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Failing, Succeeding, Pausing, Deciding and Thriving with Chronic Illness

Today, I’m writing about some prompts that were given to chronic illness bloggers at A Chronic Voice‘s monthly chronic illness link-up party. Thank you, Sheryl! The writing prompts we were given for this month are: Failing, Succeeding, Pausing, Deciding, and Thriving with chronic illness. I’d like to start by observing my last post which was about receiving my Ankylosing Spondylitis diagnosis over a decade ago. I celebrated that milestone with a new article called Ankylosing Spondylitis – 10 Yea...
Tags: Travel, Health, Taiwan, Features, Chronic Illness, Canada, Chronically Ill Abroad, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Fibromyalgia, Expat Life, Pierre, Sheryl, North Bay Ontario, Arthritis, CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME (CFIDS, Crohns


How to Survive on a Tropical Island: An Expat’s Guide

When you first daydream about living on a rock somewhere in the middle of the ocean, images of palm trees, coconuts, and white sand beaches come to mind. Each island is populated with friendly locals, eager to welcome you as one of their own. There are no logistical problems, cultural snafus, health concerns, or political strife to squash your notions about what island life is really like. When...Read the whole entry... »          Related Stories Meghan and Harry Visit Suva, Fiji and the Cit...
Tags: Travel, Fiji, Living Abroad, Expat Life, Island Travel, Meghan, Suva Fiji, Tropical Island


What I’m Doing This Year to Learn About Wine

I only recently started drinking wine. Until age 40 I actually didn’t drink at all, so I’ve got a lot of catching up to do. Far from becoming a lush, what I really want to do is learn about wine in all its fascinating variations (or varietals!) and hone my palate into a greater ability to recognize the finest of flavours. This year my main resolution is to be more dedicated to learning about wine in various, more structured ways than I’ve used so far. Talking about this goal with friends, I find...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Europe, Usa, London, California, France, Toronto, Spain, Chile, Italy, Kickstarter, Wine, Florence, Porto, Tuscany


The Paris Blog to Cease Publishing

After 13 wonderful years of sharing observations and tips about expat life in Paris, The Paris Blog will cease publication at the end of 2018. When we started in 2005, blogging was a hot and relatively new publishing platform. There were fewer than a dozen blogs being written by Anglophones living in Paris. We knew that a single blog that excerpted the most interesting and most useful posts could be a fun place for expats and visitors to get a taste of the city from the inside. We also believe...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Family, Blog, Paris, Expat Life, Richard Nahem, Eye Prefer Paris, Heather Stimmler-Hall, Secrets of Paris, Anglophone Community, Paris Blog


THE IRONY OF EXPAT LIFE: Pros and Cons

This post THE IRONY OF EXPAT LIFE: Pros and Cons appeared first on The Professional Hobo. After over 12 years of full-time travel, seeing the world with an observational eye (as writers tend to do), I’ve become good at quickly distilling various cultures and behaviours to some core themes. Just take my expat friends in Tokyo, who when I listed my beefs with Japanese culture, replied only with “I don’t know how you figured all that out in just two months here”. This is what I do. I’m also very c...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Asia, Europe, Japan, Mexico, Toronto, Canada, Peru, Tokyo, South America, Vietnam, Guatemala, Panama, Caribbean, Australasia


Surviving the Holidays with Chronic Illness

The holiday season is here and with it comes a collective groan from almost everyone in my chronic illness communities. Everyone seems excited about the holidays, but we are all expressing worry, dismay, and stress at surviving the holidays with chronic illness without flaring. The holiday season is stressful on those of us who have limited energy and suffer from pain. We have to manage our health while getting through shopping, cooking, winter events, travel, and much more.Click To Tweet I’m sp...
Tags: Travel, Health, Holidays, Features, Chronic Illness, Chronically Ill Abroad, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Fibromyalgia, Invisible Illnesses, Living Abroad With Chronic Illness, Expat Life, Cfs, Sheryl, Arthritis, CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME (CFIDS, Invisible Illness


A Local, Italian Sustainable Christmas Gift Guide

This past year at work I’ve been involved in a project called TCBL, a collaborative, EU funded project to increase sustainability in the textile and clothing industry. It’s one of a number of initiatives working in this direction, a more B2B than B2C one. But maybe you’ve heard of the Ellen Macarthur Foundation or the campaign “who made my clothes”? The driving content is basically the same. We’re living in a world covered in an unimaginable heap of stuff, stuff that won’t disintegrate for centu...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Facebook, Usa, Etsy, Time, Eu, Italy, Venice, Bmw, Headline, Florence, Naples, Palermo, Tuscany, Expat Life


How (Extraordinary) Travel Blogging Got Us A Green Card in the USA

I wondered how I’d react when I heard the news. Where would I be? How would arrive to me? Would it be the yes I longed for? Would I fall to the ground in a heap of tears or leap with joy? When we finally submitted the paperwork for it a week before, my heart panicked. What if it was a no? Even though our chances were high, I couldn’t help but fear the shattering of my life plans if we heard we weren’t getting a green card. I couldn’t foresee any other path but us living in the USA. It had been o...
Tags: Travel, Usa, New York, Australia, Entrepreneurship, Boston, US, Blogging, Dallas, Nashville, Disneyland, Grand Canyon, Vegas, Craig, Santa Barbara, James


Living in Italy: How I Stay Healthy

The first wintery days are upon us and with them, the first sniffles. Inevitably, my interns are all sick and children in schools are sneezing all over the place. We are into the joys of the winter season, which includes battling bugs in our bodies, even when the mosquitoes outside haven’t died off yet (they seem to never fully go away, ugh!). For me, this is the time to make sure I stick to my healthy regimen at all costs, and luckily, living in Italy makes it pretty easy for me to do this. Rec...
Tags: Travel, Usa, UK, America, Chicago, Italy, Florence, Expat, Tuscany, San Marco, Expat Life, Arno, Prato, Italy Italy, Life in Italy, Georgette


Invisible in Taiwan: Living in Taipei with Chronic Illness

Invisible in Taiwan: Living in Taipei with Chronic Illness I live on the river that divides Taipei and New Taipei in Taiwan. I’m a Canadian expat and I’ve lived in Taiwan since 2006. I have Ankylosing Spondylitis, Fibromylagia and ME, among a number of other chronic conditions that cropped up over the past 20 years. My husband and I have stayed in Taiwan rather than returning to Canada or the US because the health care is very reasonable here, the weather is mild, and life in Taiwan is inexpens...
Tags: Travel, Health, Hong Kong, Singapore, US, Barcelona, Taiwan, Features, Chronic Illness, Canada, Peru, South America, Uruguay, North America, Taipei, Reiki


Americans : How To Vote While Out Of The Country

Steph and I have talked about writing this post since Trump got into office and this Kavanaugh circus is making me extra terrified for November and it has finally motivated me to put this together. Why? Let me explain. I am currently in the United States, and have been for the past 5 months. The … Americans : How To Vote While Out Of The Country Read More » Americans : How To Vote While Out Of The Country is a post from Why Wait to See the World? Please head over there to finish reading this ...
Tags: Travel, United States, North America, Travel Advice, Destinations, Expat Life, Trump, Steph, Kavanaugh, Tips and Advice, Travel Styles, Digital Nomadism


Review: La Manufacture Restaurant Brussels Belgium

Monika reviews La Manufacture, a fine-dining restaurant in Brussels’ center, steps from Grand Place, with a unique setting and fusion cuisine. La Manufacture restaurant in Brussels, Belgium has long been on my list of places to dine because of its unique setting, in the former factory of  Delvaux, the Belgian luxury leather maker. So, when I was invited to visit the restaurant, I immediately accepted. The industrial setting has been beautifully renovated with accents in warm colours to presen...
Tags: Travel, France, Herb, Restaurant Review, Belgium, Michelin, Brussels, Expat Life, Slow Food Restaurants, Brussels Belgium, Monika Monika Lamba Saini, Monika, Grand Place, Grand Place Brussels, Delvaux, La Manufacture


My Favorite Ikebana Arrangements in 2018 – January through June

My Favorite Ikebana Arrangements in 2018 – January through June Ever since I was a child, I’ve had a dream of opening up my own flower shop. My love for nature’s beauty has always been with me, and it was always encouraged by my mother and grandmother, both of whom were masters in their own right when it came to flowers. I decided to showcase the first half of my 2018 ikebana arrangements by dividing the year up into two parts. Although I’ve created well over one hundred arrangements in the pa...
Tags: Travel, Japan, Features, Canada, Japanese culture, Cultural Travel, Carrie Kellenberger, Expat Life, Flower Festivals, Art Therapy, Buddhist, Auguste Rodin, Ottawa Ontario Canada, Asian art, Flower Arrangements, artists in Taiwan


Those Elusive French Habits

Yet another book about how to live like a chic French woman?! Well, sure—because people can’t stop buying them. This one, Living Forever Chic: Frenchwomen’s Timeless Secrets for Everyday Elegance, Gracious Entertaining, and Enduring Allure, is by American expat Tish Jett, whose 2013 book Forever Chic: French Women’s Secrets for Timeless Beauty, Style, and Substance, was a bestseller. Living Forever Chic returns to the well trod terrain of French style and beauty, but extends the notion of Frenc...
Tags: Travel, French Customs, Expat Life, Jett, Books on Paris, French manners, Living Forever Chic, Parisian style, Wish Jett, Tish Jett


15 of the Best Expat Blogs

Of all the entertaining varieties of travel blogs out there, there’s one category that sets itself apart in a way that I find most appealing – and that’s the expat blog. I’m a wannabe expat myself, so clearly that’s part of the draw for me, but I also think the way an expat approaches blogging is inherently different from any other travel blogger. In fact, many of them wouldn’t even consider themselves travel bloggers, and there’s a good reason for that.   It’s because they’re not.   Being an ex...
Tags: Travel, Japan, England, New York, Featured, France, India, Blogging, Rome, United States, Egypt, Morocco, Paris, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia


Book Review: Formosa Moon by Joshua Samuel Brown and Stephanie Huffman

by    (Goodreads Author) and Stephanie Huffman ‘s review of Formosa Moon. From time to time, my work brings me unexpected treasure in the line of being able to read or edit for my author friends. I’ve known Joshua Samuel Brown since 2007. He has authored more than 15 books on his own and for guide book companies like Lonely Planet, Fodor’s and more. As his friend and as a fellow writer and editor, Josh made sure I had an advance reader copy of his new book – parts of which I had alr...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Asia, Book Reviews, Taiwan, Features, Taipei, Lonely Planet, Travel Advice, Cultural Travel, Carrie Kellenberger, Expat Life, Joshua Samuel Brown, Josh, Brown, Stephanie


#1 Foreign Buyers of Paris Property

Have Americans finally out-bought the Italians? You may not hear a ton of Italian spoken in Paris (at least I don’t) but Italians are the #1 nationality, after French, that bought apartments in the city last year. Or so it was thought until final numbers recently came in. It was Americans who, for the first time, were the #1 non-resident nationality to buy pieds-a-terre and investment property in Paris. This is according to Olivier Cheilan, writing in one of those slick apartment magazines publ...
Tags: Travel, Paris, Airbnb, Expat Life, Americans In Paris, Italians In Paris, Paris Property, Paris real estate, Foreign Buyers of Paris Property, Olivier Cheilan


Mobility Challenges and What An Exoskeleton Can Do For You

In October 2018, I was attending a government luncheon for Canadian delegates who had recently arrived in town and were interested in learning more about life abroad in Taiwan. Although I usually try to avoid using a cane when I go to these luncheons, that day was unavoidable. I had to bring it along. While working our way through a delightful Taiwanese lunch, I listened to a man named Brian Chong from a company called Wistron here in Taiwan who was working on new technology for robotic legs tha...
Tags: Travel, Health, Taiwan, Features, Chronic Illness, Taipei, Robocop, Living Abroad, Chronically Ill Abroad, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Carrie Kellenberger, Fibromyalgia, Expat Life, Reliance, Exoskeletons, Wistron


Freudschaft-Friendship – A Concert to Celebrate the 33 Years of Friendship

Freudschaft-Friendship – A Concert to Celebrate the 33 Years of Friendship between New Taipei City and Starnberg, Germany One of the perks of devoting your free volunteer time to the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Taiwan and the Canadian Trade Office in Taiwan, which are two organizations I have gladly given my time to for more than 5 years for the betterment of local Taiwanese friends of Canada and Canadians in Taiwan, but also to the betterment of participating and helping to strengthen bi-l...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Europe, Music, Germany, Taiwan, Features, Canada, Italy, Manchester, John, Albania, Chamber of Commerce, Romeo, Cultural Travel, Carrie Kellenberger


Freudschaft-Friendship – A Concert to Celebrate 33 Years of Friendship

Freudschaft-Friendship – A Concert to Celebrate the 33 Years of Friendship between New Taipei City and Starnberg, Germany One of the perks of devoting your free volunteer time to the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Taiwan and the Canadian Trade Office in Taiwan – which are two organizations I have gladly given my time to for more than 5 years for the betterment of local Taiwanese friends of Canada and Canadians in Taiwan, but also to the betterment of participating and helping to strengthen ...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Europe, Music, Germany, Taiwan, Features, Canada, Italy, Manchester, John, Albania, Chamber of Commerce, Romeo, Cultural Travel, Carrie Kellenberger


Jwu Jiu Teahouse in Chiayi – A Step Back into Time

There is nothing quite like a visit from the past, especially when it pops up unexpectedly. If you’ve never been to a Japanese or Chinese tea house, it’s one of those things that must be done at least once in your lifetime. Step back into time with me at Jwu Jiu Teahouse in Chiayi in Taiwan. This authentic Chinese teahouse is set over a koi pond with a stunning garden view, complete with red paper lanterns, soothing music, and some of the best tea time dim sum snacks I’ve ever had in Taiwan. We ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, China, Restaurants, Taiwan, Features, Chinese Culture, John, North America, Ali, Dim Sum, Travel Advice, Tea Ceremony, Expat Life, Taiwanese Food, CHIAYI


A Brief Report from the Great Taiwan Toilet Paper Panic of 2018

Guest Author: Joshua Samuel Brown Each country must face its own test of fire. Every Briton, rich or poor, speaks in hushed tones of the London Blitz. Any American over 60 can tell you where they were on the day President Kennedy was shot. And No Taiwanese will ever forget the last week of February, 2018, a period that will forever be etched in national memory as The Great Taiwan Toilet Paper Panic. It started as an ordinary week, with Taiwanese citizens preparing for the annual lantern festival...
Tags: Travel, Asia, China, Taiwan, Features, Xi Jinping, Short Stories, Taipei, KO, Kennedy, Expat Life, Joshua Samuel Brown, Tsai, Tsai Ing, Taipei City, Kaohsiung


Expat Life in Hoi An, Vietnam

I was attracted to Hoi An after reading a few articles about this charming, well-preserved historic town halfway down the coast of Vietnam. I last visited Vietnam in 2011 and fell hopelessly in love with the cuisine, so when I heard that Hoi An is considered to have the best food in Vietnam, the decision was made. My idea to visit Hoi An was further supported by a few digitally nomadic colleagues who generally had great experiences there. (See also: Digital Nomad Life in Chiang Mai) Unfortunatel...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Australia, Grenada, Vietnam, Ubud, Chiang Mai, Expat Life, Hoi An, Gordon, Syd, Digital Nomad Life in Chiang Mai, Hoi An Expats Facebook, Cam Thanh, Chiang Mai Life, Dingo Deli


Pollution in Taiwan – Is It Bad? YES, IT’S BAD!

Air pollution in Taiwan is a serious matter that island residents have complained about for years. Taiwan receives a lot of air pollution from China, but Taiwan also produces a significant amount of its own pollution problems. Taiwan’s geography makes air pollution worse because many industrial centers on the north and west coasts of Taiwan are surrounded by high mountains which keep the bad air trapped at city level. Taipei also suffers from this problem. It’s not uncommon to have a completely ...
Tags: Travel, Health, China, Blog, European Union, Taiwan, Features, Chronic Illness, Beijing, Pollution, World Health Organization, John, Taipei, Air Quality, Temples, Northern Taiwan


Clearing Out – Letting Go Doesn’t Mean Giving Up

About a year ago, John and I realized we were in trouble with my health. Yes, we knew we were embarking on a new journey with me being chronically ill, but it took us a while to realize just how much our lives were going to change. Most of my readers that have stuck with me since My Several Worlds first launched in early 2007 have watched us take journey after journey. The whole point of this site was to write about the several different worlds I live in: Canada (my homeland), the USA (John’s ho...
Tags: Travel, Health, Asia, China, Taiwan, Features, Chronic Illness, Canada, John, North America, Living Abroad, Carrie Kellenberger, Expat Life, Carrie, Pema Chodron, Expat Stories


We Really Live Here! Italy Update #2

Hey guys! When I last left you in November we were still sleeping off jet lag and desperately apartment hunting (have I mentioned how much I hate apartment hunting? It’s definitely my least favorite part of any big move). A lot has changed since then, mostly for the better! We Finally Found a Home Home is a place to put your tiny Christmas tree Finding an apartment was more challenging than we expected. This was partly due to the language barrier, partly due to a lack of renting culture in ...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, La, US, Austria, Italy, Leo, Seattle, Bologna, Expat Life, Mike, Marcella, Twenty Something Travel, Greece Spain, Eataly World, Steph's Story


2017 Banqiao Christmas Light Show – New Taipei City

  I started writing about the Banqiao Christmas light show in 2012. We’ve been every year since it started, although I haven’t written about it much over the years. I guess the point was to enjoy the show, not keep updates on it. 2017 deserves an update, though, and this is for two reasons: It is our fifth year attending and this was the second year we were invited on behalf of the New Taipei City Government. This year’s light show, which New Taipei is now referring to as Christmasland, lasts ...
Tags: Travel, Holidays, Singapore, Christmas, Taiwan, Features, John, Taipei, Northern Taiwan, Expat Life, Simon, Chu, New Taipei, Taipei City, New Taipei City, Xinyi


7 fears that only expats understand

Becoming an expat is a thrilling experience. At least at first. The excitement of moving house to an entirely different country is like no other. The sounds, the smells, the sights… they are all new and intriguing. But as time goes on, excitement wanes and ominous questions start to creep into the back of your mind. Here are seven fears that only expats understand. 1. Will it all come to an abrupt end? Preparing to move abroad is a lot of work, and certainly an investment. I had to gather ma...
Tags: Travel, Living, Life, Expat, Expats, All, Expat Life, Living Overseas


Alienation and otherness as an expat

Not long after I moved to a tiny village of fewer than 500 inhabitants in the north of Iceland, I found myself sitting in a large auditorium with wood-paneled walls. There was a stage ahead of me, draped in fading, red felt curtains. This was Þorrablót, the annual Pagan festival that’s celebrated all across the country. The night’s festivities would include dinner and a show. I was sitting with my husband and his colleagues who included Edgar, a local scientist, and Jón and Dora, a couple who ...
Tags: Travel, Iceland, Expat, Narrative, All, Expat Life, Being An Expat, Dora, Jon, Edgar, Pagan, Adjusting To Expat Life, Skagaströnd


A Piccolo Italy Update

Ciao! When I last left you we were in the terminal stages  of preparing for our family move to Italy. Well… we made it! All four of us are now in Bologna, where it is currently raining heavily. To be honest, not that much has happened yet, but I didn’t want to leave you hanging too long, so here is an update on how our move has gone so far. The Journey plane selfie! I’ve gotten a lot of questions from friends and family about how the trip went. It was mostly fine. We had to do some extreme ...
Tags: Travel, Munich, Italy, Seattle, Bologna, Expat Life, Marcella, Steph's Story, Leo We paid Condor