Hello world! Sorry for my absence, things have been complicated around here. I have news: I quit my job- say hello to unemployment, I left Ecuador- where am I going to work next?, and recently, I lost an amazing person to suicide, which has been a real shock. First, I quit my job. Among many…Read more Let’s get personal: Adiós Ecuador, goodbye my friend
It took me a lot of experiences to realize how much we need feminism (equal rights!) in the world, and how much being a “women” impacted me. I always thought that being a girl was just like having dark hair, it does not impact me in any way. I was so wrong. It impacted me while…Read more Women Working Abroad and Exploring the World: let’s do it!
A week ago a new friend asked me “But do you plan to live abroad forever? Don’t you want to go back to your home-country?” This question hit me hard. No, I don’t want to go back to my home-country, this is for sure. But I also don’t want to move around forever. Live out…Read more Foreigner Everywhere…
I don’t want to get into politics, but as a person who has lived in several countries, had to deal with immigration, and has a normal sense of what is right, I can’t afford to stay quiet. Throughout my journey in the developing world, I’ve met lots of self-called ‘expats’. Very good heartened people, mostly…Read more Privilege, the expat-syndrome and DACA
The concept of home is like a relationship... The country you were born is your family. You love them, you want to spend time with them, but you didn’t really choose them. But you can choose someone to spend your life with, your husband/wife/partner, just like you can pick the country you want to spend…Read more Where is home?
If you have ever attended any culture shock/ live abroad orientation you’ve heard about the “3-month period” or "the U curve." This is the time when the honeymoon is over, and you become hostile to the new environment. What was fun before, is now painful, and it almost feels unbearable. That’s when people question their decision…Read more The 3-month period
Another culture shock in Ecuador: they are always late - they make fun of themselves for that - and they will ask personal questions (and don’t try to avoid them). It doesn’t matter if you are in the professional setting or personal, 15 minutes late is the bare minimum for everything. In meetings, you will…Read more Where did my personal space go?