Tuesday, July 6, 2010


It's hot here. Really, really hot. And the kids are currently squabbling about some toy or another here in our little hotel room.

Loads to tell you about, if only I had the time to write. Alas...

But here's something: I have an article in the most recent issue of the Foreign Service Journal. You can find it here.


Bfiles said... [Reply]

love your new blog look!

Bfiles said... [Reply]

and wow, what a wonderful article. amazing insight into your world and amazingly well written. thank you!

Shannon said... [Reply]

Love the new look!

globalgal said... [Reply]

Fantastic article! And although you wrote this for the Foreign Service People, everything you wrote applies equally to us regular old expat people, too. I'm living in a funny in-between land in an upscale downtown complex where there are both Chinese and foreign tai tais. (And I feel like a poser there with my Chinese hinterland experience and lack of children and lack of ayi!)

I can fully relate to what you wrote about not fitting in. I've never felt I fit in anywhere, not even the US, which is why I find expat life so freeing. Finally I have found a place where I am not supposed to fit!

Julie said... [Reply]

You left this fellow DS spouse in tears, thank you for such a great article which explains our life so well! I met you once back in 2006 and love it when I find anything you've written.

Jen said... [Reply]

Congrats on the publication!

TulipGirl said... [Reply]

Just read the article in the paper copy of the FS Journal. . . so had to come and tell you,

Crap. So, I have to get comfortable with being uncomfortable? Sigh.

Kyiv was easy enough (okay, not totally) to blend in. Wear black, don't smile and make eye contact much, dye my hair vibrant red in the winter. (Oh, and my boys are blond, so they blended a bit. Until they opened their mouths.) Still, in our apartment complex it WAS nice to have anything we did different being just chalked up to being "crazy Americans" who didn't know better. (What? Let the kids dance barefoot during a summer rain?! They'll catch their death of cold from getting wet! Crazy Americans!)

All that to say, thanks for the article. . .

Jill said... [Reply]

I know I told you on FB about your article ... but truly, you are gifted! Hope you're having a great vacation.

Jenn D said... [Reply]

Ok, Frienda, it's come to this: I'm actually reading your blog! Sad to say, but now I HAVE to read it to find out what you're up to. No more 5:45 p.m. phone calls to find out what your making (oops--I mean ordering) for dinner. No more Monday morning desperate catch-up sessions at the Bucks (our little reward for surviving the weekend).

And simply, no more Donna, my dear, funny, wonderful friend who lives (lived) just down the street from me in China (did we really do that?)

I miss you dearly and still get teary just thinking that we'll miss out on so much with each other as we both leap into our next adventures.

I don't know how I'll like the MIddle East, but I know this: I will miss having you along for the ride! Who will make the inevitable camel/Certain IPhone app jokes that I know you're already working on?

Can't wait to get settled so we can at least Skype across borders.

Absolutely LOVED your latest FS article. You captured IT. Damn you're good, Lady. I'm still first in line for the book...

Miss your guts.

Your Tai Tai Friend, Jen

Please. Write your own stuff.