Expat Journeys: Six months in Asia

Six months ago we moved to India and embraced an opportunity to learn more about Asia and her people.  They are as unique as any we’ve met in the West, and yet we share many of the same values: honor, patriotism, pride, and family.  In this short photo essay we’ll take a look at eight different locations visited during the last six months.

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Expat Spouse: A day in the life, Part II

Recall during Part I, we left our exceptionally sexy, unpaid, title-less, expat spouse ready to begin lunch, a sore ars serving as a reminder of his prolonged stationary status.  Let’s take a look at the rest of the day—by the end, everyone should be getting a little sleepy.

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Expat Spouse: A day in the life, Part I.

The lives of the spouses not employed while in-country can be varied.  Some people attend to their children, teach classes, volunteer at local schools or with non-governmental organizations (NGOs), play Playstation, try goat farming, or some combination thereof.  There are typical days with plans and shopping, hectic weeks where nothing seems to work, and surreal moments wondering what India will bring next.  Some people want schedules—me included—while others are more flexible.  Since each person and personality is different, it only makes sense each person’s day is a bit different.

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Happiness Wherever We Are

My wife is reading The Geography of Bliss and is almost through Switzerland, a terminally happy country.  It can’t be the weather.  Their hottest month of the year is July where the average high is 75 degrees Fahrenheit.  It seems the Swiss just don’t care about things like warmth or vitamin D.  Nevertheless, nobody leaves Switzerland.

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