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Posted on: October 4, 2020 Posted by: staubinink Comments: 0

How to Celebrate a Solo Birthday in the Midst of a Global Pandemic

“The night here is a true dark. It is so quiet and eerie that the end of each breath brings about gratified peace and welcomed relief. In Csákberény — a quaint and picturesque Hungarian village an hour drive outside of Budapest, the nights are cool, and the darkness has a releasing effect that lays you bare. The lush and verdant days reveal a dotted landscape as far as the eyes…

Posted on: June 17, 2020 Posted by: staubinink Comments: 0

When There is a Crisis at Home

Being an expat (especially in a majority white homogenous country) often means that you are traversing and experiencing these traumatic events alone. And like many Black professionals who work in primarily white spaces, some Black expats carry within themselves a duality of being. It’s a duality honed and perfected over years that is easily called forth — it comes by rote — and many have become adept at maintaining and…

Posted on: May 21, 2020 Posted by: staubinink Comments: 0

5 Things You Shouldn’t Worry About as a New Writer

How I conquered my fears and began to thrive Writing for public consumption is terrifying. I started sharing my pieces online two months ago, and for a reasonably confident woman, it has been a humbling time. While the feedback I have gotten has been positive, pressing the ‘Publish’ button for the first time was both a daunting and exhilarating experience. Sharing my work with others is a new reality for…

Posted on: May 18, 2020 Posted by: staubinink Comments: 0

Black and Dating: An Experience in Budapest

Dating while living and working in a foreign country can either be 1 or 2 things — exciting and interesting or an absolute wasteland. For me it is a wasteland. The facts are this. I am a Black woman living and working in Budapest, Hungary. I have a decent job and a decent apartment, but a man — decent or otherwise, is nowhere in sight. And like Carrie said, “..…