Links of interest: awkward traveling, poised interculturalists, native people, and hopping places

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The Awkward Traveler, Istanbul’s hoppingest back alley, uncomfortable truths about your native people/politics, growing up with Native American history.

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Writing to save your life: defining moments become your story

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When a stamp in her passport reads “Wife not permitted to work”, writing saves the sanity and career of a serial expat

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Kate England finds her global niche

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A digital desktop and icon designer shares how she draws on her multidisciplinary interests and mixed cultural background to serve a global clientele. A Turquoise Poppy interview.

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Harem girls for sale: the making of Expat Harem

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Eighteen months. Two expatriate American writers in Istanbul.

We created a feminist travel anthology, landed a North American book deal and dual language editions from Turkey’s strongest publisher, while winning representation at one of New York’s oldest literary agencies. How did we do it?

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Psychic location independence: optimizing life in spite of where you are

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Most of us cannot go somewhere on the ground where all our people and our perfect lifestyle exist. We must find that psychically — call it our “global niche”.

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Hybrid domesticities: an artist mixes the professional and the personal

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When an emerging American artist moves to Turkey and starts a family, she navigates new definitions of career and home life.

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Waking up Hausfrau: the secret of the Swiss

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I moved to Switzerland so my husband could advance his career. Overnight, I went from a 28-year-old American career woman to a Swiss Hausfrau.

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Creative self-enterprise: life is a work in progress

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The quest to achieve our best situation (both micro and macro, that’s our global niche!) — as the creative entrepreneurship of self. Suggestions from career renegades, zen habitues, and life hackers.

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