Thursday, April 24, 2014
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Sunday, April 20, 2014
If you are going overseas because of a job that regularly places people overseas they should be able to help with your transition. But if you are on your own find blogs/message boards/etc with families already living in the country or town where you will relocate to and reach out. I get emails all the time and do my best to answer questions. Ask them the questions you know you have, but also ask what their day to day life is like, this can give you a better idea of what to expect.
Will your baby start eating solids and need baby food? Start walking and need shoes? Will your toddler hit a growth spurt and need a whole new wardrobe (seemingly overnight as is usually the case)? What medicines will you need? Diapers? Training diapers? Once you have brainstormed, try to figure out what will be available in your new country. It's also good to know about shipping into the country and if there are restrictions.
We come across a lot of surprise, polite questioning of motives, the "oh your families must miss you", and "I could never do that because..." (which is really often a judgement in disguise). We know why we live abroad and the benefits for our family and share these to varying degrees depending on the individual. Some will never understand. Some will be inspired. Some will live vicariously through you.
4. Make a plan of communication with family and friends.
Find a time that Skype works for you. Set up a blog. Facebook pictures. Email. Do what works for you and the folks back home.
5. Bring traditions from home and start new ones.
Christmas in a country that is Buddhist will never be the same as Christmas at home. Easter will go by without a blink of an eye. And you will have new holidays to learn and celebrate. Make the best out of all of it. Bring things from home or recreate holiday traditions and find some new things your family can do and possibly take with you when you leave.
6. Find other families to hang out with.
Moving abroad will inevitably involve many different cribs/beds/airplane seats/laps/car seats - you name it - both during the trip there, but in settling-in and travel once you get there.
8. Know that things will be different, and different is ok, it can even be great! (Though fried pork fiber for baby? Not great).
Are you raising a young family overseas? What advice do you have?
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Potatoes, cream, butter, cheese and garlic. Put them all together and you have the weirdly wonderful stretchy dish typical of the area of L'Aubrac in southern France called Aligot. It looks like mashed potatoes on the plate, but you have to cut it like melted cheese to eat it.
We were invited to lunch by our friend's parents and were excited to learn we were having aligot. Of course it was amazing (how could that combo of ingredients go wrong?!) and boy does it fill you up. Remember to save room for the post meal cheese tray and coffee, plus dessert if things are really going your way.
A word for the little ones, I'd suggest cutting it for them, otherwise they risk swallowing a long string and choking.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
More to come about the places we've visited, the food we've eaten, and our next stop - Paris.