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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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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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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How do you say…me?

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A Brit in the Netherlands finds a foreign language is a hurdle to being true to herself in her relationships with locals, family and friends.

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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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Cultural jet lag: the effect of occupying multiple personas

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“Iranian by birth, French by citizenship and American by residence” is how my grandfather encapsulated 10-year old me. What does that make my daughter?

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Presented in Istanbul: tiptoeing through the taboos

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Meeting my future Turkish in-laws, behavior speaks louder than words and appearing eager to belly dance is dangerous for a daughter-in-law with a Russian name.

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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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Same river, never twice: realities and atmospheres expats miss

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What do you miss most about your home country? The solid reality of family and places — or an atmosphere long since vanished?

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Death at a distance: finding solace abroad

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When you live a global life, how do you cope with death-at-a-distance?

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