Motivational, hilarious, awesome MESSAGE SHIRTS in Japan

The other day, I was walking through a shopping mall with a friend and said: “Oh I like that store. I always go in there when I’m feeling down and look at the T-shirts.” She looked at me like I’m nuts. I agree that it sounds weird, but see for yourself. How could anyone not … More Motivational, hilarious, awesome MESSAGE SHIRTS in Japan

I am an Immigrant.

Recently I read an article that accused white people living abroad of calling themselves ’expats’ instead of ’immigrants’ and thereby emphasizing their superiority over other ethnic groups living abroad (“Why are white people expats when the rest of us are immigrants?“ by Mawuna Remarque Koutonin, 2015). This issue has been on my mind for years, … More I am an Immigrant.

And how am I going to explain Trump winning the election to my kids tomorrow?

I’m a primary school teacher, which means that I go to school every day, spending most of my energy not explaining to kids how to do math or where the weather comes from, but trying to explain how to treat each other well. I tell them that everyone is different in a different way and … More And how am I going to explain Trump winning the election to my kids tomorrow?

The ‘Fish in the Tank’ Metaphor, Or: My Early Struggles of Living Abroad

A wise friend told me the last time we met: “Moving abroad, I’ve always compared to being a fish in a tank when the water gets renewed. In the beginning, there might be too much oxygen in the fresh water, so the fish feels like suffocating. It’s like that when you, as a human, have … More The ‘Fish in the Tank’ Metaphor, Or: My Early Struggles of Living Abroad