About us


Thanks for stopping by!

3rd Culture Children
is the channel I found to voice my impressions and feelings about life, friends, jobs, travels, all wrapped up by our duties with the Foreign Service.

We are a family of 5, 3 being children under 7 years of age, living and working around the world. And I write about that. My impressions as a mother, former “geeky stuff” scientist, researcher, partner and household queen! :o

You will find here our experiences, challenges and victories. Our impressions as foreigners, spouses, parents, travellers!

 ♣ Hope you’ll have fun reading our takes about life

Previous homes: 

Washington, DC 

Mozambique, Southern Africa

Recife, Brazil

Current home: 

La Paz, Bolívia

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238 responses to “About us

  1. Alice Jungclaus

    May 25, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Just discovered your blog! Great photos and stories here. I’ve not been to Bolivia yet. We share having a global family lifestyle in common. I also share my thoughts on global parenting on my blog which can be found at my website here:

    • 3rdCultureChildren

      May 25, 2014 at 8:55 pm

      Alice! Thank you very much for taking the time to stop by, read thru the blogposts… and for sharing your own take on the global family lifestyle! Much appreciated. Best, R.

  2. crazyguyinthailand

    March 18, 2014 at 1:40 am

    Awesome blog :D :D :D

  3. kiwigirlattemptingitalian

    February 3, 2014 at 11:21 am

    your blog looks great! Can’t wait to read so much more!

  4. wisemonkeysabroad

    January 31, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    Great blog!! Going to follow for a few reasons but the main two are:
    (1) liking the content – first thing we saw was “Incas” and we loved Peru so much we had to follow
    (2) great theme: kind of looks familiar ;)

    • 3rdCultureChildren

      January 31, 2014 at 10:31 pm

      Thank you for visiting… and thanks for sharing your reasons! :o

  5. Alice Rowsome

    January 27, 2014 at 10:24 am

    Dear Raquel,

    I am the producer of a documentary that will look at the effects of climate change on an indigenous population in the Bolivian Andes, the Kallawayas. The reason we are interested in their story is because we believe that indigenous communities, like the Kallawayas, are crucial in aiding our understanding of sustainability. Their extensive knowledge of the environment and their unique perspectives are critical in broadening a global understanding, and we think this should be shared.

    Filming will take place throughout June and July, and we have just launched our Kickstarter campaign in order to fund the documentary. We have received a lot of support, which is great, however we still need a lot more people to get involved.

    Here is the link:

    I really enjoy your blog and find all your photos so fab! And I don’t know whether sharing our project on your blog would be something you would consider doing… We would really appreciate it :)

    I know this could be a lot to ask, but we really think that so much can be learnt from the Kallawayas and indigenous peoples in general and we really want to tell their story and change the way we all view climate change and that’s why we are so passionate about this project.

    I would really appreciate your support. Let me know if you have any questions.

    Kind regards,

    Alice Rowsome

    our website for info:

    • 3rdCultureChildren

      January 27, 2014 at 12:25 pm

      Sure Alice – send me an email with more details:
      sounds like a great initiative! you may prepare the text, and we go from there!

  6. Si Hua Deng

    November 10, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    I just recently started reading your blog, and I am interested in becoming a FS officer. I am doing a research paper for one of my high school courses regarding this occupation. It would be amazing if I could ask you a couple of questions related to this career. Is there any possible way I could reach you outside of this comment box if I were to interview you? Thank you so much!

  7. Richard Fleitas

    September 18, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    I am very impressed with your blog. Clearly your time and effort have had a marked impact on other families living in unique and dynamic situations abroad.

    I work with a company called IDS. We have developed means to reach diverse group of families working and living abroad who have children with special needs. We have a range of specialists available to consult onsite and now remotely, through Insight from Offsite. Our service offerings have recently been supported by the Office of Overseas Schools and the Office Medical Services Child and Family Program.

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    We would love your feedback as well as an opportunity to answer any questions you may have. I’d be happy to arrange a Skype meeting with you at your convenience if you were interested.

    Thank you for your time and keep up the great work!



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  8. Every Day Adventures in Asia

    September 16, 2013 at 1:38 am

    Been enjoying your blog immensely!! I’ve nominated you for a “Shine On” Award… appreciate this will be ‘yet another award’ however just wanted to share home much I admire your blog!

  9. Ben

    September 3, 2013 at 4:44 am

    What a fantastic opportunity to see the world – you’re very braze to do it with a young family as well. Me and my partner found moving countries hard enough with just the two of us! Great blog, I look forward to reading more in the future.

    • 3rdCultureChildren

      September 3, 2013 at 11:12 am

      I’m very glad you found some interesting reading over here, Ben! Good luck to both of you! :o

  10. cheri

    August 29, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    Thanks for following “Heels to Kicks!” As a third-culture kid myself, I’ve enjoyed looking through your work. :) I am so very acquainted with the unique challenges and am always happy to learn of others who have committed to this amazing type of life.

  11. znjavid

    August 28, 2013 at 12:58 am

    Thanks for the follow! Looking forward to more great posts from you! *clicks the follow button*

  12. thaygoulart

    July 31, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Hi Raquel! What a nice comment on my blog, I had to come visit yours!
    Like you, English’s been a part of my life for a really long time now – relembrando que tenho 19 anos – e tive a oportunidade de morar em Atlanta, GA também, which made me fall in love with the country even more. I’m studying and working hard because I know one day, I will be back.
    I’ll be following you and your family’s adventures too from now on!!
    — Thay

  13. dapontephotography

    July 27, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Thank you for the likes and following my blog!

  14. melissa nacinovich

    July 21, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Hi! I’ve nominated you for a ‘Versatile Blogger Award’…because you’re awesome of course. If you’re not the awards type that’s cool but if you are go get it here ! Yeah, there are rules but they’re pretty easy to follow. Thanks for reading my silliness!
    : )

    • 3rdCultureChildren

      July 21, 2013 at 5:25 pm

      Thanks, Melissa! :o

      • melissa nacinovich

        July 21, 2013 at 5:26 pm

        You’re so very welcome! I enjoy your blog posts immensely!
        : )

  15. 21stcenturyrenaissancegirl

    July 15, 2013 at 3:06 pm

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  16. RituKT

    June 3, 2013 at 4:58 am

    Hi, I am Ritu from the blog ‘Beyond Beauty Tips’. I saw that we were connected through my blog. I announced my new domain a month ago but I haven’t seen you there yet.
    Please show some love to ‘Things To Rave About’ ( which is just BBT at a new address.
    Hoping to see you there. Thanks!

  17. polyglotfun

    May 21, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    That’s so great that you get to travel and experience so many of the world’s cultures. :) I, too, have lived in Mozambique and found it to be quite an adventure. Porque vocês já viveram em Moçambique e no Brasil, agora também falam português?

    • 3rdCultureChildren

      May 21, 2013 at 9:41 pm

      Thanks for stopping by – much appreciated!
      Yes, we’ve lived in Mozambique, and we really enjoyed it. Regarding Portuguese, it’s my first language, so, adjusting to life in Moz and Brazil wasn’t really… challenging, when it came to language… :o We’ve been quite fortunate, I’d say!

      • polyglotfun

        May 21, 2013 at 10:06 pm

        Que bom! Talvez devo falar consigo mais para melhorar o meu português. :) Bom trabalho.

  18. Billie

    May 16, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    You’ve been awarded the Great Moment in My Life Award. Check out

    • 3rdCultureChildren

      May 16, 2013 at 5:00 pm

      Thank you very much, Billie! I must head out to your blog to check it! :o


    May 11, 2013 at 9:48 pm
    and thanks so much for following my blog and so I am going to follow your blog too. Thanks.


    May 11, 2013 at 9:23 pm
    Hi thanks so much for stopping by my blog, your blog is amazing too. Have a beautiful day! Betty

  21. expatsincebirth

    May 11, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Hi, I just nominated you for the Sunshine Blogging Award! ;-)

  22. Olga Brajnović

    May 7, 2013 at 11:23 am

    I’m honored you stopped in my blog, yours is amazing. You have a lot of things to write about and you are doing so beautifully! Thanks

    • 3rdCultureChildren

      May 7, 2013 at 11:30 am

      I’m really glad you enjoyed the blog, Olga! My pleasure to share! :o

  23. Hanne T. Fisker

    May 5, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    What an adventure you are on! I want to thank you for the follow of a fellow adventurer ;)

  24. tracyrose2013

    April 20, 2013 at 11:40 am


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    • 3rdCultureChildren

      April 20, 2013 at 8:23 pm

      Why not? My readers are mostly expat, and/or traveling families, mainly with kids… living life overseas, with all it’s ventures and challenges… Suggestions? :o thanks for stopping by, btw!

  25. edmooneyphotography

    April 18, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Hey, Thanks for stopping by my blog and the follow, Look forward to seeing more of your work, :-)

  26. YunitaGena

    March 25, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    hi 3rdculturechildren,
    I’m nominated you for Dragon’s loyalty award

    • 3rdCultureChildren

      March 31, 2013 at 9:31 pm

      Thank you very much, I do appreciate it! Will check your blogpost out, as soon as I’ve got some time here… been out, away from blogging… need to get back on the ‘networking world! :o

      • Yuna

        April 2, 2013 at 11:59 am

        ow, so welcome back to the networking world.
        i’m looking forward to it :D


  27. shellakers

    March 12, 2013 at 11:35 am

    I nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award :-) Congratulations!

  28. lexi

    March 12, 2013 at 12:17 am

    Looks like an amazing adventure for your kids to grow up this way. My mother is German and has a passion for travel so, growing up, we frequently got carted off to Europe. Instilling travel and culture in us is the greatest gift my parents could have given us. I am so appreciative every day for the experiences and memories most people don’t get in a life time. You’re children are blessed and will thank you many times for what you are giving them. Excited to read more about your experiences. Cheers, Lexi

  29. Angie

    March 10, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    Thanks for the follow and leading me to your wonderful blog! You’ve got another follower here. :)

  30. SoundEagle

    February 20, 2013 at 10:39 am

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  31. Natalie

    February 19, 2013 at 8:24 am

    Didn’t know where else to post this but I nominated for “versatile Blogger award” I don’t know if you part take in these little wordpress-isms just wanted to let you know.

  32. stepharoni142

    February 18, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    Think your blog is great! How’d you get such an amazing job?!
    I mentioned your blog on my blog btw, hope that’s okay!

    • 3rdCultureChildren

      February 19, 2013 at 9:22 am

      Thank you very much for your kind comments and for the mention! I definitely need to check it out! Thanks for stopping by, Stepharoni142! :o

  33. dearrosie

    February 1, 2013 at 12:55 am

    What an interesting blog about your interesting life. When Mr F and I were first married we lived in Mozambique for a few months. It was my first experience of going to the supermarket to buy milk and being told “No milk today”.

    • 3rdCultureChildren

      February 1, 2013 at 2:54 am

      Oh…. this is so Mozambique! Thank you for stopping by! :o

  34. Nitin

    January 27, 2013 at 5:06 am

    hi thanks so much for the follow

  35. missyjeanjohnson

    January 26, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Wow! Thanks for the follow of my blog. Although I haven’t been to Bolivia yet, I have been to many parts of Latin America and post about it often. I have a soft spot for Mexico, having lived there for three years.

    Your blog is GORGEOUS! I love the concept, and although I don’t have a family yet, I dream of traveling with one. Such an amazing way to experience your world…good for you guys! I look forward to following your blog, and thanks for sharing it with us.

    • 3rdCultureChildren

      January 26, 2013 at 9:13 pm

      I’m so glad to learn you appreciate our way of telling stories! Thanks & take care, Raquel.

  36. likeablefellow

    January 13, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Hi..thank your for following…Will be browsing thru your blogwork…all the best…

  37. Victoria

    January 11, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    I remember visiting your blog, when I first started, and unfortunately didn’t “follow”. I’ve got some catching up to do! Congrats on FP, too!

  38. Untitled Adventure

    January 4, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    Hi there,

    Just wanted to let you know I have nominated you for the The Versatile Blogger Award. I hope this is welcome news to you. If you prefer not to accept the award, I certainly understand, but I hope you will visit the other nominees, and they will visit you, just the same. To see more about the award and accepting this nomination, please visit my post at All the best!

    • 3rdCultureChildren

      January 4, 2013 at 5:31 pm

      Thank you very much for the nomination! I’m very pleased and honored! Will make sure I check your post out, visit the other nominees & honor the nomination! Take care and have a great New Year! :o

  39. My Tropical Home

    December 31, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Hi and happy new year (in 7 minutes in this part of the world)…thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a like! You’ve got an amazing blog!

  40. theroadtriphound

    December 11, 2012 at 1:03 am

    Thanks for stopping by, you have a very interesting blog! I can’t wait to read more!

  41. planted oak

    November 30, 2012 at 12:15 am

    raquel, as a TCK myself, i’m looking forward to reading more. thanks for sharing your story! :)

    • 3rdCultureChildren

      November 30, 2012 at 12:49 pm

      Glad you find interesting reading, over here… as you know, I’m not a TCK myself (although was raised in Brazil, being exposed to mixed cultures due to my parents work/jobs) – but I’m a mom of 3 TCKs… and trying to learn as much as I can, in order to offer my kids the best & healthiest scenario for their growth as worldly citizens… Thanks for stopping by!

  42. godsgirl1615

    November 29, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Wow, what a life your family has! We’re very similar yet so so different at the same time :) Thanks for the comment, and if you’re ever in Cochabamba feel free to look me up!

    • 3rdCultureChildren

      November 29, 2012 at 12:20 pm

      Thank you for the offer! and thanks for stopping by and checking our travelblog out! Much appreciated! :o

  43. elleturner4

    November 18, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Hi! What a great blog. Thanks for visiting my blog and the like :)

    • 3rdCultureChildren

      November 18, 2012 at 6:41 pm

      My pleasure to share! Glad you enjoyed your reading over here! :o Come back anytime!

  44. islandscribbler

    November 18, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    I love your blog! Your photos are so vibrant and full of colour. Thanks so much for stopping by Island Vignettes. Your visit was really appreciated!

  45. cocoaupnorth

    November 10, 2012 at 6:00 am

    Wow! beautiful and inspiring blog. I like the way you define 3rd Culture and I will be following the adventures of your lovely family from now on. Thanks for stopping by my blog, so much appreciated.

    • 3rdCultureChildren

      November 10, 2012 at 10:02 am

      I’m glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for your kind words. Raising TCK is part of our lives, and we live for that! :o Thanks for sharing your thoughts, as well.

  46. Eva the Dragon

    November 7, 2012 at 4:27 am

    HAPPY to see you have moved successfully and are still blogging. The site is looking terrific and keeps getting better. I had some technical glitch. I did not understand, which forwarded my link to your blog to a non-working site. But all is well again. And you will see I added Third Culture Children to Tales of Dragons Rabbits and Roosters. I keep learning.


    • 3rdCultureChildren

      November 7, 2012 at 8:53 am

      Thank you for adding the blog to your list, Eva! Much appreciated! :o Greetings from La Paz!

  47. sueannm66

    November 6, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    Hi. I have just added to your stash of awards. I have awarded you a One Lovely Blog Award. See here for details.
    Kind Regards, Sue Ann

    • 3rdCultureChildren

      November 6, 2012 at 9:07 pm

      Thank you very much, Sue Ann… much appreciated… will have it checked out… soon… :o

  48. dakota85

    November 4, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Thanks for recently following my blog, your support means so much! Though I have yet to marry or raise children in a foreign country, I suspect that’s somewhere down the line, so I’m enjoying your perspective on it all!

    • 3rdCultureChildren

      November 4, 2012 at 9:14 pm

      You’re more than welcome… before you know, life will change… for much better! :o Thanks for your kind words!

  49. Ren

    November 4, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Hey, thanks for the like! Great blog :)

  50. Mazigrace

    November 2, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    What a wonderful life and a beautiful blog. Thanks for sharing it with us. Very fascinating. Thanks for the follow.

  51. djmatticus

    November 2, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    I think you’ve probably been nominated before, but even if that is the case, you are worthy of another: Inspring Blogger Award. Check out the details here:

    • 3rdCultureChildren

      November 2, 2012 at 10:42 pm

      Thank you! Very kind of you… glad you’re enjoying the blog… will have to check it out… soon! :o Have a great weekend!

  52. island traveler

    October 31, 2012 at 9:11 am

    You have a beautiful blog that celebrates life.

    • 3rdCultureChildren

      October 31, 2012 at 9:12 am

      Ohh.. likewise! Just responded to one of your comments, stating exactly that – how inspiring your blog, images, descriptions are to me! :o Thanks for sharing all that beauty!

  53. ramblingsfromamum

    October 31, 2012 at 5:24 am

    Hello and thank you for following.
    I appreciated each and every person that stops by and takes the time to read my posts, hits that like button, comments or follows. I will be catching up with your posts now. :-)

  54. tchistorygal

    October 13, 2012 at 12:54 am

    Raquel, thanks first off for visiting my site. After reading a few of your articles, I am SO honored! I can’t wait to spend a little more quality time exploring your site. You are living such an exciting life. Your children look adorable, but most importantly they are learning so much about different cultures. Awesome! While I’m at it I want to invite you to a Circle of Admiration. This isn’t exactly an award, so you can check it out and see if you want to participate. The purpose is just to appreciate others. :)

    • 3rdCultureChildren

      October 13, 2012 at 1:01 am

      Thank you very much! I’m really glad you enjoyed the blog… much appreciated!

  55. malna

    September 20, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Ciao! I enjoy your blog so I just nominated you to one-lovely-blog-award, check it out here
    Take care and blog on!

  56. 40again

    September 15, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Hi there.
    I’ve been nominated for the BookerAward and in turn I’ve nominated you too. I’m not too sure of its legitimacy, or where it came from, but I pass it on to you in the spirit of friendship. The details are on my blog

  57. Marusa

    September 15, 2012 at 4:55 am

    Wow, what a brave decision! I am always reading about stories like this and lives like this with great admiration and hopefully, I one day find a soul with similar wishes and do it myself also! Thanks for stopping at my blog and well, I am lucky to find yours. :)

    • 3rdCultureChildren

      September 15, 2012 at 11:11 am

      thank you very much, Marusa… It’s not an easy decision, but it’s part of our job, part of who we are, and the way we want to raise our kids… glad you enjoyed reading… it’s the whole idea behind this blog, have it as a forum… Thanks for stopping by!

  58. Teresa

    September 11, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Thanks for following my blog. I hope you are able to try out some of the recipes some time and provide me with feedback and ideas for improvements. I’m always on the lookout for ways to make recipes better!

  59. the speech monster

    July 27, 2012 at 8:12 am

    love your blog! we have also done some traveling with our then 7 week now 8 month old son. 3rd culture children fascinate me. i’ve been around a few. and our son is one now!

    • 3rdCultureChildren

      July 27, 2012 at 12:57 pm

      Thank you so very much for sharing your life experiences! Glad you’re enjoying the blog, as well – and congratulations on being a parent of a 3rd culture child! Greetings from our traveling family!

  60. jaajaabor

    July 13, 2012 at 9:13 am

    I have nominated you for the versatile blogger award. click here to see your nomination:
    have a wonderful day !

    • 3rdCultureChildren

      July 13, 2012 at 3:57 pm

      Thank you so very much for the nomination! Great pleasure and honor! :o

  61. Adam Vagley

    July 2, 2012 at 4:47 am

    Hi guys,

    I found your blog on Expat Blog where my wife and I also list our expat blog,

    About a year and a half ago we moved from New York to Sydney and had a difficult time finding a reputable international mover. Because of our experience, we started GoodMigrations ( as a free resource for people to rate their international moving company so others can make an informed decision.

    We’re just starting out, so I’m reaching out to fellow expats to ask them to review their moving experiences on the site. If you used a mover en route to Brazil (or will use one to Bolivia) and could take 60 seconds to rate your experience (or even mention the site on your blog to spread the word to others), I would be grateful for your help!

    Many thanks,


  62. mgedwards

    June 30, 2012 at 5:41 am

    Hi fellow Foreign Service blogger, I like your blog and appreciate that you’ve stopped by to read my blog so much that I nominated yours for the One Lovely Blog Award. Congratulations! Enjoy the recognition, and keep up the good work! Kudos from Mike (M.G.)

    • 3rdCultureChildren

      June 30, 2012 at 10:47 am

      Thank you very much, Mike! :o

      • mgedwards

        June 30, 2012 at 11:25 am

        Of course! You’re very welcome. Keep up the great work. I receive your posts and love reading your stories and seeing the photos! Sounds like you had a great time in Recife. Best wishes in your next assignment!

  63. catbirdinoman

    June 20, 2012 at 12:04 am

    Hi! I just nominated you for the Picture the World! project. Please see my post about the nomination and let me know if you might provide a picture of Brazil for the project! Thanks so much! Good luck on your next assignment in Bolivia!

    • 3rdCultureChildren

      June 20, 2012 at 4:36 pm

      WOW! What an honor! Thank you vey much! Will definitely participate in the project! :o greetings from Recife, Brazil! :o

      • catbirdinoman

        June 21, 2012 at 12:01 am

        Great! Could you please let me know when you put up a picture? I’d love to see what you choose! :-) Thanks!

  64. Not Comic

    June 15, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Olá!! Obrigada por passar no meu blog – e por, assim, me permitir também conhecer o seu :)

  65. Rob Viens

    June 14, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    Hi again! – As you know, I’ve been writing about Brazil (in regards to Darwin’s four month visit in 1832) over on the Beagle Project. I thought I’d ask some of my fellow bloggers who are in Brazil (and following along) if they were interested in writing a guest blog (or cross posting) before he leaves Rio for points south on July 5th. If you are interested please let me know – I enjoy your blog and would love to have your perspective. (Drop me a comment or you can also find my email on my “About” page.)

  66. petrel41

    June 8, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Thanks for subscribing to my blog! I hope I won’t disappoint you :)

  67. Bella Remy Photography

    June 7, 2012 at 11:50 am

    I wanted to let you know that I truly enjoy your blog and have nominated you for the ABC – Awesome Blog Content Award.

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  68. catbirdinoman

    May 25, 2012 at 1:55 am

    Hi, I just nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger Award:

    Thanks for sharing your world with us! You’re an inspiration! I once dreamed of being in the Foreign Service, but I think I waited too late in life!!

    • 3rdCultureChildren

      May 25, 2012 at 6:44 am

      Thank you for the nomination! And, remember… in life, nothing is ever too late! :o Thanks for stopping by!

  69. Cristiane Gibson

    May 8, 2012 at 6:53 am

    Hello Dear !!
    Great energy reading your blog. I would like to ask about EAR (American School of Recife) . I would enjoy it very much to have an opportunity to work as a preschool Teacher in Recife. I got my TESOL certification with specialization in children that allows me teach to young learners. Love children & teaching, scrap booking,event planning and more than anything else in the WORLD my three little girls.
    Please if you do not mind, tell me about your experience working there and for privacy you can send me an email at
    Best regards and at last but not at least ..
    Uma beijoca para voce !

    Cristiane Gibson

    • 3rdCultureChildren

      August 24, 2012 at 8:44 pm

      Will pass your contact on to the superintendent/principal… Good luck!

  70. Sunshine

    April 30, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    In case you were up for a bit of a tag game: Guess Who Came to Play Tag?
    Have a happy day!:)

    • 3rdCultureChildren

      April 30, 2012 at 11:55 pm

      thanks Sunshine! Funny! :o

      • Sunshine

        May 1, 2012 at 12:27 am

        Hope you have as much fun as Chuckles . . . a bit lazy at times, but once you get him up, he’s a hoot! :)

  71. Fiona Flores Watson

    April 21, 2012 at 8:55 am

    Wow, sounds like you have an amazing life! Thanks for following my blog. I’d love to visit Brazil some day, it sounds beautiful and fascinating. I was in Bolivia 10 years ago and went down a silver mine, which I mentioned in a recent post. You might be interested. It’s great reading about other expat families, to get a glimpse of how they deal with the multi-lingual/cultural issues.

    • 3rdCultureChildren

      April 21, 2012 at 9:44 am

      wOw! I will definitely check your post out.. You know we’re heading to Bolivia, so, very appropriate! Thank you so much for all your input and recommendation! :o

  72. Butterfly Julz

    April 9, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Thanks for visiting my blog =) What an adventure you have here! I am looking forward to reading more from you! Many Blessing to you and your family

    • 3rdCultureChildren

      April 9, 2012 at 7:46 pm

      Thank you very much, for your kind wishes!

  73. pattisj

    March 27, 2012 at 1:18 am

    Thanks for subscribing to my blog. You have a lovely family. We’re not too far away from your previous home. Looking forward to your posts.

    • 3rdCultureChildren

      March 27, 2012 at 6:34 am

      Great! Let’s see what the future’s got for us! :o

  74. autumninbruges

    March 26, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Thanks for liking my last post and following my blog, am gonna check yours too :)

    • 3rdCultureChildren

      March 26, 2012 at 7:30 pm

      Very kind of you! Warm regards from Brazil! :o

  75. Rob Viens

    March 20, 2012 at 2:35 am

    Thanks for your recent “likes” on my Beagle Project blog! As my “travels” are all from a distance, it is wonderful to see your family’s personal experiences (and pictures) from some of the sites Darwin visited. I look forward to following 3rd Culture Children in the future – you have a great site :)

    • 3rdCultureChildren

      March 20, 2012 at 6:45 am

      Thank you very much, Rob… and for me, as a Biologist, was great to find a blog that talks about Darwin’s travels… :o Greetings from Brazil!

  76. Pavitra

    March 16, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Check out my site for details.

    • 3rdCultureChildren

      March 16, 2012 at 3:24 pm

      Thank you ver much, Pavitra! A great pleasure!

  77. doodlecafe

    March 11, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    I have been nominated the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.

    WOW, that came out of the blue.

    Is great to know that my doodles inspire others. I hope I won’t disappoint you.

    The Award comes with these rules:

    1. Thank the person who nominated you

    Thank you Annette for the nomination you were the first blog I started following.

    2. Share 7 things about yourself

    -I am addicted to coffee

    -My favorite cars were made in the 1970’s

    -I am an actor and director, studied photography, video production, graphic design and a little bit of anthropology.

    -I have had 5 pretty serious motorcycle accidents and came out walking and without a scratch.

    -I am from Costa Rica

    -When I hear a song I like, I listen to it when I need inspiration.

    -Orange is my favorite color.

    3. Pass the award to 7 nominees

    So, “tagged” you are it.

    Since I am new at this, you have probably been nominated before, in that event, double the blessing.

    I follow you guys for a reason. Keep up the good work(fun)

    • 3rdCultureChildren

      March 12, 2012 at 7:38 am

      thanks :o

  78. Ted Pavloff

    March 11, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    Thank you for following my blog. Blessings to you and your family.

    • 3rdCultureChildren

      March 12, 2012 at 7:39 am

      Thank you very much, Ted. :o

  79. jwthibideaux

    March 10, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    Thanks for noticing my blog! I loved South America when I was there several years ago. Never made it to Recife though :-( . Peru, Chile, Argentina and Brazil (Rio) only. You’re inspiring me to go back-SOON! What a great adventure!

    • 3rdCultureChildren

      March 10, 2012 at 1:29 pm

      thank you so much for stopping by! Always a pleasure! I’m glad I’ve inspired you to travel back to S. America! Greetings from our beachfront! :o

  80. andyhpmartin

    February 21, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Thanks for checking out my blog. Good luck in La Paz, I was there a few years ago. Bolivia is a real experience. In a 3 week period I climbed a mountain, went down a mine, went to the salt flats and trekked the Amazon. An amazing and undiscovered country!

    • 3rdCultureChildren

      February 21, 2012 at 8:59 am

      WOW! Thanks so much for all this! We’re pretty excited with the move… thanks for the wishes and for sharing your experiences… I do appreciate you following our blog! Suggestions, comments and opinions are always welcome! Take care! :o

  81. andsleonardo

    February 19, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Hey, thank you for liking and subscribing to my blog. I’m pretty sure you do this a lot, but I appreciate it. Especially because I had the chance to find yours. You’ve got nice, fun and interesting stuff here. Congrats! :)

    • 3rdCultureChildren

      February 19, 2012 at 11:49 am

      Not as much as you may think, but it’s good to build a good network! :o Thanks for your nice words! :o

  82. Rosanna

    February 19, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Hi, and thanks for visiting our blog. I’m glad you liked it enough to subscribe! We barely scratched the surface of Brazil and would love to get to Recife one day. When are you heading to Bolivia? We’ll be there sometime in the future.

    • 3rdCultureChildren

      February 19, 2012 at 9:53 am

      Thank you, Rosie! As I stated earlier, I love to search around, looking for interesting blogs, shared experiences as expats, stories of parenting and raising multi-cultural children…. Recife is nice, intense, but interesting – hope you like it. You’re right, Bolivia is our next stop… in a very near future! Thanks for coming by and sharing your thoughts! :o

  83. nelson RN

    February 19, 2012 at 2:13 am

    I’m checking your archives… and I just want to let you know that I am enjoying your site. Keep writing.
    You have a gorgeous family!
    I added you to my blogroll, I hope you don’t mind :)
    Wishing you more blogging power.
    Greetings from Al Ain City, Abu Dhabi.

    • 3rdCultureChildren

      February 19, 2012 at 2:17 am

      Thank you, Nelson! Please feel free to browse around, hope you like what you’re finding over here… Thanks for adding the site to your blogroll! Warm greetings from Recife, Brazil! :o

  84. adollyciousirony

    February 12, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Hello dear, you are loved, congratulations! I nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award, check it out here:
    Enjoy and have fun :)

    • 3rdCultureChildren

      February 12, 2012 at 7:15 pm

      thank you very much, Maria! A great pleasure and an honor! Will make sure to check you “award post” very soon! Greetings from warm Recife, Brazil :o

  85. rommel

    February 9, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Hi, just letting you know that I added you on my blogroll. ;)

    • 3rdCultureChildren

      February 9, 2012 at 4:45 pm

      Thank you very much, Rommel! What a great pleasure… right now, back from yours!!! :o

  86. Stef

    February 6, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Thank you for subscribing to my blog ( – I really appreciate it! :)

    • 3rdCultureChildren

      February 7, 2012 at 7:39 am

      You’re more than welcome, Stef! A great pleasure!

  87. Ana Gaby

    February 1, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Looks like we have lots of things in common. Except for the third baby that we (me) are hesitant about. I look forward to reading more about your adventures and misadventures and would love to compare notes on raising the kids on such a transient and dynamic environment!

    • 3rdCultureChildren

      February 1, 2012 at 9:48 pm

      Thank you very much, Ana Gaby! Thanks for taking the time to come over the blog and share your thoughts… hope I’m able to offer you good and interesting reading! Looking forward to sharing more experiences, as well! :o Warm regards from (currently!) Brazil, Raquel @

  88. Sunshine and Siestas

    February 1, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Glad you happened upon my blog, and that, in turn, lead me to yours! I’ve been considering looking into the foreign service, so it looks like your site will be a good starting point. Could I email you?!

    • 3rdCultureChildren

      February 1, 2012 at 5:31 pm

      glad you liked it… Please feel free to contact me at

  89. FSOMonkey

    February 1, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Oi! Tudo Bem?

    Thanks for checking out our blog!! Even though it’s in its infancy stage, we hope to continually update it with random, yet hopefully, interesting thoughts, emotions, and findings as we make our way through the LENGHTY FSO process. I have to admit, your family is currently living our dream. FS life – in Brazil… how awesome is that?? We recently began learning Portuguese in an attempt to point our future FS career in that direction. Wish us luck!

    Best Regards from NYC!

    Tchau! =)

    • 3rdCultureChildren

      February 1, 2012 at 2:45 pm

      thank you! :o And best of luck!

  90. rommel

    January 28, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    I get so overwhelmed when real photographers leave complimentary comments on my blog. Thank You for your visit. Love the theme of your blog.

    • 3rdCultureChildren

      January 28, 2012 at 11:40 pm

      Ohh my!!! And I’m not even a “real photographer”, but thanks, thanks! It’s just great to know that our work’s being appreciated! :o Warm greetings from Recife, Brazil! :o

  91. shaanthz

    January 28, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    I love your blog, pictures, and everything….keep posting those amazing pictures so I can see Brazil through your eyes! Your kids are adorable…

    • 3rdCultureChildren

      January 28, 2012 at 9:25 pm

      thank you very much for your kind words.. Thanks for subscribing to the blog, as well… You’re actually the 200th follower, from… What a pleasure and an honor! I promise to keep posting! Warm regards from sunny Recife,Pernambuco, Brazil!

  92. diaryofanexpatwife

    January 26, 2012 at 7:12 am

    Thanks a lot for visiting my blog that gave me the chance to see the great content here! Absolutely will follow your posts! Cheers!

    • 3rdCultureChildren

      January 26, 2012 at 9:51 am

      It’s great to know that people are appreciating our way of sharing our experiences… Thanks for checking them out! :o

  93. M & J

    January 26, 2012 at 5:36 am

    Hi there! Thanks for stopping by my blog – I find yours to be full of tidbits from many angles, I will enjoy sifting through your stories now & then when I stop by. Of course, as a fellow mom of 3, you must know how time for reading can be rare. We have friends from Brazil & a few that have gone there, one in Campinos? I believe… but we have not had the pleasure ourselves. :) I hope you’ll stop by & read more of our adventures as time allows you. Have a wonderful New Year & happy planning/packing for your upcoming move! -Joy

    • 3rdCultureChildren

      January 26, 2012 at 9:50 am

      Thank you very much for your kind words – they come full of joy! :o
      Warm regards from Recife, Brazil

  94. Marilyn

    January 25, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Great to take a look at your blog through another blog where we were both featured! I’m a TCK and raised TCK’s in Cairo and Islamabad, Pakistan until we came to the U.S. The identity piece is a huge one and one I never grow tired of contemplating. I wish I had the medium of blogging while raising my kids overseas as there is something about that process that is tremendously cathartic. I look forward to reading more! here are a couple posts that may resonate:

    • 3rdCultureChildren

      January 25, 2012 at 2:21 pm

      Marilyn, thank you so much for taking the time to come by, and leave your impressions, sharing experiences! I’ll make sure I check your blogposts! Let’s definitely be in touch – it’s great to have a TCK parent to learn from! Warm regards, Raquel.

  95. Brooks White

    January 23, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Saw your comment on another blog and so I opened yours. Web addresses may be useful for my son somewhere down the road as he is a freshman at George Washington U studying international affairs/national security and beginning Portuguese. He would have died to be your kid and to learn football (soccer) in Brazil, as he was All NYC. I will try to keep up with your adventures-sounds fun (although lots of little kids is work no matter where you are).

    • 3rdCultureChildren

      January 23, 2012 at 2:13 pm

      Thank you very much, Brooke, for stopping by and checking the blog and its posts… Small coincidence, my husband went to GWU for his grad studies, International Affairs (Elliot School), and he’s very glad he did it. He was able to find an internship with State while at GW, and made great friends and good connections… Good luck and much success to your son. Please let me know if we could be of any help/assistance, as you mentioned, “down the road”… :o
      Regards, The Miranda Family.

  96. anagabrielamonzon1112

    January 13, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    I have learned so much about Recife from your blog, thank you so much for this great piece of work! I can’t wait to get there!!!!! Your life sounds and looks amazing, God bless you and your sweet family :) Let’s keep in touch!

    • 3rdCultureChildren

      January 13, 2012 at 8:25 pm

      It’s definitely a work of love! let’s absolutely try to be in touch! I’d be happy to share our experiences and stories! Thanks for stopping by the blog- always a pleasure to get good readers! :o

  97. elbawrites

    January 12, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    How fun. Thanks for following my blog I am intrigued about your work and your pictures are wonderful. I look forward to following you and reading more about your life in your current home.

    • 3rdCultureChildren

      January 12, 2012 at 2:43 pm

      Thank you very much, Elba. i promise I’ll try not to disappoint you… :o Always new & interesting takes throughout our travels… :o Thanks for stopping by!

  98. Tisha Clinkenbeard

    January 12, 2012 at 10:58 am

    I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award in my post yesterday ( because I like hearing about your adventures!

    • 3rdCultureChildren

      January 12, 2012 at 11:00 am

      Thank you so much, Tisha! A great pleasure and an honor! :o

  99. The World for a Country

    January 9, 2012 at 6:56 am

    Thank you for following my blog The Verdant Grave and liking the latest post! I subscribed to your blog feed to stay in touch. Wonderful insights and joyful moments captured with a splendid photographer’s eye! Thank You!

    • 3rdCultureChildren

      January 9, 2012 at 7:15 am

      Thank you for taking the time to come by, and subscribing, as well! :o I love searching for intriguing bloggers/photographers, and really liked your blog. Thanks for sharing! Have a wonderful year of 2012! :o Greetings from (currently) Brazil.

  100. Lauree Fletcher

    January 6, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Raquel, everything about your blog reflects a heart that rejoices and takes life in with great gusto! The pictures of your kids, you and your husband, and your family adventures are filled with joy and color and remind me of days gone by (when mine were little and life was crazy busy and filled to the brim with the demands little ones put on us as moms). Just a couple of weeks ago my fifth child entered the world of adulthood (by age anyway) with the last one close on his heels, trust me when I say it comes like the blink of an eye. It is good to see that you are enjoying this time, making the most of the present moment!
    Thank you for taking the time to stop by This Perfect World and follow the blog. I hope you find something that refreshes your soul and adds to your joy and love of life!

    • 3rd Culture Children

      January 6, 2012 at 10:36 pm

      Thank you, Lauree, for your sweet words, your recommendations, the advice.. Right now, I feel very overwhelmed with the 3 kids, but several people have told me the same thing: to enjoy while they’re little, because it’ll pass… And, I’m trying, with little sleep, but trying.. :o
      I’m sure I’ll find great inspiration from your posts… Thank you for coming by and commenting! Greetings and my best wishes for a peaceful and blessed New Year!

  101. Huffygirl

    January 1, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    What a fun adventure – something your family will always remember and will shape who all of you are.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and subscribing. I hope you enjoy it, and I look forward to seeing your comments and suggestions.

    • 3rd Culture Children

      January 1, 2012 at 6:31 pm

      Thank you very much. Wising you a great year, as well! Cheers!

  102. kdevries

    December 30, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    I’m glad to have found your blog. It’s been fun reading through your posts. My husband and I both lived overseas (Australia and the Phillippines), and hope to someday live outside the U.S. with our two boys. It’s fun to hear about someone who’s already doing that.

    • 3rd Culture Children

      December 30, 2011 at 6:27 pm

      thank you so much for coming by! Love the name of your blog! Living overseas is definitely a rich experience, especially for the children, but it comes with its challenges – as well as, its lessons, teachings, discoveries… Hope you’ll relate to the impressions shared here. Wishes for a happy and peaceful New Year! Greetings from Brazil!

  103. Sunshine

    December 29, 2011 at 4:12 am

    Thank you so much Household Queen for the gift and I’m so looking forward to all the excitement you got going on here. All the best and oodles of blessings in the new year and I’m now going on a mini tour of your place. :) Thanks again!

    • 3rd Culture Children

      December 29, 2011 at 8:04 am

      Oh… Thank you so much for your nice words! Definitely a pleasure to get positive feedback from other readers/travelers/parents… It makes the blogging experience way more interesting, and the journey of life, easier! :o Greetings and wishes for a blessed and peaceful New Year! :o

  104. Maya Guesthouse Project

    December 18, 2011 at 10:34 am

    Thank you for your interest in our straw bale hotel.

    We will work hard to make it a little bijoux.

    Greetings from Switzerland


    • 3rd Culture Children

      December 15, 2011 at 10:09 pm

      Thank you for the nomination, Cee! :o

  105. amira

    December 12, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    I’m giving you the Versatile Blogger Award – because you totally deserve it :)
    Follow the link

    • 3rd Culture Children

      December 12, 2011 at 5:06 pm

      Thank you so much, Amira! Another great honor… This past week, got featured by the Social Moms network… now, the versatile blogger award! So cool… let me just go grab the badge and “show it on my blog”… :o

  106. Amy

    November 19, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    Great blog! Love your attitude toward life ~ I am signing on as a follower and look forward to seeing more of your posts. :)

    • 3rd Culture Children

      November 20, 2011 at 3:10 am

      Thank you, Amy! At the end, I’m just a mom, releasing her thoughts about life! thanks for stopping by and for subscribing! :o

  107. katerinazisiadou

    November 18, 2011 at 7:08 am

    Thank you for visiting my blog and subscribing. And also thank you for leaving a message! Unfortunately I had to take it away, even though I loved your compliment!
    I’m really sorry about that, it’s not personal: the post you commented on was my impulsive reaction to the passing of a relative and friend and I feel I have to respect the feelings of the ones close to him. Maybe I should take the whole post away…
    You have an amazing blog and an intriguing life! As of now I’m following you too!

    • 3rd Culture Children

      November 18, 2011 at 8:27 am

      I’m very sorry… I just liked the photograph – it intrigued me… Please take the comment away, and if you want, you can still have your post, and make it private (just to yourself, and family, if wanted – there’s an option to do that with wordpress)… I totally understand, and have impulsive reactions, as well… Stay in peace, Raquel

  108. Patti

    November 15, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    Glad you stopped by my blog and introduced yourself – I look forward to following your family adventure.

    • 3rd Culture Children

      November 15, 2011 at 9:51 pm

      Thank you, Patti! ;o

  109. Eva the Dragon

    October 29, 2011 at 10:37 am

    Very nice blog. Love the pics. I am glad to see other people sharing the great things about the world. I think it helps build positive human connections and offsets the bad news. Nice to meet someone of the same mind. Keep writing and posting.

    • 3rd Culture Children

      October 29, 2011 at 10:53 am

      Thank you, Eva, for you kind words… I will keep writing – you’re right, in the middle of this madness we call life, it’s to be able to come back to some sort of “safe haven”, which for, is writing…

  110. aRVee

    October 14, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    Looks like you moved a lot. Must be something to do with work. Anyways, it’s very cool but the adjustments could be tough but I’m sure you managed it well…

    • 3rdcultchild

      October 14, 2011 at 11:08 pm

      we sure do! that’s our life… and our journey… and we love it! :o

  111. aRVee

    October 14, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    beautiful children…

  112. Cherise & Charles

    June 2, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    We miss you & think about you often! Love your blog … you are a fantastic writer. Hugs from C&C

    • 3rdculturechildren

      June 2, 2011 at 4:41 pm

      Ohhh Cherise!!! Good to hear from you guys!!! Will soon be back! Thanks for the kind words… we miss you too! We´re always trying to update it here, with pics from the kids, and/or new stories about the fam…. Hugs from Recife….

  113. Cathy Clarence

    March 26, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    This is great, Raquel. So nice to see photos of you and your family and congratulations on your new baby girl! Beijinhos!!! Cathy, Jan, Sam and Dylan.

    • 3rd Culture Children

      July 20, 2011 at 11:01 pm

      thank you Cathy! Lots of luck for you and your beautiful family! “Miss the rain down in Africa…” We sure do! Miss Maputo. Hugs from Recife, Raquel

  114. Melissa van Herksen

    March 19, 2011 at 5:09 am

    wow, what an amazing blog. Raquel, I didn’t know you were such a good writer. The kids are too cute but they are growing up too fast. love and miss you. Melissa, JJ, Luka & Sam.

    • 3rd Culture Children

      July 18, 2011 at 9:52 pm

      Thanks, Melissa!!! Had no idea you liked it! I appreciate that… maybe… following your footsteps??? Take care and send our love to all your boys!

  115. 3rdCultureChildren

    February 16, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    thanks, but not interested… :o


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