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Emer Hurley | Posted 06.30.2016 | HuffPost Home
Emer Hurley

They pack up their trunkies and teddy bears, pack up all of their precious treasures and start the countdown weeks in advance. How many more sleeps un...

More Than Beef Noodle Soup and Taipei 101: Unexpected Surprises of Life in Taiwan

Marjorie Freimuth | Posted 07.28.2015 | Travel
Marjorie Freimuth

Instead of describing the culinary wonders of beef noodle soup and mango shaved ice, or "must-see's" such as Taipei 101, Jiufen, and night markets, here are 7 everyday surprises that are just as much a part of the culture as bubble tea.

Is Becoming American Really Such A Big Deal?

Ido Bendet-Taicher | Posted 06.05.2016 | Queer Voices
Ido Bendet-Taicher

When my daughter tells me that she is more American than I am because she was born here and I wasn't, I respond that I actually think the opposite is true - that because I made the choice to become American, I am more American then she is. I made the choice to leave my past behind and asked to become a U.S. citizen, while she was given citizenship at birth. I never planned to leave my past behind and I didn't have a childhood dream to become American, but yet, I did end up doing this, so, how did I get here?

How to Survive the Great Indian Chaos

Ketaki Desai | Posted 04.09.2014 | Travel
Ketaki Desai

It is important to remember that there is a lot more to India than the craziness one experiences, if one has the desire and the patience to look for it.

How to Not Make Friends: An Expat Guide to Avoiding Expats

Jeff Jones and Gay Haubner | Posted 09.01.2013 | Fifty
Jeff Jones and Gay Haubner

If you travel all the way to Katmandu, why are you so overjoyed about meeting Bob and Wendy Whomeverthef*ck from Jerkwater, Ohio?

Things To Look Out For When Moving To Costa Rica

Jeff Jones and Gay Haubner | Posted 06.01.2013 | Fifty
Jeff Jones and Gay Haubner

Ask any Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica resident "How many times have you moved since your arrival?" and it goes something like this: "Five times in the past year," "twice this month," "I've lived in 18 places since i got here" and so on.

Why Cooking Up A New Life In Costa Rica Is Harder Than Expected

Jeff Jones and Gay Haubner | Posted 02.07.2013 | Fifty
Jeff Jones and Gay Haubner

Between the biking, snorkeling, surfing, lazing in the hammock and cocktail mixing in Costa Rica, we kinda like to eat. Back in New York, I put at least one hot meal on the table every day for 30 years and had a robust repertoire of family-pleasing recipes -- few of which, for various reasons, can be reproduced here.

What We Wish We Had Learned Before We Retired In Costa Rica

Jeff Jones and Gay Haubner | Posted 12.15.2012 | Fifty
Jeff Jones and Gay Haubner

When you're standing in the store with a line of people behind you and the cashier mumbles something like quatromilledoscientoscinquenta and it sounds like quatromillcan'tyouevencountyoustupidstupidgringo, it's a bit nerve-wracking.

4 Things You'll Miss If You Retire In Costa Rica

Jeff Jones and Gay Haubner | Posted 11.27.2012 | Fifty
Jeff Jones and Gay Haubner

Of course, we didn't move to Costa Rica to watch TV, but sometimes in the midst of a three-day downpour, it'd be nice to see something other than each other.

Costa Rica Retirement: Why We Got A Guard Dog

Jeff Jones and Gay Haubner | Posted 10.23.2012 | Fifty
Jeff Jones and Gay Haubner

One big reason to have a dog in Puerto Viejo is security. Pretty much anything that isn't nailed down is fair game around here, petty burglaries aren't uncommon -- and we determined we wanted... a beast.

House-Hunting In Costa Rica: No Boas, Bats Or Screaming Rats

Jeff Jones and Gay Haubner | Posted 09.06.2012 | Fifty
Jeff Jones and Gay Haubner

There was the House of Fleas, the place right next door to the House of Pit Bulls, a one-of-a-kind home on a beautiful property featuring the perfect howler monkey habitat but little to no indoor space.

Our New Backyard: How We Gave Away Everything And Moved To Costa Rica

Jeff Jones and Gay Haubner | Posted 08.08.2012 | Fifty
Jeff Jones and Gay Haubner

Three days of dumping our possessions on the street made us extremely popular in the East Village. ("Do you have any MORE books, man?" "Wow! A dulcimer!") The king bed walked uptown.

Why's Our New Puppy Almost Dead?

Jeff Jones and Gay Haubner | Posted 07.18.2012 | Impact
Jeff Jones and Gay Haubner

A married couple, 50-somesuch, kids grown and flown... so what comes next? We moved from Manhattan to Costa Rica: a move that took just under 10 months from the night we said, "Let's do it" till we boarded the plane with one-way tickets.

A Baby to Change the Times... and U.S. Immigration Laws

Adrian Margaret Brune | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Adrian Margaret Brune

Miles' story has a happy ending, and potentially huge implications for other LGBT parents abroad, but it also illustrates the expense and frustration expended by gay couples for outdated laws that do not reflect the changing nature of today's families.

Pardon My French: Our Heroine Gets a Lesson in Etiquette

Katie Beck | Posted 12.24.2011 | Travel
Katie Beck

All of the quirky rules and formalities here give a sense that people are doing the same things -- in the same places -- that they have been done for centuries. This is precisely what I find so fascinating about this country.

Pardon My French: Our Heroine Joins a Secret Society

Katie Beck | Posted 12.05.2011 | Travel
Katie Beck

Nice is chalk full of restaurants, I can see about 50 from my balcony, but it's not all that easy to navigate which ones are genuinely good and it can be equally difficult to figure out when they might actually be open.

Pardon My French: Our Heroine Struggles With the Language

Katie Beck | Posted 12.05.2011 | Travel
Katie Beck

There is a false security that comes with being spoken to in the very slow, very clear, perfectly-formed French spoken only by French teachers.

Pardon My French: Our Heroine Learns To Love/Hate The French

Katie Beck | Posted 11.17.2011 | Travel
Katie Beck

It was clear that our presence was beyond an inconvenience to them. My lack of French, from the looks on their faces, was an offense punishable by death.

Notes of an Ex-Pat 1: View From the Bridge

W. Hunter Roberts | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
W. Hunter Roberts

From my window I see sheets of ice floating down the Danube. It's mid-winter, and I am finally here in Budapest. Last week I went with a Hungarian law...

Midwest Girl Living in a Mid East World

Anne Sobel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Anne Sobel

Despite the fact I find the desert area outside of the beautiful seaside Corniche and cosmopolitan downtown rather dreary, I am having a love affair with Qatar.

Notes of an Ex-Pat: Deciding Not to Come Back

W. Hunter Roberts | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
W. Hunter Roberts

From this distance, life in America looks like a treadmill: working constantly to maintain a life with little reward or joy: striving and consuming.

Village People

Heidi Kingstone | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Heidi Kingstone

The big decision facing any ex-pat in Kabul on any given Thursday, the start of the Afghan weekend, is what to do that night.

Notes of a Temporary Ex-Pat #3

W. Hunter Roberts | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
W. Hunter Roberts

I came here to find a corner of the world where relationships, ideas, and beauty were more important than winning. I wanted a place where people sat down to dinner, where I could live.

Notes of a Temporary Ex-Pat #2 (Week One)

W. Hunter Roberts | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
W. Hunter Roberts

One of the joys and the fears of travel (not the kind that is safe and monitered so you never have to deal, but real travel) is that existential moment of just throwing yourself out onto the world.

Notes of A Temporary Ex-Pat #6--Escaping the Matrix

W. Hunter Roberts | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
W. Hunter Roberts

Outside the bubble is danger. After all, the bubble contains the best of everything--the best healthcare, the best food, the best houses, the best education ... doesn't it?