The British are weird – customs and etiquette for surviving British culture

Carpets in bathrooms, apologising when we’re not really sorry, and endless talk about the weather. Yes, we Brits are weird. My husband is Spanish and despite being married to a Brit and having lived in the UK himself, there are a few traditions and customs he just can’t get his head round. For any expats in the UK, here’s a…
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Don’t cut your egg in Spain and other table manner rules

My Spanish husband and I agree to disagree on many things. One thing we cannot agree on however, is table manners. It seems that we attended different etiquette schools in our youth. The Spanish and English rules are not just different, but contradictory. I’ll stare at elbows of random Spanish people in caf√©s, swallowing the rage to the back of…
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Why is it bad luck to pass salt in Spain?

Last week I was getting a facial and the facialist shrieked ‘stop!’ as I went upstairs to the treatment room. Another beautician was rushing down and apparently it’s common knowledge that you never cross someone on the stairs for fear of bad luck. This got me thinking about all the superstitions I’ve learnt in all the places I’ve lived. In…
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Swiss culture: Don’t cut your salad and other top tips

I lived in Switzerland for one glorious year. If you’re new to the country you may question my affection for my Helvetic friend. Your neighbours don’t like you, you get told off for mowing your lawn and your work colleagues stare at you when you eat. While it may seem like any other Schengen country, and while it feels European…
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10 things all returning British Expaters can relate to (and love)

My temporary stay back ‘home’ in the UK is taking longer than I envisaged. Some days I crave Delhi¬†sunshine, at other times I miss Antwerp’s fashion scene and I often dream about the clean air of Lausanne. OK, yes, we’re on a downward path to Brexit but all is not lost just yet. Right now I’m really enjoying the UK……
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