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Orana Velarde

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Orana is an expat mom, artist of many trades, and blogger who lives nomadically with her family. Currently they are settled in Sri Lanka.
A lot of expats are also digital nomad or slow travelers and use one place as a base to come back to after several shorter trips. I believe Portugal would be a great base for an expat / slow...
As soon as you arrive in Sri Lanka you are hit by the smell of curry and the sight of crows. So much curry! So many crows! What does one have to do with the other you say? Well,...
Four years ago we were based in Phuket, famous Thai island paradise. Phuket is also conveniently close to Khao Sok National Park; the most awesome mountainous wonderland anyone could ever ask for. Fog, gibbons, orchids, waterfalls, rivers, crazy weird...
The only blond girl in Kindergarten Living in Sri Lanka with two kids can be pretty standard, unless one of your kids is blond. Our daughter has very light brown hair, not golden blond hair but light enough for it...
Bangkok Streets Glossary Thanon = Avenue Soi = Street Sub Soi = Smaller Street off a Soi Trok = Alley Klong = Canal When I was about to have our baby in Bangkok four years ago, my mom sent an email asking for our home address to send...
Visa Runs are the best excuse to see a new city If you are an expat then you know what a visa run is. While living in Bali, we did a three day run to Singapore. My husband had already been there...
During the years I've been blogging I have come across some great Family Travel Blogs, some awesome Worldschooling Blogs, and also some really interesting Multicultural Family Blogs but none have stood out to me like The Kid Trotter. Visit...
One of our favorite places to visit in any new city is the fresh produce market. Every city has one, or two or three. Bangkok has quite a few but none compare to the world famous Or Tok Kor...
In Bali there are three important volcanoes, the greatest of all is Mt. Agung, everything about Balinese culture revolves around the location and power of this volcano. Second to Agung is Mt. Batur, our family favorite. Like most kids...
Only now that I enter my fourth year as an expat mom, I have started really wondering about what it might have been like for my mom as an immigrant in the United States 29 years ago. The only way...