Friends and family ’back home‘ keep asking me how much longer I’m going to stay in Japan. I think for them it’s just a well-intentioned and rather logical question. Someone who leaves inevitably needs to come back, right? It’s not that simple. At least not for me. In the past ten years, I moved houses, … More So when are you coming back?
I’m not a mother. I don’t have kids of my own. But – I’m a primary school teacher, so most of the time I feel like I do have kids of my own, and when school is in session I technically spend more waking hours with them than their parents. Those very hours in the … More Are you Ready for Kids?
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.
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?
My kids are blunt and I love them for it. One of the boys in my class once hit the nail on the head by asking: “Why aren’t you married? Couldn’t you find one?!“ It made me laugh, but he had a point. I’ve now been single (or ’very single’ as hip people call it … More My Perspective on Being Single
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
My sister has straight, blond hair. Mine is curly and brown. Of course we’d both rather have the other sister’s hair. Why? Because when it comes to looks, humans (women especially) always seem to want what they don’t naturally have. How did that happen? I’ll tell you how. The Beauty Industry happened. And it promises … More How living on Another Continent has made me think about Beauty Standards
On a weekend in May, we got on an overnight ferry that took us to a volcanic Japanese island located in the Philippine Sea, about 160 km south of Tokyo. The night on the ferry we spent in sleeping bags, on the floor, and continued the hippie life on a (free) camping site on the … More Niijima Photo Gallery
Until now, this had seemed like a boring topic to write about because I don’t like stating the obvious. Of course I miss my family. Of course I miss being able to communicate without language barriers. Of course I miss my favourite pizza. Lately I have been realizing though that there is something else I … More What I REALLY miss about my home country
“Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.” – Ashley Smith