This is me…

Over on Instagram (@AmidreamEU), Christina Kapaun @southboundstories  and Annyka Overton @chameleoncoaching created a series of writing prompts (#virtualcampfire2021) for ex-pats to share over the course of November. I am a bit of a sucker for a community-minded activity and for writing prompts, so I decided to participate.

So, this is me. Hello!

👩🏻 My name is Christina. I am originally from the NW of the USA, Oregon all the way. I am the person behind the @amidreameu Instagram account.

👩🏻‍🏫 I’m an English teacher (EAP, business, & everyday English) and intercultural trainer. I generally like exploring and learning new things from & about people. I tell my students that I learn from them & enjoy it because I genuinely do. I see teaching & training as a collaborative experience.

🗺 Growing up my mother showed me that exploring locally could be a real gem. My first wider-world trip was across the country to NYC, where I clearly left part of my heart. Little did I know then that it would ignite a fire that would fuel me around the world. Since then, I’ve lived & studied in London, worked and traveled around Australia, & worked in South Korea.

🇩🇪 Somehow, I landed in my little corner of Germany, in Rheinland-Pfalz. What was supposed to be a year-long teaching exchange has turned into a years-long experiment that now involves a British-American husband and a TKC.

📚I’ve always been a storyteller, but I’ve not always told great stories. It seems many people want to have the rights to your story, when it’s not theirs to tell, especially when they only know a page or two, or even worse – someone else’s cliff-notes version. So, part of what I’m doing now is figuring out how to tell my story while also helping others to define & tell theirs.

📺 Part of this is through my work as a teacher & intercultural trainer, but also as ½ of @MC_Culture_Consult which is a podcast/YouTube channel, & blogging: www.Livingtheamericandreamineurope.com.

@southboundstories and @chameleoncoaching lit the match to this fire, but I’d also like to thank Allison Iurato @allisoniurato and Vanessa Paisley @paisleycommunication for the inspiration to post.

Over to You

So, what is your story, and who will tell it, You? Tell me who you are in the comments.

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