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Expats!

Our hearts are in the islands,but we're currently living abroad! A chance to make connections with others who may be near you in the states, Canada, UK, or wherever you may be! Share experiences, tips on places,resources,arrange gatherings,etc.

Location: Global Caribbeans!
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Latest Activity: Jul 3

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Comment by Kenneth Puddicombe on June 28, 2013 at 10:47am

Love the description above: "Our hearts are i n the islands..."

Comment by Althea Romeo-Mark on June 20, 2013 at 5:46am

Welcome! Kenneth Puddicombe. I don't visit as often as I should.  But I am an educator who is now enjoying her summer break.  I was born in Antigua, grew up in the US Virgin Islands, have lived in the USA, Liberia (West Africa), England and Switzerland (my present home).  These places have inspired my poems and short stories.  I'll have a look at your Facebook page.

Comment by Kenneth Puddicombe on June 17, 2013 at 9:06am

I've created an FB group NEW LITERARY VOICES FROM THE CARIBBEAN [and Guyana of course] specifically for the purpose of swapping edits on our work in progress. We currently have members from Barbados, Trinidad and Guyana. I think that having your work critiqued is an invaluable step in publishing, especially if you're an Indie Author. Looking for serious writers who are looking for serious feedback and in providing feedback. Interested?

Comment by Kenneth Puddicombe on June 17, 2013 at 8:44am

I was born in Guyana [what was then British Guiana] but have lived most of my adult life abroad, in Canada. Writing has always been something that I wanted to do more than anything else but the accounting profession reared its head and I followed it to make a living and raise a family. I'm happy to say that I'm now pursuing writing again and had my first novel RACING WITH THE RAIN published through Amazon Create Space in October 2012. I look forward to interaction with this group...

Comment by Cherry-Ann Carew on January 25, 2012 at 9:11pm

Hello there

I was born in Guyana, moved to London, England in my early teens where I finished high school, went on to university, worked in corporate England and raised a family. England became my adoptive home once I assimilated. I love the island as it shaped who I am in many ways.

After many years, I relocated to the US (Southern California) and absolutely love it. I also have a base in Toronto. Guess that makes me a Global Citizen ;)

I've travelled far and wide and thoroughly enjoy experiencing different cultures. I'm a writing coach, editor and author. I look forward to interacting with you all.

 

Comment by Sharmen Greenaway on November 28, 2011 at 7:22pm

At the end of the day no matter how long we live away from our perspective countries/islands when we refer to them we always say 'back home'.  Well most people I know do anyway.  Home as they say is where the heart is.

Comment by Angela Joseph on November 25, 2011 at 8:45pm

I'm happy for the opportunity to connect with other, um, I don't think I like the ex connotation, Caribbean writers. I am a Trini and always will be, even though I've been living in the US for the past twenty-one years. I write fiction and non-fiction. 

Comment by Yasmin Morais on November 22, 2011 at 9:31am

I was born in Jamaica, lived in Canada for 9 years and have been living in the United States for almost 5 years. I am excited to be a part of this group. When you leave your homeland, even for a short while, you are able to look at things in a more objective way, and learn more about it than you were probably able to, while living there. I look forward to learning from your experiences as global Caribbeans, and to share mine.

Comment by Marise Fleurisca on September 11, 2011 at 6:12pm
Expats (Expatriate) refer to someone living outside of his/her homeland.  The definition in Thesaurus is
Main Entry: deportee
Part of Speech: noun
Definition: émigré
Synonyms: DP, alien, displaced person, exile, expat , expatriate, expellee, foreigner, outlander, outsider, refugee
We are alien of another country.  It doesn't refer to Caucasian Canadians, Americans or British living in any of the Islands.  I am from Haiti and I have been living in the US for the biggest part of my life, that's made me an alien/foreigner of the US.  I am considered a Diaspora when I go back to Haiti.
Comment by Althea Romeo-Mark on September 11, 2011 at 5:42pm
I am a Caribbean woman who has spent most of her life outside the Caribbean (fourteen years in Liberia, One in England and twenty in Switzerland) and returned once a year to revisit my roots. So I am a Global Caribbean who has many homes. I agree there is something final about the "ex" in expats like ex husbands who may or may not conjure up bad memories.  But in general, expats refer to nationals who live abroad for lenthy periods or permanently.  I like Global Caribbean.  It has a certain rhythm to it.
 

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