Jerry Jones

You know that feeling? It’s a sick one. In your gut. Sometimes you catch it early. Two minutes down the road on the way to the airport. “Did you pack the swimsuits?” “Yes.” “Socks?” “Yes” “Underwear?” “Yep.” “Boarding passes?” “YES! I got everything ok?!” “Sorry . . . (long pause) . . . passports? “Shoot! Turn around.” […]

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COVID 19 is a dirty, rotten criminal. Ironically, not even a smooth one. It sneaked in and no one saw it coming, but it made a bunch of noise and stayed way too long. Got greedy. Got cocky. Thought it could take everything. Got news for you COVID … you don’t get everything. Not even […]

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White Expat Privilege

by Jerry Jones on February 7, 2020

So this happens. A lot. I get into a taxi and say “ni hao” (“hello” in Chinese). The taxi driver’s eyes get wide and he says, “Waaahhh, your Chinese is SO good!” My daughter, on the other hand, could get in the exact same car, with the exact same driver and say the exact same […]

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Stupid Expat Days and How to Love Them

by Jerry Jones on December 23, 2019

There are days that expats have to live but normal people never do. I call them Stupid Expat Days.  Where I come from you run to the post office to renew a passport IF you even need one. Not so where I live now.  This time around it was my 8-year-old son who was up […]

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orignially posted on www.thecultureblend.com I am an expat . . . AND . . . I own a drill. Hold your applause until the end please. It’s funny how the value of stuff changes when you live cross culturally. This month we crammed the full sum of our belongings into eleven 52.0 pound (23.6 kg) suitcases and […]

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originally posted on The Culture Blend It’s that time of year again.  Leaving time. This is the time when thousands of individuals and families who have spent time living in a foreign country, will pack it up and call it a day.  If you’ve never been that person you may be surprised that there is […]

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We are expats.  We say goodbye.  A lot. I could end this post right there and know that I have struck a chord.  But I won’t. If you’re living far from home (or you instinctively use finger quotes when you even say the word “home”) you’ve noticed it.  You started this whole thing with a massive […]

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Investing in Traditions That Travel Well

by Jerry Jones on December 21, 2018

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Life abroad is a trade off isn’t it?  You give some things up.  You get some things back. Some would call it a sacrifice which is perfectly accurate for so many.  I prefer the term investment for myself.  Both start with letting go of something but a sacrifice let’s go with no expectation or hope for return. […]

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This post is specifically for the masses who have been transitioning to a new life abroad and are thinking that a quick trip home for the holidays might be exactly what they need to crush their culture shock and get rid of that pesky homesickness. You’ll see them around just after Christmas. Fetal position. More […]

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Why Expats Love Community and Struggle to Find it Again

by Jerry Jones on October 22, 2018

I love me some community. Who doesn’t? Am I right? It’s one of those super-slick buzz words that makes every experience sound better. “Yeah, we live in a mud hut, have no internet, eat tree moss and get malaria twice a year . . . but the sense of community is amazing. “ “Heck yeah. Sign me up.” […]

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8 Things I Forget to Love About A Life Overseas

by Jerry Jones on September 21, 2018

  I’d like to say that it’s not lost on me but sometimes it is . . . the whole life overseas thing.  I’ve been at it long enough that most of the cross-cultural bloggy stuff (mine included) seems like it’s for someone else. I went through the stages of grief and the culture shock […]

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Times of transition are hard. That’s not new information.   We have training for this. Brochures. Books. Blogs. It’s all good information that helps you push through the hard times but even for the shrewdest, sharpest most well trained serial expats, time spent figuring out a new normal can feel like time lost . . . or […]

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