Highlights of 2011: Blogging one day at a time… Thank you for reading!

30 Dec

A big THANK YOU to all the visitors & readers! 2012 will be here before we know it! That’s also my perception regarding this family/travel photoblog – before I could really understand the true nature behind blogging, I was completely immersed into it – and totally in love with this incredible journey! I’m passionate about sharing our travel pictures, telling stories, discussing our challenges and the discoveries we’re making along the way – people and places.

The New Year is coming!

Nominated by a couple of bloggers.Thank you(s) to come! 😮

I initially began this blog to share my impressions, observations and along-the-road experiences with our families and friends, and later, with other expats experiencing similar challenges/adventures. So, the blog morphed into more than just a quasi-travel and photo journal. I liked the idea of organizing not only our travel notes, but also providing resources for other parents, and encouraging an exchange of ideas through comments, questions and suggestions from viewers. The name for the blog came from the term itself: “3rd Culture Children” (TCKs, more information here) are children whose parents come from distinct cultures, and grow up under a hybrid environment, experiencing diverse cultural growth.

“The result of this transcontinental growth can never be taught or learned or fully understood by anyone who hasn’t actually experienced it. The developing child takes the culture of their parent’s passport country, or their first culture, to a foreign land. The child (and later on, the adult) adopts the qualities of the Second Culture into their preexisting First Culture, creating a unique cultural perspective known as the Third Culture”.

Blog of the Week, Dec 2011.

As an expat who is now raising 3 children, all aged 6 and under, the titled fit naturally!  I’m so pleased to share with other expatriates, parents, and traveling families, the beauty and excitement of traveling, exploring nature (I’m a biologist!), languages (we’ve got Spanish, Portuguese and English in our household!), social/cultural adjustments, and our not-so-professional advice as “parents-on-the-go“ – imagine hauling this family of 5 around, raising multi-language TCKs, and keeping the passion for photography and story-telling?!

This is our intense life, and we’re lucky to have a very supportive environment, with good friends, family and exciting new places to visit and discover!

Thank you, ClaudiaJohnson, for the nomination!

Thank you for the double nomination!

Getting positive feedback from other families in the Foreign Service. was definitely a breakthrough. After blogging for a little less than four months, saw one of my posts, about Brazilian Folklore and the integration of expatriate children, featured by WordPress. Features also included picks made by EcopressedPopPressed and The Social Moms network. For a working mom, juggling with the work-life balance, in charge of anything from grocery shopping to planning trips, I’m honored.

the greatest partner...

I’m ending this first ‘blogging year’ bordering 250 posts, with almost 130 followers and over 180 curious tweeters – and yet, blogging remains very fun, intriguing, exciting and challenging – thanks to the ongoing inspiration from PostaDay2011 & PostaWeek2011. Proof to that, is the passion brought by the Weekly Photo Challenges – what a ride!


Still need to thank all the fantastic readers & bloggers for all this year’s nominations! I promise it’ll get done – first thing in 2012!

Now, leaving 2011 with a smile… If I had to define my favorite part of blogging I’d say it’s the ability to convert ideas, impressions and images into stories, shared advice, resources to other parents/families/travelers. The excitement of spotting a routine event and transforming it into a surprisingly positive post. I’m a traveler, a researcher, an author, a mom. With an endless desire to learn, discover and share… Happy New Year to all of us, and a very successful 2012 – “keeping us posted“! 😮

Related post: Daily Post WordPress

Another fellow blogger, coming to join our post in Brazil!



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21 responses to “Highlights of 2011: Blogging one day at a time… Thank you for reading!

  1. thirdeyemom

    January 17, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    Wow your blog looks really cool! I saw you subscribed to mine and went to check yours out….I can’t wait to read your posts!


    • 3rdCultureChildren

      January 18, 2012 at 7:15 am

      Thank you! 😮


  2. Inside the Mind of Isadora

    January 17, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Congrats and forge on during 2012 …


    • 3rdCultureChildren

      January 17, 2012 at 9:34 pm

      Thank you! Wishing you a happy and successful 2012!


  3. Jude

    January 12, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Thanks so much for enjoying my blog enough to follow it. You have some lovely pictures here. I love the Horizontal Tree. Good luck with your writing and your photography this year!


    • 3rdCultureChildren

      January 12, 2012 at 9:02 am

      Thank you very much, Jude! It’s a pleasure to follow you1 Love finding and sharing experiences from other travelers/photographers! Havea great year of 2012! Greetings from


  4. starbear

    January 8, 2012 at 11:33 am

    I tried to find your blog the other day through gravatar and you had disappeared! Thank you for visiting and liking… will visit more often, now that I’ve found you! 🙂


    • 3rdCultureChildren

      January 8, 2012 at 4:51 pm

      Oh, thank you so much for taking the time to come by! I liked your blog a lot, and you’ve been blogging for a while, which is wonderful! Also, the images are beautiful! Regarding the bra agar issues, have no idea what might have happened, hopefully, things are better now… 😮
      Greetings fro Brazil!


  5. Rois

    December 31, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    Happy New Year! Wish you even more succesfull 2012! 🙂


    • 3rd Culture Children

      January 1, 2012 at 12:38 am

      Thank you very much, same to you! 😮


  6. Northern Narratives

    December 31, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Happy 2012 🙂


    • 3rd Culture Children

      December 31, 2011 at 6:29 pm

      Same to you! 😮


  7. Chris Alice Donner

    December 31, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    Loved your calendar cartoon. I had a very serious nine year old explain to me that the world was coming to an end in 2012 because the calendar company didn’t want to make calendars any more. In her mind that made sense.


    • 3rd Culture Children

      December 31, 2011 at 4:46 pm

      It is just funny.. I loved the cartoon, as well. Left the credits there – unfortunately, not my original idea, but I felt like sharing the author’s drawing… a funny and careless take on the “end of the world” idea… 😮 Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting! Have a great New Year of 2012! 😮


  8. amira

    December 31, 2011 at 6:13 am

    wish you another successful year.
    keep up the great work 🙂


    • 3rd Culture Children

      December 31, 2011 at 8:02 am

      Thank you, Amira! And thank you for reading! Hope 2012 brings us great life inspiration! 😮


  9. dadirri7

    December 31, 2011 at 4:21 am

    you do it all so well, a pleasure to read and so much to learn … your awards are truly deserved! hope you continue in 2012, as i will, having enjoyed the blogging experience much more than i imagined! Happy New Year!


    • 3rd Culture Children

      December 31, 2011 at 8:04 am

      Thank you very much, dadirri7! I’m glad I found interested readers – and I’m even more passionate about writing! Wishes for a peaceful and successful year of 2012! 😮



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