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Musings on relocation, exploration and other general oddities.
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2014 in pictures
2015 in pictures
I have been back in Dublin for about a month #8211; apart from a Christmas jaunt to the UK to visit family. I am just about getting settled into feeling like I #8217;m back living here, rather than just on an extended visit.
Continue reading #8220;Welcome home? #8221; rarr;
January 15, 2017
Say hello, wave goodbye
2016 is #8211; thankfully #8211; nearly over. It has been a hell of a year to be an immigrant in the US. When I moved here three years ago, I never thought for a moment that they would be inaugurating President Trump in 2017.
I swear I was leaving anyway.
Continue reading #8220;Say hello, wave goodbye #8221; rarr;
December 15, 2016
Love trumps hate?
I have been putting off writing this post. I didn #8217;t want to write it #8211; I didn #8217;t think I #8217;d have to. I thought, in the days following November 8th, that I #8217;d be able to write something about glass ceilings, and the women who waited 96 years, and the US joining the growing community of nations with a female head of state. It would have been schlocky, probably. Screw that #8211; it definitely would have been overly sentimental.
But instead, the American people made a choice that I don #8217;t think I will ever really understand. And so we face an uncertain and terrifying future, with a racist, xenophobic, misogynistic homophobic, you #8217;ve-been-Tangoed personification of a YouTube comment thread poised to take the helm.
Continue reading #8220;Love trumps hate? #8221; rarr;
November 26, 2016
I have written and rewritten this post a few times now; I #8217;m giving up on trying to say anything coherent. Election years are always somewhat bombastic over here #8211; and this has been a particularly turbulent one. I have a lot of feelings about this election, and I don #8217;t seem to be able to verbalise any of them adequately.
So I #8217;m just going to say that this is an important election #8211; not least for my fellow immigrants, many of whom are not as fortunate as I am.
So for those of us who can #8217;t, and who will live with the consequences, vote.
November 7, 2016
The weight of history.
Different people want different things from travel #8211; nature, culture, nightlife, history. When I travel, I like to understand a bit of the social history #8211; how people lived, that kind of thing. So it is perhaps inevitable that we made the decision to visit a slave plantation while in Louisiana.
Continue reading #8220;The weight of history. #8221; rarr;
October 28, 2016
Road tripping #8230;
We #8217;re about half way through a 10 day road trip across three Southern states. Such a trip deserves a lengthier reflection than this, but a morning of driving and listening to the blues has made me pensive.
Things are different here. Gas is less than $2/gall, for starters, and I paid $2.47 for two donuts and two coffees. Best donuts in Greenville, MS. Trust me.
Continue reading #8220;Road tripping #8230; #8221; rarr;
October 26, 2016
Abortions for some, miniature American flags for others #8230;.
Of the many things that are difficult while living abroad, politics can be the thorniest to negotiate. My convoluted status as a non-resident, non-immigrant alien means that I can #8217;t vote here in the US #8211; no matter how many times Facebook exhorts me to register #8211; and that #8217;s an uncomfortable place to be in an election straight out of the Twilight Zone. There have been important political happenings in my home country and adopted nation too #8211; Brexit and the Irish marriage equality referendum, most notably #8211; which have emphasised my feelings of disconectedness.
Continue reading #8220;Abortions for some, miniature American flags for others #8230;. #8221; rarr;
September 25, 2016
I have half a post waiting to be written. It #8217;s about trains, and my love of Amtrak and the National Parks Service. But that #8217;s going to have to wait.
Today, I had an appointment with a USCIS (US citizenship and immigration service) about my employment authorisation document (EAD). This is the little #8211; but oh so important #8211; card that says I #8217;m allowed to work in the USA. I #8217;ve mentioned my troubles with this before; as my application had been pending for more than 90 days, I was advised by the immigration lawyers that I could make an appointment in person, and plead my case for expedited processing. It was a long shot, they said #8211; but I had nothing to lose.
Continue reading #8220;Immigrant woes #8221; rarr;
July 25, 2016
All change on the Westminster front.
Today, the UK gets a new prime minister: Theresa May. I #8217;ve said earlier that I #8217;m pretty ambivalent about this #8211; I want to see more women in positions of power around the world, but does it really have to be *this* woman? When I was born, Britain had a female prime minister #8211; and she was a pretty hideous woman, whose death lead to the song #8220;Ding Dong the Witch is dead #8221; resurfacing in the UK charts.
Continue reading #8220;All change on the Westminster front. #8221; rarr;
July 13, 2016
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