About Wendy

Who am I? Well I’d like to tell you that I’m an adventure traveler, that I base jump from skyscrapers and cavort with sharks. Or maybe I’d like you to believe that I am SuperMom, homeschooling my children in three different languages while weaving their clothing from organically grown fair-trade hemp fibers. Or I could be the recovering heroin addict on a journey of self-discovery and soul searching baring my pain for the world to see. CIMG4089

But I’m not. I’m not any of those people. I’m just me. A 35 year old married woman with two sons who happens to enjoy books, good food, eclectic music, travel and living abroad. I’m no different than most of you but I am a little different than many travel bloggers. I’m not a 20-something backpacker. Bars and nightclubs are not the highlights of my trips. And though I live in a South American country, I’ve never been a Peace Corp. volunteer.

So, what do I have to offer? I love being an ex-pat and the opportunities it affords our family, so you’ll read about those. I enjoy visiting little known places and experiencing discovery without relying heavily on a guidebook, so I’ll be sharing those places and journeys with you as well. My sons (Justin-11 and Jesse-9) are homeschooled, though only in one language, and you’ll get what works and what doesn’t with limited resources and time spent on the road. I also have a deep concern for what’s being done to our planet and though I’ve never chained myself to a tree or joined Greenpeace, there’s a good chance you’ll hear about some environmental atrocities and about those who are creating change.

I believe you’ll come to know me better through the posts on this blog and please let me know if there are any specific topics that you would like me to cover.

~ Wendy

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5 thoughts on “About Wendy”

  1. Hi Wendy – just found your blog and like what you’re doing with it (and it’s nice clean format). I’m a new expat myself just beginning to blog so I’m enjoying seeing what other expats are doing.
    Best regards,
    Manya

  2. Hello Wendy. I’m enjoying reading your missives. My wife and I have started thinking about living the ex-pat life upon retirement. I’m about eight years out. But if I could manage, I’d like to transition sooner. We’ve traveled a bit into and I’ve done quite a few humanitarian trips into Mexico. So I have a feel for life beyond the border.

    This may seem like a weird question given such a heavily Roman Catholic society, but how might a protestant fare in a Latin culture? One of the big facets of our lives together has been fellowship within our congregation. As we have moved about the midwest, finding a local Lutheran congregation has been our typical first step in matriculating into somewhere new. And quite frankly, about the only thing holding me back from moving is losing the emotional support I find being around other like minded Christians. In your travels, have you found any areas where you think it might be easier to find that commonality?

    Any thoughts you care to share, I’m all ears.

    Eric

    1. Hi Eric,
      My observation is that you’ll find more non-Catholic churches in areas with a sizable expat population or in bigger cities. In the cities most of the churches will probably be Spanish-speaking, but if you don’t already speak Spanish attending a local church will likely help your language skills considerably. Otherwise I tend to see small non-denomination type churches among expats as well as a few specific denominations like Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses.

  3. We took our kids to a small village in France when they were 10 and 12 years old–over twenty years ago now–and they’re still praising us for it.

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