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Air Quality: What You Said

Bob Castro, a UAB reader, responded to our post asking for feedback on air quality at overseas posts. He pointed out that there are many kinds of pollution — and that it can be expensive for families to combat them … Continue reading

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Trailing Spouses: What You Said

Thank you, Unaccompanied Baggage readers, for your thoughtful responses on the use of the term “trailing spouse.” When we asked whether it’s the correct description of those Foreign Service husbands/wives/partners who are living overseas with their direct-hire significant others, and … Continue reading

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One Response On “Trailing Spouses”

Recently we asked for readers’ thoughts on “trailing spouse.” We’ve received some interesting feedback and are sharing one of the longer responses below. A roundup of others will be posted next week. It’s not too late to contribute! Comment here … Continue reading

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Is “trailing spouse” the right phrase?

Are you offended by the term “trailing spouse?” It seems like a simple question, but as diplomatic and corporate expat spouses around the world continue to debate its use, Unaccompanied Baggage is interested in our readers’ thoughts. Is it the … Continue reading

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New faces at Tales from a Small Planet

Posted on behalf of UAB’s friends at Tales from a Small Planet. You’ll find a link to their site in the sidebar on the right. Tales from a Small Planet, a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit organization and premier expat resource website, … Continue reading

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Foreign Service Furniture: What You Said

Further proving the idea that we all like to talk about our furniture (for better or for worse), our plea for comments on furniture provided in Foreign Service housing overseas and — on disguising said furniture as necessary — was … Continue reading

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Another Parent’s Perspective On Overseas Schools

Maria Borden, who has been a Foreign Service family member for 30 years and whose children have attended various schools in Taipei (American), Tokyo (American), Windhoek (international), Beijing (international), Jakarta (international), Sydney (Australian history required/IB) and the United Kingdom (IB/GCSE), … Continue reading

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International Schools: Insight on AAS Moscow

Unaccompanied Baggage received these thoughts on the Anglo American School of Moscow via e-mail. Just because a school has an Olympic-sized swimming pool, and more money than they know what to do with, does not mean it is a great … Continue reading

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About those hardship differentials: One person’s perspective

Unaccompanied Baggage’s recent post on hardship differentials prompted this comment received via e-mail: I find it incredible how Tegucigalpa and San Salvador only have a 15 percent differential while they are capital murder Number 1 and Number 2 of the world. In Tegucigalpa, … Continue reading

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How We’d Use Our EFM Employment Magic Wands

Calling All EFMs With Magic Wands In Their UAB asked about hopes and dreams for spousal employment overseas. The responses were enlightening and, let’s be honest, wouldn’t be at all difficult to implement. From Eric C, via the UAB: If … Continue reading

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