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Here We Are & There We Go - Teaching and Traveling with Kids in Tow [Kindle Edition]

Jill Dobbe , John Konecny
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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A heartwarming travel memoir filled with temper tantrums, disorienting jetlag, and zany, once-in-a-lifetime family adventures. Who says you can’t travel with kids? Dan and I find out we can do just that as we set off with our two very young kids, first to live and work on an island far out in the Pacific, then on to the continent of Africa with a few stops in between. Armed with strollers, diapers, and too much luggage, we travel to over twenty-five countries throughout a ten year span, while working together as international overseas educators. After surviving typhoon Yuri, almost being mauled by lions, and, being nearly shot by a presidential guard, we happily endure all of the good times and bad, while living life to the fullest. A decade’s worth of experiences and lifelong memories remain with us, as we return to the U.S., now with two teenagers in tow, and begin to experience our very own version of reverse culture shock.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 514 KB
  • Print Length: 137 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Orange Hat Publishing (26 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008PV3N9G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #476,795 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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An enjoyable read about an American family which uproots and lives in several different countries while teaching in International schools. It contains interesting descriptions of the different countries they visited, and tells the tale with a splash of humour. I could identify with many of their experiences living in tropical, poorer countries, and appreciated the reverse culture shock too. A great job done in bringing up their children to be globally aware and literate.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Adventures abroad 23 Jun. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is a light account of the ten years an American family spent abroad while the parents worked as teachers in developing countries. I was about to write "a typical American family", but Jill and Dan Dobbe's interest in other countries and willingness to embrace other cultures make them far from typical.
The involvement of their very young children - aged two and one when the Dobbes left the US, for Guam - brings an unusual perspective to the genre of "travel memoir". Not only are many of the stories about the children amusing (such as Ali at age one "shaking her booty" in a dance until her diaper fell off; Ali and Ian singing songs in Mandarin on public transport in Singapore), but their parents' need to arrange such things as daycare and nannies gives a rare insight into aspects of life abroad. I must confess, though, that I am firmly on the side of those long-haul aircraft passengers who scowled and disapproved of the author's screaming, hyperactive children!
I gave a small cheer at the end of the book, when Jill and Dan, after six years back in the US while the children attended high school, decided to resume their wandering ways and headed off to Cairo, followed by India and Central America. The author at one point writes: "I wanted Ian and Ali to grow up to become globally aware and live in a community where everyone is accepted for who they are despite their race, color, or religion." What a world it would be if only we all thought like that!
The stories are told in a casual and chatty style.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How Not to Travel Light 23 July 2014
By Jonty
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What an amazing story. How Jill and Dan coped with everything involved in their busy life, I do not know. This was a very interesting story of determination to follow a working dream. A well written account of their living adventures.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book 8 Sept. 2013
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Enjoyable style to read. Interesting lifestyle. Insight into cultures. An easy to read, thought provoking book. Contrasting cultures visited. Well rounded kids.
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4.0 out of 5 stars THE WORLD THROUGH DIFFERENT EYES 13 July 2014
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It was interesting to read an American perspective on traveling and working overseas. The part I could relate to was the reception the family got on returning to their home country, that is a carbon copy of our own reception. No one was particularly interested, and I could commiserate with the family expat status as placing them apart from old friends and family. The reader is given a concise account of living in various countries on several continents. In some of the places the description draws you in, and you feel you are there with them. Other places are glossed over very quickly, leaving the reader with many unanswered questions. Although the book flows well, I felt I was reading more of a travelogue than a memoir. If you want to know more about living abroad, then this book will give you a better idea of coping and working in several different cultures.
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