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Like sand through the hourglass so are the itinerary changes: The American Identity Tour

So when I started talking about an Adventure around America via Amtrak, the map looked like this: Over time, as I’ve refined the plans for this trip – which I’m now calling “The American Identity Tour” – the itinerary has been shaped and formed and the map now looks like this: Dates have shifted a little as part of that planning too! The itinerary is now looking like this: Day 1 El Paso, Texas Day 2 New Orleans Day 3 New Orleans Day 4 New Continue reading →

Sleeper Car Segments!

Figuring out which segments to choose to upgrade hasn’t been particularly complicated – I am looking for the best bang for my dollar! I am also aware of my need to sleep and rest well! so which are the segments that I am looking at upgrading? Departure                                      Arrival El Paso, Texas New Orleans Atlanta, Georgia Washington DC Boston Chicago Chicago Minot, ND Minot, ND Portland, Oregon I am still waiting to hear back on exact cost to upgrade each of these! One of the other Continue reading →

Expat or immigrant: being an inbetweener

The idea of home has been a reoccurring theme of my writing for almost 10 years. What makes a home? what does it mean to go home? What if home is a troubling idea? What does it mean to be an immigrant in contrast with being an expat? is being an expat a privileged status? Ziya Meral posed this question a few years ago: For those who leave their country of origin and venture far; do we ever return ‘home’? ; http://t.co/aKRWpPRp I don’t remember Continue reading →

Barely scratching the surface

Just about two years ago I arrived home to see a beautiful bouquet of white flowers on our front porch. I was on the phone with my grandmother at the time and, as she reminded me the other day, I genuinely thought they were for my roommate. I almost fell over when I realised that this guy I’d recently met had sent me flowers, perfect lovely wonderful flowers. And the rest is history. ——————– We high fived after hanging another curtain rail. We’ve learned much Continue reading →

The Green Card Club

The “you are preselected for a new credit card,” and the junk mail from cable companies are some of my least favourite kind of mail! The kind you rip up or shred without even taking a look at them. On the other hand, the white envelopes with the US citizenship and Immigration Services blue logo have become some of my favourite kind of mail. At each stage, they have heralded some little step forward. This time we are moving a leap forward! Last week, RM Continue reading →

Land of the Free?: Meditations on being an immigrant

A Greencard. Surely, you’ve heard of those. Apparently they are the holy grail for the entire world. Because, it seems, at least if you’re watching Fox News that everyone in the world wants to be American. Perhaps then, some of the things I will say about being an immigrant will be a shock: Not everyone grows up wanting to take on the nationality of another country. I love being an Australian. If I hadn’t married an American Serviceman, I certainly wouldn’t have considered Permanent Residency Continue reading →