Our Buena Vida: Life Abroad

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A State of Holy F*cking Mom Struggle: (aka) The First Day of School

I’d argue that the first day of school for moms is worse than for kids. Yesterday was Daughter’s first day of school. She’s a new kid. New school. New country. And I was in a State of Holy F*cking Mom Struggle. My emotional stress level was medication-worthy. I was anxious last year but it was an “our baby is starting school” different. This time, she’s the new kid and she knew it. She felt it. So I felt it. In...

When You Move A Family to Mexico: An Adult Version of a Kid’s Classic

Our move to Mexico, while ours, is like anyone’s story. If you’ve moved before, tell me this story doesn’t sound familiar? When you move a family to Mexico… they will have to open a bank account. When they open a bank account, they’ll begin to look for a home. So they’ll search for a couple of days until they find the perfect one. When they find a house… they’ll probably want to get some furniture. So they’ll go to a...

Insider Results To Help You Decide Where to Live (and Not Live) Abroad

It seems like a super scary decision to leave what you know behind and move to a place you know nothing about. But Internations, an expat connecting website, has taken some of the fear off. They ran a survey to find results for the worst and best countries for expats* and asked this main question: HOW SATISFIED ARE YOU WItH LIFE ABROAD IN GENERAL? From here, they gathered information from more than 14,000 respondents representing 174 nationalities and 191 countries or territories about moving, living,...

These 3 Lip Sync Battle Videos Explain Why It’s the Best Party of the Year

Imagine 15 mini surprise parties of hearty laughter and unadultered hollering. An evening of, willfully and gleefully, having no idea what to expect next… that’s Lip Sync. On an open air rooftop of Santo Domingo this past Friday night, the wind was howling and the sky was cloudy. If we were pirates on the high seas, I’d be worried. But the performers of our 4th Lip Sync Battle Party were on fire… if fire was doused with gasoline and then an explosive was thrown in....

Dominican Independence Month Has Me Emotional AF

Today concludes Dominican Independence Month at CMS. The Early Elementary kids parade through the school in a parade while the older elementary kids participate on Comparsas, a show beyond all shows you’ve ever seen an elementary school put on. Throughout the school, there are celebrations and music and smiles. And I’m here, sobbing in a corner. Ok, maybe that’s exaggerating. I’m not sobbing in a corner but rather all around in random locations. And don’t think Husband is any better. The...

30 Mexican Instagram Shots That Have Me Stoked about Mexico

We are in the midst of Dominican Heritage month here in DR, but for obvious reasons, I have Mexico on the mind. I’ve exchanged emails with another Jen in Guadalajara, asking questions and trying to build – as best I could – an understanding of what we’re getting ourselves into. I’ve searched around for blogs based in Mexico to get a feel for what life will be like there. And Instagram has me bubbling with anticipation. I searched hashtags like #culturamexicana...

(A Reveal) and Our next Move Abroad Is – Drumroll Please…

When I announced that we had to make the heartbreaking decision to leave the Dominican Republic, the outpour on Facebook was overwhelming. I had to read the comments in doses because the comments were so raw and loving that I cried after every one – and like an ugly cry, not an Emma Stone Oscar cry. Many of you had lots of questions and wanted to know where we were going. We had nothing to tell. No ideas. Nada. There were lots of...

Being a Good Host to Long-Term Guests: A Not Always Obvious Guide

With our holiday break a few short days away, we are preparing for the mad dash that is out holiday break. While super exciting to be home for the holidays and to share good tidings with family and friends, it’s good to keep in mind if you are dealing with expat friends – or being a good host to one – that going home isn’t all it’s (nut)cracked up to be. We sleep in different beds and lug around two toddlers...

Teaching Internationally: Some Personal FAQs We’ve Been Answering

Naturally, with our heartbreaking announcement a couple of weeks ago, we have been getting a lot of emails, texts, and calls from people wanting to know more. It has dawned on me that the life of an international teacher and the idea of teaching internationally is (pun coming) quite foreign to many. Where to? By far the biggest question is where are you guys going next? Ohhhh, if only it were that easy. The simple answer is – no clue. We have no...

SnapShots: An Expat Thanksgiving at Cabarete Beach

Talk to most expats and what they’ll tell you they miss most when living abroad are the special moments they miss back home; holidays probably being the biggest and hardest. With holidays come attached nostalgia, memories, and traditions and moving away from that could be impossibly hard but our community at CMS and our Annual Thanksgiving at Cabarete Beach hasn’t been your typical expat holiday. It has all the feels of a family dinner with with none of the mess or...