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 Patricia Tan
Just keep breathing
It takes an hour to shower, blow-dry my hair, and apply my favorite burgundy shade of lipstick. After another hour of trying on nearly everything in my wardrobe, I select an outfit – perfectly fitting boot cut jeans, a black v-neck top with delicate floral embroidery around the collar, and a pair of shiny black leather boots with 2-inch heels. Then I sit on my sofa, palms pressed on my thighs, and breathe deeply for fifteen minutes. It’s time to take a taxi to the meeting area.
By Apple Gidley
We arrived in Bangkok in May towards the end of the dry, hot season and just in time for the monsoons. It is a popular misconception amongst farang (foreigners) that the monsoon season brings months of relentless rain. In reality, we were headed into five months of complete unpredictability.
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.