Author Archives: Kriste Rose

Once Upon a Time…

…we lived in a far, far away land in a teeny, tiny town in the middle of a ginormous rainforest. You’d never believe this place. In this land, waterfall streaked mountains stand as high as the sky. It’s a place … Continue reading

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Repatriation

For many expatriates, returning home is often the most difficult and challenging part of the overseas assignment. Cross-cultural experts warn returning citizens about the dark side of repatriation, which involves developing a deep sense of not belonging. Expatriates commonly feel … Continue reading

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Homeward Bound

Somewhere, forty-thousand feet above the Pacific Ocean, Chris is quietly looking back on the past three years of his life, and preparing for the future. He will miss working at PTFI, the most challenging and rewarding job of his career. … Continue reading

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The Wild West

With Tembagapura-sized holes in our hearts, the girls and I are back in Arizona adjusting to life in the desert. A place where spirits of cowboys and outlaws still roam. Including America’s most famous vigilante, Wyatt Earp, who made history … Continue reading

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Selamat Tinggal, Tembagapura!

Our adventure in Indonesia has come to an end. We’ve met some amazing people, had some incredible experiences, traveled across the globe, and filled a lifetime of memories in three years. It’s been hard living the crazy life, but we’re … Continue reading

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Goodbye MZS!

When Ally and Kylee’s feet climbed the steep, metal steps of the school bus this morning, a dizzying array of emotions surged through their bodies as they prepared for their final day of school in Tembagapura. Feelings of excitement, trepidation, … Continue reading

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Grasberg

Before moving to Tembagapura, Chris worked in Freeport’s corporate office as part of the global health & safety team. His responsibilities included quarterly visits to PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI, Freeport’s affiliate in Indonesia). Each visit would end with a new collection … Continue reading

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Bird’s Eye View

In this unique mining town, community events with live auctions pave the way for acquiring items that are inherently complicated to get. Sometimes those items include unique pieces of artwork, electronic devices, or a giant tub of Red Vines. Whatever … Continue reading

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Endings (and Beginnings)

Everything that has a beginning has an ending. Including our family’s adventures in Indonesia. After three years of living the strangest, most extraordinary life imaginable, it’s time for us to pack our bags and return to suburbia. The bittersweet countdown … Continue reading

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Namibia

Our vacations are most meaningful when they take us by surprise for a richer, more profound experience. This vacation transcended that expectation. With its formidable energy, the spirit of Africa engulfed us. It was impossible not to recognize a deeper … Continue reading

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We’re on Vacation!

I’ll be back in two weeks to post more pictures and stories of our family’s adventures in Indonesia (and beyond)!

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Little Bigfoot

Giant, hairy creatures with human-like qualities have been a topic of popular lore and fascination across the globe for centuries. In Canada, it’s the Sasquatch. In the U.S., it’s the Bigfoot. In the Himalayas, it’s the Abominable Snowman. In Australia, it’s … Continue reading

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