Category Archives: expat

A NEW JOB, A FAMILIAR PLACE, A FANTASTIC NEW ADVENTURE

From behind a window on the second story of our house, I watched a racoon drop into the nook of our Tulip Poplar, the massive tree in our new front yard.  We were all settling in, it seemed. The racoon … Continue reading

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WATCH IT, SHARE IT, JOIN US! TRAILER FOR ICELAND WRITERS RETREAT

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REPATRIATE

Observations of a recent expat trying to repatriate in Washington DC: *Cicadas are loud. And when they are dead, I’m totally fascinated by their shiny fat heads. *Clouds form on the horizon when it is super hot, not because it … Continue reading

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IN BETWEEN

“I live in America now,” I say, my voice growing quiet and then rising at the end of the sentence as if it is a question. But I’m pretty sure this statement is a fact. Our grand home in Iceland … Continue reading

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HERE WE GO, AGAIN

I stood in the pantry and stared at the overcrowded shelves. Spilling with the detritus of the last two years, my eyes moved over the shelf that’s sort-of designated for wrapping paper and the one that’s sort-of designated for holiday … Continue reading

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MY ICELAND BUCKET LIST

We move to the US in under six weeks. As much as I’m in denial, a quick glance at my calendar and the heart palpitations begin. Not only because there’s so much sorting and packing and (insert curse word here) … Continue reading

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ALL-INCLUSIVE

When I was a little girl we took a lot of family vacations. My parents were both teachers and they love to travel, so we took full advantage of our summers. Mostly, a family vacation meant piling in the car … Continue reading

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Winter Solstice in Iceland

We live in the darkness, sharing our blackened world with troll-like creatures that sneak into our homes. At night, these trolls lick our pots, steal our sausages, slurp our Skyr and leave small gifts for the children. In the waking … Continue reading

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MY DAILY FIX: COFFEE & CAFES IN REYKJAVIK

In high school we used to sneak off campus and drive over to Rae’s, a 1950s-style diner, to drink tall iced coffees and smoke cigarettes. Some nights, we’d head east and saunter into Canter’s Deli. In bright red lipstick, vintage … Continue reading

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ICELAND’S MOST POPULAR THINGS: Going to Feed Ducks

A guest blog by my daughter, R, age 6 1/2 I was with my mom and we walked to the ducks and we found lots of interesting things. And in this story, you’ll find lots of them. And if you … Continue reading

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