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Let’s try it this way

Monday, April 29th, 2013

ChangeObviously, since my last post was about 6 weeks ago, blogging has moved down on my list of “must do’s. I’ve thought a lot about what I want to do going forward – managing new/other responsibilities, as well as the fact that I sometimes feel I don’t have any new experiences to write about. The most straightforward solution would be to simply stop altogether. Maybe the blog has served its purpose (I still get a lot of inquiries about moving to Venezuela even when I’m not updating regularly), and it’s time to move on. I know that it’s inevitable, but I’m still not there, yet.

What I’ve realized during my hiatus is that microblogging is much more conducive to what I’ve got going on now. When I first moved to Venezuela there was so much learning and adjusting that I could talk about and unfortunately, I’m all adapted now. However, I tweet somewhat frequently and I post pictures somewhat regularly on Instagram, Facebook, etc. So, what I was thinking is that I would stop blogging here and I would limit my activity to writing snippets, as that’s how the experiences seem to unfold anyway, on the aforementioned outlets.

I’m not going to take down the site altogether because judging from the majority of visits, I think there is a lot of useful information that potential expatriates come across when searching for daily life in Caracas. I will also continue to respond to questions that I receive via e-mail, as well as comments on here. For now.

I’m very proud of all that I’ve put into this blog and more that I’m grateful for the interactions/relationships that it has fostered. Who knows, there may be some huge change in my future that will bring me back to writing about transitions and all that, but for the time being we’re all very settled. That is a good thing and I’ll remember that next time I start to get restless ;-) This isn’t a goodbye, but more of a see ya around.



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I tried to go home again…

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

This summer, I decided that if we were going to make a trip to the states, I would definitely take the kids to see my family in California. I knew (in theory) how far this was because I used to make the trip from San Francisco to Haiti at least once a year growing up. But, add two children, a party and a 6 AM flight in the span of 4 days and you get me still recuperating 2 weeks after the trip.

All in all, it was one of those once in a lifetime trips. Having all my family, including my 85 year-old grandma – all together, laughing and dancing made me realize how much I miss that. Seeing my kids meet their cousins and great-uncles was so exciting even though they won’t realize the importance for years to come. Being back in familiar, yet strange territory left me a bit of kilter. I was trying to think of how to describe it all in my usual format, but I think the best way is to mention the memorable parts:

*Watching my son get his first professional haircut from my uncle – his great-uncle, who is a barber
*Listening to my grandmother – their great-grandmother, say the same things to them that she said to me when I was little
*Having the air squeezed out of me by my cousins’ hugs
*Being picked up and twirled around by my uncle (who is in his 60′s)
*Watching my kids instantly bond with cousins they were meeting for the first time
*Seeing my mom go from mom/grandma to big/little sister while interacting with her brothers
*Showing my daughter all the houses I lived in and the schools I attended while growing up

So the full title to this post is actually – I tried to go home again…and it was awesome!

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