oben
spacer
Welcome to Virtual Vienna Net
A one term part-time Cambridge TELF course
   HOME          

  
: HOMING IN

By Ngaire Jehle-Caitcheon, MA, BSc.

Four years ago, a company bankruptcy and children home at university sent my husband and me homewards to New Zealand -- after twenty six years living as expats. Actually, I was on my way home. For my Swiss husband, it was just another country. We made the right moves – packed up, organized freight and bought plane tickets, but my feet dragged – through Viennese art galleries and cozy niches of the coffee houses that I wasn’t keen to leave behind. New Zealand didn’t seem very real or even very attractive after the mysteries of the places we’d lived in.

Expat

(Read More... | 11779 bytes more | 0)


: Intercultural Partnerships

By Ngaire Jehle-Caitcheon MA, BSc.

Love is blind they say, even scientists, who gleefully point to studies that show how the rush of emotions place blinkers on our brains, shutting down rational thought. Falling' in love with someone from another culture is hardly a misnomer. We truly prove our love with the ultimate commitment -- launching ourselves off the hard ground of our personal reality into the unknown of another.

Family Life

(Read More... | 7617 bytes more | 0)


: Culture Shock

By Ngaire Jehle-Caitcheon, MA, BSc

Moving abroad it is an adventure that presents us with a wealth of new impressions and experiences. But these gifts do not come without losses. We had to leave behind people we care about. We can no longer drop in on our best friend for coffee. Favourite foods and drinks cannot be found. Our new apartment may have decorative ceilings, but none of the conveniences we are used to. Even familiar things like possessions and husbands seem different here.

Expat

(Read More... | 6250 bytes more | 4.5)


: I SpeakGenglish

By Ngaire Jehle-Caitcheon, MA, BSc

"Oh no," Senta says, "In three days I'll have to speak just English again. I won't be able to mix languages anymore. What a hassle." Children from bilingual or multilingual environments get used to switching from one language to the other. They speak to one person in English, or French, or Spanish and to the next in German, or Arabic or Flemish.

Family Life

(Read More... | 8375 bytes more | 5)


: Children and Identity: I'm From Nowhere!

By Ngaire Jehle-Caitcheon MA, BSc.

Recently a mother called me, saddened by a conversation with her six-year-old. The children in her class had been asked to talk about where they came from. This little girl who had grown up in Belgium and Austria hadn't known what to say.

Expat

(Read More... | 6904 bytes more | 4.5)


: Living In A Partners Country!

By Ngaire Jehle-Caitcheon, MA, BSc

Sally says, "Looking back, I can understand why I let Albert run our lives when we went to Zurich. I felt helpless, so I left everything up to him, but it was a mistake. He didn't handle our finances well and even messed up things with his family."

Getting married or moving in with a partner is to enter a state of constant negotiation; who takes out the rubbish, how much should be spent on books or wine, and whether having a manicure is an essential expenditure.

Family Life

(Read More... | 8736 bytes more | 5)


: Saying Goodbye?

By Ngaire Jehle-Caitcheon, MA, BSc

I am part of all that I have met (Lord Tennyson). Has the time come to turn your back on Vienna? Are you already savouring your last coffee at the Café Central, squeezing in the last few bars of Mozart or Mahler at the Music Verein? Are you wondering how to bid farewell to friends you have shared special moments with?

Expat

(Read More... | 5004 bytes more | 5)


  
fuss


©Virtual Vienna Net 1998-2013 • Engine's code is PHP-NukeContact Us

Also  Please Visit our New Sister site  Moving for Love Net

Page Generation: 0.16 Seconds