Wandering Thoughts

Here we collect our favorite blog post reprints, short essays, or short memoir pieces that illuminate any aspect of expat life. If you would like to offer us a submission, please write to us at editor@talesmag.com!

My Trailing Spouse Resumé

Wandering Thoughts

May 2019

By Kelly Bembry Midura


After 29 years experience as a expatriate spouse, 17 of them overseas, I bring a unique perspective to any crazy venture. With 10 international moves under my belt to date, my vocabulary of profanity is impressive, while my organizational skills have been refined to the level of obsession. I am particularly fond of making lists on napkins and sticking post-it notes to household items, pets, and children. Unfazed by incomprehensible languages, Euroglyphic appliances, and funky plumbing, I make a house into a home wherever I land.

Special Skills

Post Research

I am an expert in this field, having volunteered a significant portion of my life to researching cities and countries overseas. I make extensive use of online resources and social networks to acquire quick answers to questions unanswered by State Department materials and offices. International schools are a particular specialty: I can find a post with a school to...

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