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The Blood of the Soul

I spent my morning at the Italian consulate today, submitting my application to become Italian. Hearing the cadences of Italian (even the elevated, exasperated tones of Italians grappling with red tape on either side of the counter of a government office) took me back...

A Sail For Peace

“…It was our way to abolish government-made borders and show the world as one beautiful nation whose ruler was the sea, where nature’s laws are strict, yet simple, and the inhabitants are all equally unique.”

The Good Old Language Struggle

Yesterday I was thinking of the downs of living “abroad”. I must say I very rarely put myself this question, but I know that it is a very relatable topic to most expats. If you are one, you might immediately have a whole spectrum of ideas on it. Things like the...

Walking into a Memory

One of the beautiful things about moving often is that you experience the "little things" of life in so many different ways. Like the smell of the plants outside your window. Or the way different fruits taste when they're in season. Or the cadence of stray overheard...

The Lily and the Rose: Living Between East and West

“The West for me means ambition, the East contentment. My heart is ever in one, my soul in the other.” – Ameen Rihani, 1921. Every morning when I looked out of my bedroom window in Karachi, I would see them. Rows and rows of carefully planted lilies in my...

Home as Metaphor

I woke up this morning from a dream in which I'd just bought a new house. It was a big house, but complicated, with odd passages meandering in this and that direction, and bedrooms sprouting off from one another like mushrooms. The thresholds of the various rooms were...

The Roots of Dispersion

I often wonder how it feels to be tied to a place, to know that your history happened there, that the rhythm of the seasons and the pulse of life are echoed by the beating of your heart. How does it feel to be secure in your identity, to say ‘this is where I come...

The Privilege of Home

My view about the concept of 'home' drastically changed when I saw my neighbour's house being destroyed in Jerusalem in 2013. By that stage, I had lived in eight countries, left a dozen homes behind, and despite having loved all of them, the two homes I most longed...

Authentic Identity – Filipino Kids Growing Up Abroad

One of the things we're very keen on here at Hiraeth is reframing the narrative of migration to emphasize our shared experiences, rather than resorting to terms that can end up compartmentalizing those experiences based on characteristics like skin color, religion,...

Hope

In the Netherlands today, many of us woke up and heaved a sigh of relief at the election results. One of the biggest causes for optimism was that 80% of eligible voters turned out to vote. So today, we wanted to share this work by the British artist and protester Bob...

The Failing of My Heart – Nâzım Hikmet

Nâzım Hikmet (1902-1963) was a Turkish poet for whom the idea of home was a poignant one. An idealist and revolutionary living in a turbulent time, he spent much of his life in exile or in prison, and many of his poems are redolent of loss and longing. Although...

Expanding the Boundaries of History

Since I talked about Amy's book and my chapter in it on the podcast this week, I thought it might be interesting to give a little bit of background here on the blog as well. A year and a half ago, when I began working for the Expatriate Archive Centre (EAC) in The...

How To Return

My first attempt to return home was close to disastrous, and stayed my last. At the age of twenty-three I moved to Moscow, and back in with my father. After only two months in my old bed I couldn’t pack things fast enough to return… home again.

How I Made Friends With Facebook

Lately at Hiraeth we've been talking about ways that people who move around stay in touch with friends and family in other places. We've come a long way since the days of paper letters that took weeks to arrive in another country. How do we use different technologies...

A New Home and an Invented Language

As members of the editorial board here at Hiraeth, we all have our own stories of migration. You'll already know if you've listened to podcast #2 that my kids grew up with the idea that periodically moving to another country was just a normal part of life. Listening...

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  • Hiraeth Ep. 23- A Moving Legacy 02/10/2017
    In this episode, Sarah talks to Lucille Abendanon who has three nationalities and has lived in six different countries. Lucille shares not only her own story of movement, but also the incredible stories of her Dutch Oma and Opa who survived life in Japanese concentration camps. Lucille is a writer and values the power of […]
  • Hiraeth Ep 22- Crimea Calling 18/09/2017
    In 2010, Masha and her brother inherited her grandparents’ home in Crimea, the place of her birth. Last Spring, she traveled there and felt a tug to return and explore her roots. She has long felt the pull between lands and questioned her sense of identity- having lived in the US since the age of […]
  • Hiraeth Ep. 21 - Embrace The Journey 04/09/2017
    I met Cynthia on instagram- While she runs the very serious business of recruitment and coaching for expats through her company Xpath Global Careers, she also happens to run a hilarious instagram account called @expatmemes which pokes fun at the trials and tribulations of international life...  Many times, I found myself commenting (or at least thinking) […]
  • Hiraeth Ep. 20- Summer Wrap Up 21/07/2017
    In this episode, we talk about art, politics and plans for the future.  This episode is a series of audio clips from team meetings and conversations recorded over the past six months.  It is a reflection on the year so far- as we wrap up for Summer vacation.  We will resume in the Fall, and […]
  • Hiraeth Ep. 19- Stardust Magick 12/06/2017
    In this episode, I talk to Stardust Magick. Star is a transformation artist- transforming herself and others through costume and performance. She helped form the Mystic Family Circus in California and has performed at festivals the world over. She believes in radical expression and lives with an open heart and with the intention of simply […]

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