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  • Book Review: “The Art of Possibilities” - Expatriate Archive Centre - A Home For Expat Life Stories
    the surface This newly acquired awareness will then give the readers the possibility to take their life into their hands and get the most out of it The Art of Possibilities is a brilliant book After having seen lots of publications on the same topic I think that Natalie really teaches us a unique way of dealing with our expat issues and to a larger extent deal with all the personal changes that might occur in our lives The exercises called creative reflections suggested by Natalie at the end of each chapter do have a healing effect on our out of balance life and lead us in our journey towards a happy and satisfactory expatriation experience Moreover the book stimulates our creativity in an easy and rewarding way and surely represents an opportunity for setting some time apart and taking a break from our hectic daily lives About the author Natalie Tollenaere is a Belgian life coach specializing in services for globally mobile families She has been an expatriate herself lived in seven countries since 1987 and has an artistic background Natalie has been able to successfully join her creative life and life experience together with her professional training Over

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  • The Ultimate Expat – Alfons Vermeulen Congo 1898-1929 - Expatriate Archive Centre - A Home For Expat Life Stories
    The NAHV held about 75 concessions franchised land so to speak in Africa and traded products on the world market His mission was to set up trade posts called factories which were situated deep in the Equatorial Forest Most of the terrain had not been explored or mapped and many of the indigenous inhabitants had never before seen a white man These factories were centres in which to initiate and maintain trade with the local inhabitants if the relationship with the locals didn t go awry Additionally it also functioned as a village for Alfons staff The factories were usually situated near a river or existing villages They consisted of living quarters and a large storeroom for the goods he traded or bought from the locals such as copal rubber and ivory The only luxuries Alfons enjoyed were canned foods some books and the bottles of wine he was given by the NAHV There was no medical care apart from having a bottle of disinfectant at hand First aid was administered by his staff and concubine and quite often Alfons had to act as a doctor himself It happened frequently that wounded people would be brought in to see him as the jungle was ridden with dangerous animals disease and bandit tribes A lot of agent traders died Against all odds Alfons came out alive even though sometimes his life hung in the balance What pulled him through was his gift of the gab intelligence willpower and respect for the locals Being a gifted story teller he published two well received autobiographical books about his adventures in the 1930s Later in life he decided that there was more to tell and started working on some articles and chapters for his third book He kept writing until his death in 1965

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  • A Journey to Japan Has Become a Historical Document - Expatriate Archive Centre - A Home For Expat Life Stories
    arrived on Thursday evening at 18 00 hrs local time and went to bed at 20 00 hrs We were so tired In the middle of the night we woke up because of the jet lag change of time were wide awake and hungry Fortunately we found a Welcome to Tokyo fruit basket from the embassy colleagues in our hotel room First we were amazed that they gave us a fruit basket instead of flowers but now we understand The coming days are filled with invitations for lunches and dinners Today we went to one of the largest shopping malls of the area the Ginza You have to see to believe how large it is Our hotel is also very large In our room we have a fridge colour t v and alarm clock Every day clean bed sheets and a clean kimono which can be used as bath robe They have 24 hrs room service so if you are hungry in the middle of the night you just call them We didn t do that yet Lia there are temples everywhere If I take a look out of my hotel window I see a temple in the middle of skyscrapers and next to the hotel is another temple We have not found the time to do a lot of sight seeing First of all the city is too big to go around by taxi too expensive too and second we are going house hunting next week We like it here The people are friendly although you can t understand them When we went to the shopping mall the Ginza we asked people at the reception to write us two notes one with the address of the hotel and one with the note that we want to visit the Ginza

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  • New Donation from Limburg Family - Expatriate Archive Centre - A Home For Expat Life Stories
    years while the family lived in several countries This extensive account of one family s expatriate experiences will be a valuable addition to the Archive We are very grateful to Ingrid van Wettum for getting in touch and sending us this large box of documents The contents will be scanned and then stored in a protected environment Ingrid will receive a digital copy for her own records Do you have

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  • Book Presentation of Cherry Denman “Diplomatic incidents, memoirs of an undiplomatic wife” - Expatriate Archive Centre - A Home For Expat Life Stories
    stories that are stored at the Expatriate Archive Centre about life on the move At the presentation Cherry Denman will read from her book and will be interviewed by Jo Parfitt the well known British writer who is associated with the Archive Centre for her life story writing workshops The first book will be presented to Mrs Tricia Holland wife of the British ambassador to The Netherlands Copies of the

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  • Travel Is In the Mind - Expatriate Archive Centre - A Home For Expat Life Stories
    challenges overcome when one is living far from home Often both language and culture can be the issue as in the case of Angeli Primlani an American from a small town in the American South who travels to Prague and is astonished to find that the Czech language is quite incomprehensible to her Leza Lowitz teaching American Literature to Japanese students finds them friendly and open but confused by her

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  • Key Challenges of Private Archives - Expatriate Archive Centre - A Home For Expat Life Stories
    to governmental archives In particular the way in which they manage the data protection of depositors during the digitization process of the archive The depositors of source material must trust the archive to look after their stories and not breach the confidence that they have given The digitization challenges were discussed during the KVAN day last June Koninklijke Vereniging van Archivarissen in Nederland Here are some of the presentations Programma

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  • News - Expatriate Archive Centre - A Home For Expat Life Stories
    2015 ACCESS and the Expatriate Archive Centre EAC are looking for material that could be used for an exhibition provisionally entitled Expat History of The Hague This exhibition will take place from 26 October until 14 November 2015 in the City Hall of The Hague and will be bilingual in English Read more Season s Greetings Christmas Cards from the Expatriate Archive Centre Published December 23rd 2014 Celebrating the holidays is sometimes like a balancing act for expats they are trying to hold on to their own traditions while embracing the customs of the country they are residing in One of those customs is the exchanging of Christmas cards a tradition which can help expats maintain Read more Save the Date New Exhibition Expat History of The Hague Published October 28th 2014 An exciting new exhibition offering a fresh insight into expatriate The Hague is being organised by ACCESS the Expatriate Archive Centre EAC and the Municipal Archives of The Hague The exhibition has the working title of Expat History of The Hague and will take place from 26 October until 14 Read more Collection of Religious Writings Finds a Home in a Maltese Archive Published October 21st 2014 At

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