No Longer Native - an expat experience

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No Longer Native - an expat experience
No Longer Native is an expat blog from an American couple living in Bogotá, Colombia. It's a journal containing our travels, cultural musings and bits of everyday life. We also want this to be a resource for others facing the same change.
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  • Spanish conversational hacks to get you talking ASAP 3 weeks ago When I moved abroad I saw ads for language schools guaranteeing that you’d be able to speak Spanish in two months. I rolled my eyes at these because please, that is beyond impossible. Then I realized I was looking at it all wrong. These ads weren’t promising fluency or a native speaker’s...
  • Expat advice: Thinking about your quality of life abroad 1 month ago Last year an HSBC survey found that expats earn an average of 25% more than they did at home. In some locations (Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, the UAE) expat incomes are double that of their previous salary. Money is important and it absolutely is a huge draw for some looking to move abroad. But,...
  • An inconvenient thought: Expat life is bad for the environment 1 month ago When we first left the U.S. I had a hard time letting go of our broom. Yes, our $5 broom. It was too big for a box and would have cost more to ship than simply buying a new one in Colombia. So, even though it was perfectly good, it was taken away (along with […] The post An inconvenient thought:...
  • Tips for first time travelers 2 months ago   The first time I really left the U.S. was for my honeymoon. On our way home, I didn’t think twice about packing the house keys in our luggage. When our luggage didn’t arrive when we did—of course it didn’t—we had to wake up two different friends at 1:00 am to find our spare. I...
  • Advice for the introverted expat 2 months ago   A couple of weeks ago I spent six amazing (and packed!) days in Istanbul. The day after I got home, some friends arrived for a six-day visit. It too was fantastic—every day we were exploring, walking, having sunset drinks, and catching up. After almost two weeks of straight excitement, I...

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