Tag Archive: expat

Jul 05 2009

Sweet, cloud-covered relief


I seem to lament annually on the challenges of being an expat on the 4th of July.  There’s just no way to create even a reasonable facsimile of this most American of holidays here among the Vikings. And for me, it’s doubly tough to be so far away from home on Independence Day because it’s …

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Dec 05 2008

Ex-pat American stash

I’m about 85 percent unpacked from my Thanksgiving trip to the good ol’ US of A, and that’s WAY ahead of my normal schedule. Once the dirty clothes are extracted, I tend to unload everything else ‘as needed’, which means my suitcases can lay around partially empty/full (depending on your perspective) for weeks after a …

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Nov 04 2008

Time for us all to be patriots

Happy U.S. Election Day Everybody!  And it's been such a long time coming. It's just about 8:30 a.m. here in Sweden…the polls don't open on the East Coast for another three and a-half hours…and I've already been in tears twice this morning. This election is so important for the future of our country, the choice is …

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Jun 15 2007

Taxing day for ex-pats

Today is the deadline for Americans living abroad to file their tax returns…which means I sent mine in yesterday. The U.S. is the only industrialized nation that taxes its citizens on foreign-earned income, which in the case of ex-pats has already been taxed once in the country where they live.  And here in Sweden, that …

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Jun 05 2006

“We didn’t elect him.”

For as long as I’ve lived abroad, I’ve had to face some form of the following question on a regular basis: How could the American people have elected George W. Bush president? And my answer has always been the same: We didn’t. This was fairly easy to explain the FIRST time we didn’t elect him …

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Sep 19 2005

Oslo was “Fabu!”

And according to this site, “fabu!” really is a word! “If something is even more fabulous than fabulous it becomes fabu! Always said with an exclamation mark after the word.” The conference I attended was basically a gathering of (mostly) American ex-pat clubs from all over the Nordic region.  The company, food and (surprisingly) entertainment were all fantastic.  I …

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Aug 06 2005

Surreality strikes…

It doesn’t happen as often as it used to, but every once in awhile I have an experience that makes me stop and think, “Oh my gosh…I live in Sweden!”  And generally, it isn’t even about *Sweden* per se, but about being somewhere other than the United States. Kind of like when Dorothy tells Toto …

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