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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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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Expat vs. exile: why do we wander?

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The editor of Matador Life contrasts the urge to keep moving with the condition of exile.

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Push-me pull-you loyalty: where are global citizens torn?

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A British-born woman of mixed ethnicity is torn between loyalties to her country of birth and others her family is tied to.

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Downdrafts and uplifts: far-flung reality clashes with idealized dreams

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An Irishwoman weighs the dream of life versus the reality, versus the dream of making it happen nonetheless.

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Sink or swim: facing the surprise depths of cultural immersion

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Easy answers to complex cultural questions can’t prepare an American for her submersive role as member of a Kurdish tribe by marriage.

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Most affecting: 1 year later

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We’re celebrating a full year of camaraderie among cultural creatives, globally mobile progressives, and explorers of identity.

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About this site: making the psychic limbo of global citizens a productive state

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Why do you need our help? Because liminal life is a bittersweet limbo — coming, going, never quite arriving. expat+HAREM embraces the unmoored and central reality of our globetrotting, multicultural, hybrid times.

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Essentials to living an expansive life: what we hold on to

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Remaining fluent, despite language barriers. Remembering the strength we’ve shown. Freedom to live on our own terms. The ability to integrate other cultures.

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Frozen roots: immigrant community stuck in time

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When a Turk raised in a conservative Brooklyn emigrant community studies in Istanbul she realizes progress comes from a community, not a location.

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