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About expatmama

Karla Oselka Walsworth is a freelance writer/blogger, born and raised in the great state of Michigan. She has lived abroad twice, most recently in London, and keeps a blog on Expat living and traveling with children, www.expatmama.wordpress.com. Living in the last five years in four different cities, her writings tend to focus on challenges of moving/living with children while exposing them to all this planet has to offer. Karla, who has her MBA from the University of Illinois, and is also a certified 200 hour yoga instructor, has settled (for this moment) in the Midwest. As a recovering accountant and budding writer, she is actively raising two children with her husband Eric, hoping to give them as global a perspective as one can, at ages 10 and 13.

The Pacific Northwest

When I say the name Pacific Northwest, one word comes to mind – OUTDOORS.  I’ve always thought – and here comes a generalization – as though people who live there spend on average a much larger portion of their day … Continue reading

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Home, or on Vacation?

After spending almost two years living as expats in London, my family and I have settled back into U.S. life, adjusted to new pre-schools, culture and it has been interesting watching my daughter.  We left when she was just age … Continue reading

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An Education

So our short time in London has come to an end.  I can hardly believe 18 months has gone by.  While living abroad, I’ve learned about myself, others, nations, culture.  I’ve seen the pyramids in Egypt, the hills of Ireland, … Continue reading

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London Transport Museum

We happened upon the London Transport Museum one sunny afternoon in search of air conditioning.  What we found was so much more: loads of history on all forms of transportation, in a compact museum nestled among Covent Garden’s outdoor cafes, … Continue reading

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Please, Let Me Give You Money!

OK, dear Husband, I got your attention, didn’t I? Another frustrating shopping experience in England!  I arrived at the department store make-up counter at 10:15; the store had opened at 9:30.  After asking several clerks (standing around doing absolutely nothing) … Continue reading

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Ahh…America

Living in London has definitely been a good exercise in learning what we can live without.  In such a large city of 7 million people, everyone is quite literally living on top of one another, and we have gotten a … Continue reading

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The English Riviera

This part of England is called the “English Riviera” and I am learning why.  Its coasts are just magnificent!  After a relaxing morning and a swim, we decide to battle the car again.  Now you may think we’re nuts, and … Continue reading

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Getting There is Half the Fun

Getting from Plymouth to Falmouth proved challenging.  What should have taken an hour or so by car turned into a 3 ½ hour trek, complete with screaming baby, flat tire, and a sick three year old. So since my baby … Continue reading

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Pilgrimage

Our next stop was Plymouth, by way of Torquay, as we wanted to take the “scenic route.”  The scenic route though picturesque, didn’t prove to be the best move with children, which we learned the hard way…more on this later. … Continue reading

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Half Term Break

“Half Term” is the English version of Spring Break, but each of the three school terms has one.  So for this term, my daughter’s Half Term was spent vacationing in Devon and Cornwall, the two most southwest counties in England. … Continue reading

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