Where have I been?

Where haven’t I been? is the question. I’ve traveled every month except January, April, and this month.

February – United Arab Emirates; March – Puerto Rico; May – Houston, Texas; June – Boston, Massachusetts; July – Chicago, Illinois.

I didn’t travel this month, nor do I have any travel plans for September, but I have short trips in October and November, within a couple weeks of each other. And who knows what else will come up; I already have at least 1 trip scheduled for 2016.

In addition, life has just… happened. Lots of stuff going on in my world – studying for professional licensing exam, still exercising although nothing seems to be changing, personal stuff, trying to stay focused on a few goals that I hope to have accomplished by the end of the year, etc.

I’m hoping that things wind down enough next month so that I can post about my past trips. In the meantime, I hope that all is well with you.


12 thoughts on “Where have I been?

  1. Blogging research: Language and identity in expatriate blogs

    Dear Spinster

    I’ve found your blog “Spinster’s Compass” in an expatriate blog directory. I’d like to tell you about a research project that I’m working on, and to invite you to participate.

    Who I am and what my research is about
    I’m a research student in linguistics at York St John University. As a Swiss national living in the UK, I’m interested in how one’s identity is affected by living abroad and how this is expressed and negotiated through language. I’m particularly interested in the stories and reflections that foreign nationals or ‘expats’ tell in their personal blogs about their life in England. You can find some more information about me and my research interests here: http://www.yorksj.ac.uk/business-school/york-st-john-business-school/staff–contact-details/postgraduate-research-people/doll—pgrs/lw—profile.aspx.

    What my research will involve
    I’m especially interested in your blog posts and the comments leading up to your relocation to England until one year afterwards, as well as the title and the ‘about’ section in your blog. My research will involve an analysis of these entries in terms of how identity is constructed and negotiated in them. The collected information will be used for my PhD thesis and potential projects and publications beyond. My research has been ethically approved and the authorisation code is 150218_Walz_140092297_BS.

    If you are willing to participate
    If you agree to participate in the research, I will collect all posts and comments in your blog from before your move to England to one year afterwards for analysis. All collected information will be stored securely and treated confidentially, and of course you are free to withdraw from this research project at any time. Finally, if you’d like to hear about my findings, I’m happy to share them with you once my research is concluded.
    If you are willing to participate in this study, please contact me by email to confirm that you are the author of the above-mentioned blog, that you have read and understood the above information and that you consent to take part in the research project. Should you wish to know more about my research before making your decision, I’m happy to discuss any further questions via email.

    Many thanks and best wishes

    Linda Walz | Postgraduate research student
    Department of Languages and Linguistics | York St John University
    Lord Mayor’s Walk | York YO31 7EX | UK


    1. Dear Spinster

      Regarding my research project on blogs written by foreign nationals living in England, I would still be grateful to hear back from you whether you are willing to participate.

      Many thanks and best wishes

      Linda Walz | Postgraduate research student
      Department of Languages and Linguistics | York St John University
      Lord Mayor’s Walk | York YO31 7EX | UK


  2. I’m envious and dying to know how you achieve this lifestyle, but then I guess I know. $$$. Which leaves me out. Boo hoo.

    Found you on GT.


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