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Expat Women Confession: Intercultural Couple: Extract from Expat Women: Confessions
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Intercultural Couple
February 2012
 
Recently I moved to my partner's home country, Japan. I myself am from Denmark, which is where we met. However, ever since we moved to Japan four and half months ago, our relationship has been having problems. It seems that the man I fell in love with has transformed into a different person...
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Expat Women Confession: I Need More Than Coffee: Extract from Expat Women: Confessions
January 2012
 
We have been here for six months and I cannot believe how lost and dissatisfied I feel as a non-working professional woman. I am shocked and embarrassed to feel this way, as I genuinely thought I would get enough stimulation from my surroundings, supplemented by the local expat club activities. However, I realise now that I need more than coffee...
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Expat Women Confession: Reverse Culture Shock: Extract from Expat Women: Confessions
December 2011
 
We have recently moved back to the U.K. from India. We are finding it really difficult to settle back "home." For our children, who have holidayed here many times but never lived here, it feels even less like home...
 
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Expat Women Confession: Starting Your Own Club: Extract from Expat Women: Confessions
November 2011
 
We are living in a very small village in Finland. We have been here for seven months now and I am still having a hard time meeting people. I know there are foreigners living here, but there seem to be no expat clubs or associations that bring us together. I have joined some online forums, but it is not quite the same as meeting someone for a coffee. What can I do?
 
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Expat Women Confession: Overcoming Negativity: Extract from Expat Women: Confessions
October 2011
 
This is my second posting overseas with my husband, and I know I am becoming more and more impossible to be around. I find myself uncontrollably ranting negatively about everything here in Israel. I used to be such a relaxed and pleasant person to be around, but now I am spiraling out of control and I have no idea how to return to my usual self...
 
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Expat Women Confession: No Money Left: Extract from Expat Women: Confessions
September 2011
 
In a few months' time, my partner and I will be returning to home base. We have enjoyed postings in Madrid, Berlin, Santiago and now Cairo. We have indulged in amazing holidays, eaten at spectacular restaurants and basically had a lifestyle that was second to none. The problem now is that this upcoming move home has made us realize we have no more than two months' salary saved in our joint bank account...
 
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Expat Women Confession: Raising Bilingual Children
August 2011
 
Our family is British and about to move to Brazil. One of my major concerns about our move is that none of us speak Portuguese. I worry about how our children will cope. Other people have told me that children are fast learners when it comes to language and it will all work out once I get there, but will it? I have no idea how to raise bilingual children and I question how much time I should invest in raising them bilingually, when they might forget it all when we leave...
 
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Expat Women Confession: My Job Was A Mistake
July 2011
 
I am a thirty something professional who came here to Switzerland as a trailing spouse. I took a job here but my job is not all that I dreamed it would be. It is quite junior compared to what I used to do, and the salary also reflects this. I have a difficult time with my manager, who is inconsistent and erratic with regards to her expectations of me. My colleagues see me as "the foreigner". I am bored and lonely at work and am thinking that taking my job was a mistake...
 
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Expat Women Confession: Homesick New Mother Abroad
 
We have been living in South Korea for seven months. When we first arrived, I loved the thrill of it all. But now I hate it. We are living in a tiny apartment with no backyard or outside space and we all sleep in the same room. My son is cooped up inside unless we take a couple of forms of public transport to get to the local park. My husband works from home on occasion, and then I have the impossible task of keeping our sixteen-month-old son quiet and occupied...

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Expat Women Confession: A Lonely Affair
 
My husband's new regional role is very demanding and he travels a lot. Sadly, my loneliness has led to an affair with my neighbor. I feel guilty about what I am doing because I really do love my husband and want our relationship to get back on track. Ironically, I started the affair to ease my loneliness, but now I feel lonelier than ever...

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Expat Women Confession: Expat Friends Leaving
Expat Friends Leaving
April 2011
 
My partner and I have been living as expats for the past six years. Unlike most of our expat friends, we are not on the 'expat treadmill' and do not have to move every two to three years because of our employer. However, many of our friends are now getting ready to be moved to another location and every time we catch up with them, a large part of the conversation revolves around their upcoming move and how unsettling it is. But I cannot help but think about those of us left behind. It is unsettling for us as well...
 
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Expat Women Confession: Keeping My Relationship Alive
Keeping My Relationship Alive
March 2011
 
Recently, my girlfriends were talking about the decline in intimacy in their relationships with their husbands, since both the arrival of their children and their transfer to Singapore. I feel the same. With my husband working long hours and travelling a lot, then coming home to three children who all want his attention...
 
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Expat Women Confession: Expat Depression
Expat Depression
February 2011
 
I have lived in three countries and always thought I was a well-adapted expatriate. However, returning from our recent holiday really threw me into a spin. Since then, I have been riding an incredible emotional rollercoaster: crying all the time; losing my patience...

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Expat Women Confession: Finding The Right School

We are on the verge of moving to Lithuania and I was wondering if you could please give me some tips to help me choose the 'best fit' school for our 7 year old son. All of the school websites I have visited make each school look so picture-perfect, but...
 
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