Our very own Real Post Reports editor, Nicole Schaefer-McDaniel, was honored recently with an interview on ExpatsBlog.com. German-born Nicole discusses her expat experiences from being a TCK attending middle school in the US to becoming the spouse of a US Foreign Service Officer. We are delighted to learn more about Nicole, who joined Tales in July. Read her interview.
By Magdalena Travis, age 10
In the summer of 2004, my family moved to Accra, Ghana. I was seven years old then. This was the first time in my life I was going to live in Africa. On the one hand, I did not want to say goodbye to my friends in Poland where my family and I had been living - my Dad works for the U.S. State Department and Krakow was our first post. On the other hand, I was curious: what would Africa feel like? My image of Africa was a big sand dune with elephants, giraffes and zebras, covered with plantain trees and coconut palms.
By Antonio Graceffo
At 102 stories tall, the Empire State Building was the biggest building in the world from 1931 to 1972. The massive structure was built by immigrants, people who came from all over the world, speaking a sea of languages. The linguistic communication issues in the skyscraper’s construction must have been mind-boggling. And yet, the project was completed in just about one year.
By Suzanne Kamata
"Why does our daughter have to take a bath with her teacher?" Christine Uno asked her husband. "As a Japanese teacher, please explain it to me."
They were driving along the mountains of western Shikoku, returning home after a weekend spent at a spa. They - Christine, her husband Hideki, and the twins, Emily and Ken - had indulged in a “family bath,” a private hot tub under the stars. Bathing as a family seemed intimate and appropriate. But with her teacher and unrelated kindergartner boys?