Immigrant families and dealing with invisible baggage

What to do, when in quarantine? Be a guest speaker 🙂

When we travel to a new country, we travel with more than suitcases. We carry with us thoughts and emotions and skills and behavior, and we hope our lives will change for the better. In this podcast hosted by Nida Jawed, we are talking about all these “things” we carry with us, yet they are invisible to the eye.

The week the interview was made I was sitting in quarantine, in a hotel in Norway. Traveling to see my family and friends had this as a price as well. Yet, I did the best I could with the time in my hands at that moment.

Doing the best of what I have is something I have learned from my mother, who always used to say:

“Don’t complain about what you cannot do with what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what you have!”.

I was not always happy to hear that phrase in my childhood. Yet, I am happy now that I can remember it and put it to use when it is needed.

I was forced to be on my own in a hotel room. Yet I had a computer and WiFi and loads of contacts available through the internet.

I carried my mother’s words with me in my “invisible luggage”, luggage I speak about in this interview. Here is the link to it:

I hope the information is useful to you and If you have friends who could benefit from the information, please send them a link to the video.

For women only!

This talk is for women only, because the community I’ve held this talk for is women travelers only. I speak about “The invisible luggage” we all carry with us, and which is more than the suitcases which follow us around the world.

If you want to watch it, you’ll have to join the FB group. Check it out here.

Photo: PHOTOfrog


Communication: In a Pint!

Communication is difficult. Even between people who speak the same language. Let alone between people who speak different languages. Or the same language, which is the second language for both. 

This is why I was asked to explain some theories of communication for Pint of Science Norway. You can watch my talk here. Don’ get scared by the length of the video. My talk is from min 14 to min 45. Enjoy!

If you liked it, let OTHERS know!

If you didn’t like it, let ME know! I would love some feedback!