Should I Stay or Should I Go?

A review of the book by Paul Allen Paul Allen is a British expat journalist living in Spain. I was fascinated by his book, The Truth About Moving Abroad and Whether It’s Right for You: Should I Stay or Should I Go? because it’s the first I’ve read about expatriation from a non-US-centric perspective. Allen […]

It’s the #1 Best Seller!

A few months ago I reviewed How to Retire Overseas: Everything You Need to Know to Live Well (for Less) Abroad by Kathleen Peddicord. Kathleen is the publisher of Live and Invest Overseas, which publishes a free daily e-letter as well as a monthly magazine and other resources for expats and would-be expats. Today, Live […]

At Home in a Spaceship

Expat TV Series/Movie Review: Firefly and Serenity I’m not a big TV watcher. In fact, I almost never watch TV. But once in a while a show comes along that really catches my fancy. My kids introduced me to Firefly, sadly after it had already been cancelled. (That’s common with shows I like, I might […]

Hard Things Survive

A Review of The Samurai’s Daughter by Sujata Massey Christmas in San Francisco – what an exciting holiday! But not for Japanese-American Rei Shimura, who grew up there. Rei has lived in Japan for several years, the fruition of a lifelong dream. She eked out a living teaching English to business people when she first […]

As Different as East and West

Two Expat Movies: American East and Sabah: A Love Story Both these movies deal with the clash of Middle Eastern cultures in a western setting, but they’re as different as East and West. American East has a gritty feel, starting with the opening sequence which shows a post-9/11 terror alert level red indicator. The newsfeed-style […]

The Best Resource You’ll Ever Find for Planning Your Overseas Retirement

A Review of How to Retire Overseas by Kathleen Peddicord I’ve been following Kathleen for a few years now, and she definitely knows what’s what when it comes to living the expat life. She’s been in the business of helping people find new lives in new countries for 23 years, and has moved – with […]

From New York to New York

Kate & Leopold Starring Meg Ryan and Hugh Jackman Leopold, Duke of Albany, is spending 1867 in New York City, sent there by his family in disgrace because he is 30 and not yet married. While watching a speech by the designer of the Brooklyn Bridge, Leopold sees someone behaving oddly in the crowd. Later […]

Almost French/I’ll Never Be French

Last week my youngest daughter flew from Orlando, FL to Europe. She’ll be spending about 2-1/2 months in Lille, France to round out her gap year between high school and college. In honor of her French adventure, I decided to review a couple of books by expats in France. Almost French, subtitled Love and a […]

A Hundred Million Miracles

A Review of the Movie Flower Drum Song “A hundred million miracles are happening every day.” That’s the opening song in the movie, Flower Drum Song, and the theme that sparkles throughout the entire musical. Flower Drum Song is also the story of cultures on collision courses with each other – East vs. West, traditional […]

Expat Experience Gone Bad: A Passage to India

EM Forster’s classic novel of India under the British Raj examines the dark side of the expatriate experience. Although not absolutely necessary, it helps to understand a little of the history of England’s presence in India, because, central to the novel’s core, is the oppressor’s fascination with and repugnance of the oppressed – and vice […]