a big year for me. What happened? Firstly, my man bought a house for us in Amsterdam. Yes…we have put down our roots. At least for awhile. Why would an American and a Spaniard want to settle in Amsterdam? Because we both love Amsterdam. #duh. What is not to love? Since we decided…

My Sexy Summer Detox

So here is how it started… I had a shitty day. It happens to everyone. Sometimes it’s easy to think you are not good enough at life…at least for me…it’s one of the horrible parts about knowing so many talented people (but hello! not completely complaining here…it’s also a huge privilege!). I love my parents for always praising me when I was…

I’m still significant.

So here it is. This is the elephant in my blog. I haven’t directly discussed the events that have unfolded with me the past year because I couldn’t wrap my head around it exactly (until now). I stopped blogging completely because all my brain waves were tuned in on just basic survival. Like…without the internet. Staying afloat…keeping up with life…

Home for the Holiday

In light of having a turbulent life this fall, my totally awesome family bought me a plane ticket home for the holidays. I know, right? I’m almost 30 and still get spoiled rotten. I’m almost 30. *shudder* As an expat, I have loads of friends from all over the world. I think that my experience is also unique because I…

Greece-tacular!

“A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.” ― Lao Tzu Greece! I miss you. You have my heart. This summer I was able to visit Greece for the first time, part for a conference and part fun-ness. Feeling blessed to have caught some much needed sunshine, delicious food, and good vibes before the fall weather…

Top 5 summer hotspots for Amsterdammers

If you are looking for summer hotspots in Amsterdam simply by googling “things to do in Amsterdam”…I’m sorry. That really makes me sad for you. Van Gogh museum, Rijksmuseum, Vondelpark (this one is still ok), Red light district, coffee shops…. ENOUGH! If you want to have fun like a Dammer, you need to first think like a Dammer. This means…