Living abroad can make you a better person

Last week I wrote about my life as an atheist with my devout Catholic husband. I received some really interesting feedback from fellow Expaters and it struck me how lucky I am to be surrounded by such a diverse network of people. Living abroad puts us among groups we probably wouldn’t mix with ‘back home’. Now research by the Director of…
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Is your expat life one big coincidence?

Everyone has their Magnolia moments. The incredible coincidences that shock, surprise and steer life in another direction. For us expats are these freak encounters not such much bizarre occurrences, but a normal part of life, however? Recently I posted on a question about Chile on an expat Facebook group. I’m looking to move there with my family in January and…
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Make the effort to see friends (& boost your survival rate by 50%)

Tomorrow I’m meeting Maryam, a friend of mine from Antwerp. She’s originally from the UK and I’m excited to see her during a whirlwind mini break back ‘home’. I was planning a three hour journey to see her, but she suggested meeting somewhere on the way, so I now only have a one hour trip to factor in. This got…
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Love Speaks Louder Than Words

Recently I wrote a post about my fears for a dear friend in Syria. Today, after encouragement from a friend I tried calling her again. The phone rang and rang. My heart beat faster and I began to wonder. The phone clicked and there was a pause. And then, finally, ‘nam?!’ The fabulously curt reply was a sharp ‘I’m busy, who…
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Dear Dlall… A Letter to my friend in Syria

Dear Dlall I hope you are well. I hope you are safe. I hope you are snuggled by the boiler roasting potatoes as you showed me one winter. I hope you are laughing, clapping your hands with delight, your joy bursting out into the open like a firework. But this is not what I imagine when I see Syria. Times have changed for sure. But enough…
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