the packing beast

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the packing beast
I've landed in beautiful Zürich after 8 moves across three continents, following my husband who is a crazy gipsy under an engineer disguise. Peace at last. And then the two baby-gipsies hit puberty and all hell broke lose.
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  • of flying with expat kids - sul volare con bambini expat 2 months ago THIS IS AN ANNOUNCEMENT TO ALL AIRPORTS AND AIRLINES IN THE WORLD: Families with children under four needn't be the ones to board the plane first. If the flight happens to be over 8 hours long, we would actually rather not board at all! But this is not the point. The point is that our time with...
  • of the expat wedding dress - sull'abito da sposa expat 2 months ago Expats are obsessed with their pictures. It's really the only lifeline we have to some kind of stability, like those cables that connect astronauts to the space station during space walks.I have a hard drive with all our pictures in a deposit box. That's my most valued possession, together with my...
  • of crude feminism -- sul femminismo crudo 3 months ago So the bad thing about having teenagers: constant discussions. The good thing about having teenagers: constant discussions. They are little people in grown-up bodies and they are struggling to understand this world around them, that's scary and enigmatic and full of exciting possibilities. We...
  • of students' demonstrations -- sulle dimostrazioni studentesche 3 months ago So whenever there are students' protests in the news, my kids are fascinated by the motives and implications of why people who are just a bit older than them would go out on the streets and make such a racket. I'd like to quote two wise men. One is my Dad, who said: "if it means skipping a few...
  • of expat adolescence -- sull'adolescenza expat 3 months ago  Today She took the DELE B2 SPANISH exam. I picked her up at 14:25 (this is Switzerland) from school to drive her to the countryside where her scout pack had already set up tent for a weekend camp. In the car, she wrestled with the seatbelt while changing into her scout uniform and discussing...

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