About us

Hello!

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! 😮

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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  2. Hi! We have recently launch an app that describes all National Park of Latin America, and we are adding images of each park. In this particulary case we find that the best pictures of Cotapata Park are here. So we want to ask you if we can use them to show the Park and of course naming you as the real author of those pictures. The app is totally free so we are not using them for commercial purpose. If you want to see more, you can find us in https://www.facebook.com/latinoamericasalvajeapp/

    Thanks!!

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    1. Thank you for reaching out! I’m glad you’ve enjoyed the photo shots, and appreciate you linking to the blog. Also, please credit the photographer, Raquel Miranda. Always appreciated! Once you’ve posted, send us the FB link so we may also share on our Page. Thank you!

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  3. What a fabulous way to document and share your experiences! I love to travel and even when I can’t physically go somewhere, it’s fun to travel vicariously through someone else. Thanks for the joyride!

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  4. I’m delighted I came across your site and was wondering if you or any of your readers can give me some advice about recruitment in Bolivia. I’m working for a company that is looking to expand into La Paz and was wondering if anyone had any advice on the best places to advertise locally. We are looking for English speaking business managers so any advice would be greatly appreciated. We’ve advertised on Linkedin and Monster.com but haven’t had much luck attracting the right applicants.

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  5. Hi! Do you have an instagram account? I have a south american themed account and I would love to feature one of your photos and give you credit!

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  6. Dear 3rd Culture Children,

    My name is Joyce and I work for ExpatFinder.com.
    ExpatFinder.com is a free one stop website for people preparing to move or working and living overseas. We provide a myriad of services for expatriates and we have over 2,000 articles to help and support the people moving around the world and we are now creating an interview section to help the expats with real life experiences!
    We quite enjoy your blog about living in Bolívia, it is very interesting and informative. Would it be possible to interview you to further share some of your tips and feature some of your first hand experience as an Expat and your interview will be published on our Expat Interview section as a guide for our expat readers. The questions are mainly about the day to day lifestyle of an expat. If it would be possible, could you also send some photographs that we can use?
    Of course, if you accept, we can add a link to your blog or some of your website.
    The questions are enclosed, feel free to respond freely. You can return the doc with your answers if you accept this invitation.
    Thanks in advance and do let me know if you prefer other means to conduct this interview and we would be happy to accommodate your terms.

    Best regards,
    Joyce

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  7. I came across your website and I saw that we both share similar goals of encouraging others to embrace their identity and educating people about the world. Love your writing as a TCK myself. I produce similar content about third culture kids and one of these types of content is a podcast I recently launched here at http://bit.ly/1vmD3Fu I wanted to know if you’ll be willing to take a look at it and tell me what you think.

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  8. 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 😉

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  9. 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: http://www.pachamamafilm.com

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  10. Hello,
    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!

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  11. 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.

    If you would like to learn more about our programs, please visit http://www.idsalliance.com/for-families/insight-offsite/

    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!

    Sincerely,

    Richard

    Richard P. Fleitas, Psy.D.
    Licensed Clinical Psychologist
    International Diagnostic Solutions

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  12. 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.

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  13. 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.

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  14. 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

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  15. 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’ (http://toraveabout.com) which is just BBT at a new address.
    Hoping to see you there. Thanks!

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  16. 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?

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    1. 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… 😮 We’ve been quite fortunate, I’d say!

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  17. 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

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  18. Hi,

    Healthline is interested in contributing a guest post to 3rdculturechildren.com/tag/travel-blog. We would be open to contributing any blog that would be of interest to your readers. Healthline bloggers have been featured on a variety of sites including:

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    Patch.com: http://strongsville.patch.com/blog_posts/where-and-what-to-eat-in-cleveland-to-beat-the-winter-blues

    Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you in advance for your consideration.

    Warm Regards,
    Tracy

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  19. 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

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  20. 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”.

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  21. 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.

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  22. 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 http://wp.me/p1w5ra-H8. All the best!

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    1. 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!

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  23. 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!

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  24. 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.

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  25. 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.

    Cheers
    Eva

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  26. 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!

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  27. 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.
    🙂

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  28. 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 http://wp.me/p2jC53-IB and see if you want to participate. The purpose is just to appreciate others. 🙂

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  29. 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
    Dee

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  30. 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. 🙂

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    1. 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!

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  31. 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!

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  32. 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!

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  33. Hi guys,

    I found your blog on Expat Blog where my wife and I also list our expat blog, http://theviewdownunder.blogspot.com.

    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 (http://GoodMigrationsHelps.com) 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,

    Adam

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      1. 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!

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  34. 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.)

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  35. 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 crisgibson@gmail.com
    Best regards and at last but not at least ..
    Uma beijoca para voce !

    Cristiane Gibson

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  36. 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. http://scribblerinseville.com/2012/03/25/7-super-shots/ 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.

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  37. 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 🙂

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

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  38. 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.

    http://shambolicliving.wordpress.com/

    https://3rdculturechildren.com/

    http://theideasofastudent.com

    http://ohdaphnepaints.wordpress.com

    http://hopestatestyle.wordpress.com/

    http://implicado.wordpress.com

    http://ayearinmyshoes.wordpress.com

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

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  39. 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!

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    1. 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! 😮

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  40. 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!

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    1. 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! 😮

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  41. 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! 🙂

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  42. 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.
    Rosie

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    1. 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! 😮

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  43. 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.

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    1. 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! 😮

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    1. 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 😮

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  44. 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!

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    1. 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! 😮 Warm regards from (currently!) Brazil, Raquel @ http://3rdculturechildren.com

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  45. 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! =)

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    1. 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! 😮 Warm greetings from Recife, Brazil! 😮

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

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

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  46. 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

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  47. 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:
    http://communicatingacrossboundariesblog.com/2011/08/05/designed-for-travel/
    http://communicatingacrossboundariesblog.com/2011/01/18/paralysis-in-the-cereal-aisle/

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    1. 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.

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  48. 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).

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    1. 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”… 😮
      Regards, The Miranda Family.

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  49. 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!

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    1. 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! 😮

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  50. How fun. Thanks for following my blog thesurfacebeneath.wordpress.com. 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.

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

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

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  51. 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!
    Blessings!
    Lauree

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    1. 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.. 😮
      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!
      Cheers,
      Raquel

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  52. 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.
    Huffygirl

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  53. 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.

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    1. 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!

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  54. 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!

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    1. 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! 😮 Greetings and wishes for a blessed and peaceful New Year! 😮

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    1. 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”… 😮

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

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  55. 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!

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    1. 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

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  56. 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.

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    1. 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…

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    1. 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….

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  57. 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.

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