All posts filed under: New York

Style Evolution

Our sense of style changes over time. We develop it as we get older. Life events like parenthood (human or animal kids), job changes, and such affect it. And in the case of the expat, moving to a new place also changes it. Maybe it’s a different culture or climate. Maybe it’s both. For me, for the most part, my style is the same. But I’ve noticed some changes: I’m still mostly wearing black and gray and otherwise monochrome. But, I have some splashes of color and some pieces from kitenge and kikoy fabrics. I’m wearing heels less often unless they’re wedges. I still break them out for a night out…but it depends on where we’re going. Cobblestone, gravel, lawns, and uneven sidewalk are not friends to heels. Layering, while always needed in NY, is now an absolute must. The temperature severely drops when the sun goes down. Because I’m no longer going into an office, I need and have fewer dressy everyday clothes. I’m more casual and…well…even doing a bit of athleisure. Actually, let …

VOTE!!!

If you read my blog, then you know my political leanings. You also know that I am terrified for my country. So much hinges on what happens this November. Please – VOTE! Overseas? You can still vote. Get out there and do it. Mail it in. Not sure how to vote? Get the information you need here. NY State has two ballots. One is for federal, which I’ve sent in. The other is for the state election, will I will send in as soon as I get it. Every vote counts, especially now. Let’s all of us, Americans all over the world, work together to get the GOP-misogynists-racists out of the House and Senate!  

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Home Leave

We spent much of August in the U.S. I’ll be honest, the trip was a mixed bag. I’ll start at the beginning. While still on the plane at JFK, we tried to use the Mobile Pass app. At first, we thought it didn’t work because it seemed to not go through. We got an error that our pass couldn’t be generated at that time. Actually the app did work, but I’ll get to that a little later. We got off the plane and then headed to immigration, where we scanned our passports. Both J. and I had a giant X printed on our resulting tickets. We were then shoved into a special line. No one would tell us what the X meant. No one would tell us about the line. In fact, the immigration people yelled at us. So, we stopped asking. There we were, standing in an incredibly slow moving line. We talked to our fellow line people. All of us had been flagged. We each had a ticket with either an X or …

Driver’s License for Expats in Kenya

I did say I’d keep posting any new tips. Here are some relating to driver’s licenses. Getting a License Okay, here, I can’t help much. The U.N. did it for us. I don’t know the process if you are not with the U.N. or an embassy. If anyone reading knows this information, please feel free to add it in via the comments section. Renewing a Kenyan License This part I know and it’s super easy. For anyone who is a resident and has an Alien ID card, you can just go online to eCitizen web site and renew it online. You fill out the form online, pay online, and print your renewal slip which you tuck into your license. However, if you have diplomatic status (e.g. are with an embassy or the U.N.) then you can’t do this. You won’t have an Alien ID card. Your license will need to go through the Foreign Ministry first. BUT…and this made my entire year…you don’t have to go through the ssslllloooooooow process at the U.N. or at …

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Working While Abroad

I’m still taking a bit of a break from work. During this time I’m thinking about how I work and would like to work. One aspect of work that keeps coming to mind is that I am very lucky that my career is portable. I can work anywhere with an internet connection, which is easy in Nairobi. Because of this, I don’t have to give put my career on hold due to geography. There are people who think that you have to be in the city that your main office is in to have a successful career. This is not the case for many professions, certainly not the case for a user experience designer. I’ve worked successfully with teams spread out all over the world, even before moving to Nairobi. I wrote about this is a recent piece on Medium and shared the tactics that worked for me. If you’re interested, you can read the article. If you have experience in this, please feel free to leave a comment. I would love to hear how other people …