Expatn Celebrating my 6th Expat Christmas abroad.

Published on December 22nd, 2016


My 6th Expat Christmas

There was a time (after buying a one way ticket to Vietnam and thereafter selling most everything I once owned save for what fit in a single rollie and backpack) when I wondered if I’d completely lost my mind.  That I’d come screaming back to my beloved Seattle after but a month or two.  I mean, a two week vacay in Bali or Morocco is one thing.  Even backpacking through South Africa and Mozambique for 6 full weeks was a goodly trek.  But turning my back on my native land – possibly forever???  Um, that was a bit over-the-top even for an adventuress like me.

This post from my final January in the U.S. (in 2011) as I started to pack up all my worldly possessions (Bit by Bit, the Packing Begins) was arguably the very first moment of reckoning – that 2010 would be my last Christmas in the country of my birth.

And this was the day (in October that same year) that I walked out of my empty apartment in Seattle – to forever be a nomadic expatriate:  72 Hours and Counting…

Ah but that’s all history now.  Little did I know then, how PERFECTLY the life of a nomad suited me.  Living 2 years in Vietnam (and missing it to this day), then a spell in Chiang Mai, Thailand (missing? um, not so much), all the while skipping to many of the wondrous lands on that side of the globe.

And finally, whizzing to an entirely new continent down here beneath the Equator to Ecuador.

In but a few short days I’ll be celebrating my *6th* Christmas as an expat.  So I thought it might be nice to cobble together a few collages to remind me of the 5 previous Christmas holidays in my ongoing expat odyssey.

Christmas 2011 – Sumatra, Indonesia
1st Expat Christmas: Sumatra, Indonesia

Christmas 2012 – Dalat, Vietnam
2nd Ecpat Christmas: Dalat, Vietnam.

Christmas 2013 – Chiang Mai, Thailand
3rd Expat Christmas: Chiang Mai, Thailand

Christmas 2014 – Cuenca, Ecuador
4th Expat Christmas: Cuenca, Ecuador.

Christmas 2015 – Cuenca, Ecuador
5th Expat Christmas: Cuenca, Ecuador

And this year – 2016?  Once again I’ll be enjoying the holidays right here amid the cobbled streets of my beloved Cuenca.  And though I often wish I could clone myself to celebrate the holidays with family and friends scattered all over the globe, trust that I shall be thinking fondly of all of you.

May your heart be filled with magic
and the joy of the season.
And may 2017 bring you closer to your dreams!


My 6th Christmas as an Expat

About the Author

Off-the-beaten-path travel is my passion,and I’ve always lived life “like-a-kid-in-a-candy-store” – eager to sample as many flavors as I can. Indeed, my life motto has long been: This ain’t a dress rehearsal, folks!

4 Responses to My 6th Expat Christmas

  1. Great pics Dyanne and, I’m sure, some amazing memories to go with them. This Christmas is our 5th as expats (Mexico – Nicaragua – Colombia – Portugal) and second in Portugal and we have some great memories as well. Your post is a terrific way to show that you can make a home wherever you are and fill it with friends who become even closer that family. Merry Christmas to you and hoping that your New Year goes in all sorts of interesting directions!
    Anita @ No Particular Place To Go kindly contributed to world literature by posting…Part Two – Figuring It Out Along The Way – Life In PortugalMy Profile

    • Dyanne says:

      So true, Anita – in many ways (thanks to Facebook and Skype) I’m now even closer to family and friends in my native land – than when I lived there! And I’m ever so grateful for the (surprisingly close and long-lasting) friendships that I’ve gained (in Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, France and New Zealand) since opting to become a perpetual expat.

  2. Ilene Roberts says:

    Have another wonderful xpat x-mas here in Cuenca, Dyanne! You are such an inspiration!

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