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    Like two peas in a TCK pod, my interview with director Rahul Gandotra felt more like a conversation between old friends. He began by insisting that I detail my laundry list of homes while he then attempted (mostly in vain) to memorize every city that I have ever lived in. It was a remarkable gesture and it set the tone for the rest of the inter/sation. I did not even get a chance to glance at my prepared questions as we flowed from topic to topic. Gandotra is...

Due to the popularity of the Top Ten TCK Quirks, I decided to make a part 2! Enjoy:     1. Our tolerance threshold is higher than most people   Remember that time your parents took you to see Komodo dragons on a tiny island in Indonesia and you had to sleep on the floor of a concrete building with rats running over your face? Yeah, I was seven years old.    TCK childhoods: Dodging gigantic flesh eating insects since we were in diapers (gif credit Eric Linn)   Most...

Erin and I reuniting for the second time ever in Hong Kong! She fully embraced life in India, stray puppy and celebrating Holi included ;) This is a guest post by the wonderful Erin Vignali. I missed her by a year when I moved to the Philippines my senior year. We ended up meeting because she knew a family that I knew when I lived in New Delhi and, after sitting across from one another at a reunion dinner, we hit it off immediately. Enjoy!  And, if you are not already...

See how hard it is to leave beautiful Alanya?   Moving never gets any easier. Losing yet another home is hard and no amount of excitement for the next stage quite masks the hollowness you feel as you pack up the house. The feeling is always the same. The oppressive heat (I always seem to move during summers and in tropical climates), and the intermingling smell of chemicals (cleaning and paint) and slight dustiness as I disturb the softly sleeping piles of stuff that I have not touched in a...

“Don’t worry, we don’t drug test new students until three months into the school year.” This was the reassurance my new guidance counselor provided me when I moved to the International School of Manila. Dressed in a khaki uniform with a strange school’s logo emblazoned on my left shoulder, I questioned how he arrived at this judgment. Was it my nose piercing that I had gotten in Florence at the age of fourteen? If so, he was wrong. That was in honor of living in India for eight years. Was it...

Take a look at Sea Change Mentoring!One of the most challenging aspects of being an expat is providing the proper care for children. Not in the sense of nourishment or shelter, but in the potentially neglected emotional impact of relocating to a foreign country. All too often there is a disconnect in the communication between the issues that expats face and those experienced by their burgeoning third culture kids. A TCK is someone who has spent a significant amount of their developmental years outside of their passport country. These children create their...

A Third Culture Kid/Global Nomad as an expat in Turkey and working as a digital entrepreneur.IntroductionLabels can be both incredibly limiting and extremely necessary. I have no issue with labels when they are self-identified. Labels can be used to project different sides of a person to the world. They give an immediate introduction, especially if everyone is on the same page for what different labels mean. That is where the problem lies. Labels mean different things to different people. There are also a ton of labels that can be applied to...

Sports tournament in Bangkok. Not so much partying because of the exhausting games!I recently read (and highly recommend you read) a wonderful post about a recent video titled Hong Kong Kids: the TCK Life I RememberI embedded the video above in case you don't have the time to read the article above: Hong Kong KidsRecently there has a been a huge controversy among the Hong Kong international school system because of this video. It basically shows a bunch of high school Third Culture Kids living up the expat life in...

Introduction I tried not to step on the toes of my other blog post Top Ten TCK Quirks. I repeat a couple of things but I am trying to be a bit more specific and even a bit more fair to our socioeconomic status. Third culture kids are a pretty diverse group and yes, I realize that this is an understatement. Not only do TCKs come from every country imaginable, we have also traveled different amounts. Some TCKs have only lived in one other country during their upbringing, whereas others have...

*This post is mostly facetious and with a bit of venting. Please don't get all up in arms about this.This is a pretty good show of what my TCK life was like. Girl Scouts in New Delhi!  If you meet a TCK and want to know what to say to actually get us to open up, here is how to do it:1. Understand what you are getting into when you ask, "Where are you from?"In fact, it would be helpful if maybe you specified your question:     - Where were you born?    ...