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Starting Life Over Again in a Foreign Country

Posted on 11/20/18 by Yvonne Lefort
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By Jolanda Heijnen Jolanda is an international spouse from the Netherlands. She followed her husband who is doing a post-doc at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Before moving to Berkeley, Jolanda worked at one of Europe’s largest steel manufacturers as a Product- and Process Technologist, combining aspects of data science and data analytics. Here she talks about more »

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My Support Group

Posted on 06/09/14 by Yvonne Lefort
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By Ruth Weinhold-Heße Ruth is a journalist and an international spouse from Germany who is currently living in Berkeley while her husband does a post-doc at UC Berkeley. Here she talks about the Friday Morning Coffee, a group for international spouses/partners facilitated by Yvonne Lefort that meets weekly at Caffe Strada in Berkeley. Friday mornings, my mood more »

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Getting a Job in America – A UC Berkeley Spouse from Portugal Shares Her Story

Posted on 05/08/13 by Yvonne Lefort
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Patricia is an international spouse from Portugal who is currently living in Berkeley while her husband does a post-doc at UC Berkeley. In this interview, Patricia talks about getting a job and describes what it has been like for her to work for an American company. Briefly describe who you are, where you’re from, why more »

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A new home away from home!

Posted on 12/06/12 by Vatsala Shrivastava
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iving a life experience in the States has always been a dream for both my husband and me. However, when the time comes, it’s hard to say goodbye to people you love. It’s hard to put your life in a bag and leave your previous time behind you. But you do it because you keep more »

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Creating a Fulfilling Life in America

Posted on 11/15/12 by Vatsala Shrivastava
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Three months in Berkeley/Albany and I have this feeling of happiness. That is great to feel. My family and I have got a nice start here – this year we have been planning for almost one year back home in Norway. Shortly after we arrived there was an information meeting at CAL for visiting scholars more »

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Hello Everyone!!

Posted on 11/08/12 by Vatsala Shrivastava
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Hello everyone!! We are starting to blog! Yay! I hope this can be really fun for all of us! I assume that writing this first post was a little frightening for me… What subject to choose? We are living such different situations; it isn’t that easy to decide which one I should share with you… more »

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On The Road

Posted on 11/01/12 by Vatsala Shrivastava
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A FOOT and light-hearted I take to the open road! Healthy, free, the world before me! The long brown path before me, leading wherever I choose! Henceforth I ask not good-fortune, I am good-fortune, Henceforth I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing, Strong and content, I travel the open road. (…) Walt Whitman more »

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Rebuilding Our Home

Posted on 10/25/12 by Vatsala Shrivastava
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They say that among the many things that can cause high stress in someone’s life is moving to another house, now imagine adding to this not only moving to another house but also another country, culture, leaving family, friends and job … and having to leave behind everything you once owned and that place where more »

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Breaking into a new chapter of my life!

Posted on 10/18/12 by Vatsala Shrivastava
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ello Berkeley, my new home. What are you up to? Do you want to be my friend? I see you are confused. Let me introduce myself. My name is Marie and I am from the Czech Republic. Please, do not ask me what I’m doing here, because right now my answer would be that I more »

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