Random thoughts on my life as a ‘rolling stone’…

08 Jul


Here is the question:

If you could live a nomadic life, would you? Where would you go? How would you decide? What would life be like without a “home base”?”

And here, the tentative answer:

Oh, well, I guess I already live a ‘nomadic life’…  Early this year I tried to ‘map it out’, describing the different places I’ve lived, as a growing child in Brazil, due to my parents work duties; later, as a researcher, and finally, as a spouse “married into the Foreign Service“, raising our three third-culture children, in a much similar nomadic way I’d been brought up!

I fell like this ‘circle’  will never end… and… why should it? 😮

A couple years back when I began blogging, I decided to name this blog, representing/expressing what my [now 3] kids are: the product of their mom’s and dad’s hybrid/joined cultures. Moving is part of our lives, and was part of mine, way before meeting the so-called ‘better-half’.

I could define myself as a ‘serial expat’, but in a very positive way. The idea of being a ‘rolling stone’ always attracted me, and I was lucky enough to find a match who shared the same ‘itch’… we can’t stay put for long! 😮

And the best part: we’re not alone in this type of lifestyle. Recently, the movie Argo brought out  a side of the Foreign Service that only few knew about – and it made us happy. It has made us proud. We’re proud to be ‘that type of nomads‘…

There are so many bloggers sharing their life stories, experiences, travels and joys about the foreign service! They talk about learning new languages, new cultures, adapting/adjusting… moving, and re-adapting… Some time ago, I wrote about an intriguing reality: “moving is the third most stressful life event“… for real! 😮

Again, the circle does not end… why should it? We embrace the nomadic life… and welcome the changes!

Thanks for the inspiration! ♥


Posted by on July 8, 2013 in foreign service, TCKs, TRAVEL


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12 responses to “Random thoughts on my life as a ‘rolling stone’…

  1. rglw

    July 9, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    I give you so much credit–we can barely take our kids on vacation let alone to another continent…to live there. I know the hardest part is simply picking them up and moving them–and they’re small now so they don’t take up much space. In the meantime, I’ll keep reading your posts for tips to get out of our travel with kids rut.


    • 3rdCultureChildren

      July 9, 2013 at 7:55 pm

      Thank you!!! My kids were small [actually we started with a single baby, 11 months old] when we moved from Wash, DC to Maputo, Mozambique. After that, another kid came along… and after that… another one… for every new country, a new kid… 😮 Now we’re happily ‘done’ with 3 kiddos… Thanks for your words of support! hope you find some interesting ‘reading material’ [from my crazy-random-thoughts about life!] here… Take care, Raquel.


  2. Michelle Ross

    July 9, 2013 at 8:41 am

    We went abroad (Peace Corps) and then tried to return to “normal” life and just couldn’t do it. It wasn’t long before we were itching to go again, hence, the Foreign Service. It gets in your blood!!


    • 3rdCultureChildren

      July 9, 2013 at 10:57 am

      It absolutely does! I’m sure you know the high number of former PCV that end up converting to the FS, or joining agencies like USAID, or NGOs working on international help/aid! 😮 Thanks for taking the time, Michelle, to stop and share your impressions – much appreciated!


  3. Kate Lester

    July 9, 2013 at 8:06 am

    I don’t know if I could constantly be on the move like you. I like my nest too much. (Not that I haven’t moved over 20 times.) But if we don’t get out and see what the world looks like from different vantage points, we cannot appreciate the differences and yes, similarities in people. Seems to me the people who never wander more than a few miles from their hometown have the strongest, most intransigent opinions about everything.
    I enjoy reading your posts.


    • 3rdCultureChildren

      July 9, 2013 at 10:55 am

      I’m really glad you enjoy the posts. I speak for myself, and so far, we’ve enjoyed the ‘ intriguing’ lifestyle we led… but I also try to understand the opposite opinions – the unknow may be scary to many, and challenges are not for everyone. Up to now, I’m satifistied with the perspective my kids have about life – hopefully, it won’t change! 😮 Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Kate!


  4. Lucid Gypsy

    July 8, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    I think I would love a nomadic life!


  5. spartacus2030

    July 8, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    You’re in good company. Christ was nomadic… I have a nomadic friend and that wandering spirit rubs off on me… Personally, I feel it’s conducive to a fuller and longer life.


    • 3rdCultureChildren

      July 8, 2013 at 6:28 pm

      Thank you for your kind words of support… not an easy life, bur for sure, a pretty interesting one! Thanks for stopping by and commenting – much appreciated! 😮



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