10 Ways: Miami | Santo Domingo

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Above: Well organized signage from my local market, Presidente Floridians say Miami is not really a part of America, that in fact it really is an extension of Latin America. I have only lived in one Latin American country, the Dominican Republic, so I’m no expert, but I did live there for…

Miami Does It Different

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I moved to Miami 2 1/2 months ago and I’m still settling in. In many ways I still don’t feel like I’m really here. Mostly this is because I am only just starting to connect with the community. I have been working freelance (graphic design) in Fort Lauderdale. The office is small,…

The Expat Persona

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Recently, I was contacted by HiFX and asked to contribute to their expat tip campaign. Even though technically, I am no longer an expat, I still feel like one and it caused me to think about what exactly is the “expat persona”, ie., what are the qualities in a person that cause…

The English Student

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Above: Karan’s notebook with his vocabulary words with Tamil translation written in its alphabet. It has been 2.5 months since Karan triumphantly returned from India, after so much stress and drama. We had hoped to move quickly down to Miami and begin the new chapter of our life together. Alas, Father Time…

Upside Down & Backwards — Lessons Learned from the Third World

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Above: Decorative gate in the Zona Colonial, Santo Domingo. Living in the Third World taught me so much, it shaped me into the woman I am today. I have mentioned numerous times in posts before that I believe every one living in the Developed World should spend at least 3 months living…