RACHEL'S RUMINATIONS!

Sometimes you just have to write…

X is for eXpatriate

I am an expatriate: an American citizen, now living in the Netherlands. But I’m not entirely comfortable with the putting myself in that category: “expatriate.” When I first heard the … Continue reading

April 27, 2013 · 5 Comments

I is for immigration

Three of my four grandparents were Ukrainian Jews who immigrated to the US around the turn of the last century. The other one was born in the US, but her … Continue reading

April 10, 2013 · 3 Comments

Big Stuff #2

  If you haven’t read Big Stuff #1 yet, it’s here. I wrote in the last post that there was Big Stuff happening in my life that I hadn’t written … Continue reading

March 28, 2013 · 4 Comments

I was wrong! (re: Australia comment #2)

I just read that, as of one year ago, immigrants applying for citizenship, after they’ve jumped through all the bureaucratic hoops, do get a proper ceremony after all. Here’s the … Continue reading

August 24, 2007 · 1 Comment

Australia Comment #2: Citizenship

Our friend Mary Anne emigrated with her family to Australia a few years ago. I don’t know what the requirements for emigrating to Australia are, but they sure sounded complicated when … Continue reading

August 12, 2007 · 1 Comment

Being in a foreign country …

“Being in a foreign country means walking a tightrope high above the ground without the net afforded a person by the country where he has his family, colleagues, and friends, … Continue reading

April 4, 2007 · 1 Comment

I’m a fraud!

Okay, I have a website. I have a blog. I set up a Yahoo group for my students. I know how to use msn and Skype and most of the … Continue reading

March 17, 2007 · Leave a comment

How to be Dutch

Here’s something I wrote about five years ago, but it still applies! How to Be Dutch There’s been a lot of talk in Holland lately about immigrants and about how … Continue reading

March 4, 2007 · 3 Comments