Hitch-hiking inheritances: the trust culture between strangers

What did hitch-hiking mean to your family and how did it affect your practices when you reached adulthood?

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Nostalgic baggage: taking love with you

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If each tiny, agile step forward is a step away from something else — guaranteed not to be there forever, trustily waiting for our return– we need to consider with extra care where we’re headed and when we choose to go.

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Sickness and health: superstitions and strange diagnoses

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You can get a first-rate boob job in Moscow, but I’m still unclear where they sell vitamins.

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The shelfless: expat books ‘don’t exist’

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Unsupported by the book publishing establishment, this expat publisher pushed her business idea aside for fifteen years.

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Disposable liaisons of the traveling class: the questionable cultural exports of sexpats and sex pilgrims

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Hot-and-bothered globetrotters….which cultural product are sex tourists exporting?

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French ladies: how my sister and I stopped fighting by becoming foreign women

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Two West Coasters overcome their sibling rivalry — in a town of hippies, yippies and Beatniks — by channeling Continental ladies of leisure.

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No ethnic joke: developing an international sense of humor

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An American integrates into all facets of Israeli life. Except for one thing — the humor. Funny is cultural.

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No-divorce expat: a mixed identity becomes permanent

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Being a foreigner in Mexico and Turkey I had a heightened sense that was a participant in my own life. That didn’t change when I returned to the US.

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