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After 5 years of living in France, we've said 'au revoir' to the country our daughters call home. We've traded cobble stone for sand, and baguettes for rice as we begin our next adventure in Indonesia! Although our postal code has changed, one thing has not: we can still be found exploring the globe with far too much luggage.

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Repatriating: Where I’m at.

It was nearly sunset and we were all sitting around lounge chairs at a rustic, beach-front surfer bar late Friday afternoon. Our driver had dropped us off, then he’d leave the car for my husband who would join us for… The post Repatriating: Where I’m at. appeared first on Canadian Expat Mom.
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Peter Pan Syndrome

I woke up with all the Friday feels and once again, looking forward to the weekend. You’d think the weekend would be anti-climactic when you live in Congo. Generally speaking, we’re isolated and there’s not much going on where we… The post Peter Pan Syndrome appeared first on Canadian Expat Mom.
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Hotel vs AirBnB

I often get asked about travelling with kids and one thing that seems to come up regularly is questions about where we stay. I have a hard time giving a direct answer to that question because depending where you are… The post Hotel vs AirBnB appeared first on Canadian Expat Mom.
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An Interview on Repatriating with Nicole Webb

When we found out it was ‘official’ that we were moving home, I wasn’t quite ready to share our news with the internet world, simply because I wasn’t sure myself how I felt just yet. I didn’t know what to… The post An Interview on Repatriating with Nicole Webb appeared first on Canadian Expat Mom.
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We’re Moving…And it’s a BIG One!

It was only two years ago that we bought our house in France so that we’d have a home-base to go to from Africa that was a bit closer to Congo than Canada was. I’ll never forget my Dad’s reaction,… The post We’re Moving…And it’s a BIG One! appeared first on Canadian Expat Mom.
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That Time I Got Malaria in Africa

Palu. That’s what they call it here. In French, malaria is referred to as le paludisme, or palu for short. Where I originally come from, it’s not a word that’s even in your vocabulary unless you’re on your way to… The post That Time I Got Malaria in Africa appeared first on Canadian Expat Mom.
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Namibia: Things to Know Before You Go

A few years ago my husband suggested we go to Namibia on holiday. Having Africa nowhere on my radar at the time, my first question was, “Is it safe?” I really knew nothing about Namibia at all. We started to… The post Namibia: Things to Know Before You Go appeared first on Canadian Expat Mom.
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South Africa: The Must-See Highlights

Our recent trip to Cape Town was a once in a life time adventure. Access to flights made it a bit tricky for us to get there, but we knew it was somewhere we needed to visit while living in… The post South Africa: The Must-See Highlights appeared first on Canadian Expat Mom.
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Third Culture Kid. What’s That?

You may have heard me talk about third culture kids, or maybe you’ve wondered why I sometimes add #tck to my Instagram posts. Before I was in the expat circle, and became a parent abroad, I’d never even heard the… The post Third Culture Kid. What’s That? appeared first on Canadian Expat Mom.
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How to Lay Over in Ethiopia Like a Boss

If someone would have told my younger-self that I’d one day bring my family to Ethiopia, I’d have said they were wrong. I knew nothing of the country, aside from what I’d see on North American TV, which didn’t always… The post How to Lay Over in Ethiopia Like a Boss appeared first on Canadian Expat Mom.
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Love yourself.

Preface I’ve come to learn that people can take on different personalities when they are operating in another language. This is true for many bilingual people I’ve met, and very true for myself. I’ve spent the last eight years either… The post Love yourself. appeared first on Canadian Expat Mom.
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Why I (Still) Blog

It’s kind of hard to believe I’ve been hacking away at these keys for almost three years now! When I starting blogging I had very few expectations of where my blog would end up or what it would mean to… The post Why I (Still) Blog appeared first on Canadian Expat Mom.
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When Gift Giving Becomes Life Changing

What to get the person on your list that has everything? How about the gift of giving? During my time in Congo, I have seen first-hand what Mwana Village does for abandoned children and vulnerable woman. It is an orphanage… The post When Gift Giving Becomes Life Changing appeared first on Canadian Expat Mom.
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Syrian Cooking in Africa

Often times, when you hear of a country, your mind goes directly to one thing. Paris-Eiffel Tower Italy-pasta Russia-cold Unfortunately, when someone says Syria, for many people, their mind goes to the political unrest that has been in the news… The post Syrian Cooking in Africa appeared first on Canadian Expat Mom.
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Lebanese Cooking in Africa

Lebanese Cooking in Africa With Batul Last year when I got to Congo I met Batul, who I never saw without a smile on her face. She was so nice, but I couldn’t quite figure her out. I swear she… The post Lebanese Cooking in Africa appeared first on Canadian Expat Mom.
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French Cooking in Africa

It was the end of August 2016, and I was in Paris’ Charles de Gualle Airport, with two very tired little girls. We had been up since 4:00am for a big day of travel to our new home in Congo.… The post French Cooking in Africa appeared first on Canadian Expat Mom.
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Luxurious Day-Dreaming

I’m in Congo. But it doesn’t matter where you are; close your eyes, just for a minute. Let’s go on vacation, shall we? Grab your bag and join me. We won’t need much. Don’t worry, anything we’re missing we can… The post Luxurious Day-Dreaming appeared first on Canadian Expat Mom.
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Indian Cooking in Africa

I grew up in a small-ish city, in a Ukrainian-Canadian family. A lot of my friends were, like me, second-generation Canadians who had grandparents cooking, not only Ukrainian food, but also Italian, Polish and Finnish. There were a lot of… The post Indian Cooking in Africa appeared first on Canadian Expat Mom.
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Indonesian Cooking in Africa

Indonesian Cooking with Marina and Dewi Marina and I met back when we lived in Pau, France; but even though we both lived there for four years, we didn’t cross paths until just before she was moving to Congo. Yikes!… The post Indonesian Cooking in Africa appeared first on Canadian Expat Mom.
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What’s in My Name?

The other day I was wondering, If I had to chose a name for my blog today, would the name still be the same? I’ve been a lot of things over my life-time. A daughter, sister, friend, neighbour, dancer, student,… The post What’s in My Name? appeared first on Canadian Expat Mom.
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Barcelona 2.0

The first time I went to Barcelona was in 2010 with my Mom and my Aunts. I had just moved to Paris and I joined them for the Barcelona and Tuscany portion of their European-vacation. That first time in Barcelona… The post Barcelona 2.0 appeared first on Canadian Expat Mom.
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