Expectations and Reality

One of the most challenging…and rewarding tasks to accomplish, as an expat, is to manage expectations. I have noticed how Americans react to their experiences involving resort stays and tours. I am very involved with using timeshares (and tours), and read reviews of them to get an idea as to what to expect and how …

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Veracruz

While attention is drawn to other places, right about now, Hurricane Katia has come ashore in the Mexican state of Veracruz. It is the second hurricane to hit Veracruz, this season. The previous was the first Hurricane of the season, Franklin, which formed on August 3rd, crossed the Yucatan and then plowed into Veracruz on …

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Earthquake!

That word reminds me of one of our favorite “feel good” movies – “Freaky Friday” with Jamie Lee Curtis and Linsday Lohan. They play a mom and daughter who feel what they believe is an earthquake but have just begun a process for exchanging places with each other, literally. Anyway, there was some Rock and …

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Convergence of Unusual phenomena

There was a partial eclipse, here in Mexico, as in the case of a good part of the U.S. I recall following a nearly total eclipse,back in 1970. using a large telescope, projecting the progress of the Moon’s movement on a screen, below the eyepiece. The coolest part was how the birds stopped chirping and …

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Alone, Again…Naturally

I don’t know if my readers remember that Gilbert O’Sullivan song, “Alone, Again….Naturally.” Pretty sad song. I paid little attention to lyrics, but it was a song that got into your head, so it was hard not to get the drift of it. Anyway, I have discovered, again, how worthwhile solitude is. As an INTJ …

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Using Angst

Angst refers to deep anxiety. It can include personal circumstances and the state of the World. Recently, our extended family has been working to take advantage of the Stoic approach to angst. It involves self-discipline in choosing how to respond to challenges and difficulty. Stoicism is a Greek philosophy, but bears much in common with …

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Expat Retirement and fulfillment – finding Focus and Flow

One of the dynamics regarding the equation of choice in working is that of folks who have a lot of inertia involved with staying put in their jobs and venues. I recall that perspective as I neared eligibility for retirement. Just as in my previous job, the leadership had withdrawn from the programs I was …

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Solo Traveling

One of the goals for Anita’s expedition to Europe is to test out the concept of solo travelling. By her going on her own, we finally address one of the challenges of retirement per the joke: “For better, for worse, but not for lunch.” We have been joined at the hip for six years of …

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Anita’s Expedition – a new approach for logistics.

Anita has been on her solo travelling expedition only since July 20, but in just 11 days she has already accomplished a lot. In my July 19 post, I mentioned how her trip supports a new program for us…becoming “World Expats.” So one of the projects in this program is developing a model for travelling …

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Communicating in a Foreign Country

Working your brain is certainly important in retirement. If I were still back in Orlando, life would be calmer, perhaps even more serene…but I would not necessarily be giving my brain a workout. So Anita is spending 3 months working on her German. It will come back to her, and she is laying the groundwork …

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