A dog’s life: why expat living with pets isn’t for …

I love animals. As a child I had all sorts of pets and today I still get more excited when I see a puppy than a new Chanel lip colour. Rabbits, cats, fish, stick insects, sea monkeys… my childhood home was just a few hamsters short of a petting zoo. You name it, I’ve petted, stroked and cuddled it (even if…
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Leaning in to my new expat role

I’m currently in London visiting a friend from my university days. It was a last minute trip to catch up with her and other friends before I jet off on my next expat adventure. It only just dawned on me that it’s my first childfree trip in three and a half years. Three and a half years. I’ve handed over…
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Brexit, Catalan independence and the great expat escape

I’m currently in Barcelona and the closer we get to winter, the hotter it’s getting. The hottest day of the year is yet to come. On 1st October a referendum is scheduled to take place regarding Catalonia’s future as an independent state. Whether it’s an illegal attempt to seize power by a minority or the repression of a people’s right…
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Can Spanish style parenting help your unruly child?

Today I noticed my son’s scooter was inside the rubbish bin. If it’s in there, I’m not allowed to take it out until Wednesday morning, if at all. Let me explain. If my three year old misbehaves, he gets a warning from his Spanish dad. If he continues to misbehave, he gets a warning in a harsher tone of voice.…
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Is this the most important thing to remember about expat life?

Last week I wrote about a survey of the best and worst countries to live in, as voted by Internations’ members. The comments I received were overwhelming. Some were shocked, others unsurprised, many were very, very angry. The most insightful feedback for me was about making your expat lifestyle work for you as an individual. As Rene, a Canadian in…
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Wooden cakes, vodka & fake tan. A guide to weddings abroad.

I escaped pretty well this year. Just two weddings, one in Greece and one in Russia. Don’t get me wrong, I love weddings. I love the food, the wine, the giggles, the catching up with old friends, the dressing up in heels higher than my kids. I love the the tears of laughter, and of joy. I love the dancing…
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Does poverty make you uncomfortable?

Today it’s International Day of Charity. This got me thinking about a recent discussion with friends on the merits of India. One friend said she’d love to go ‘if it were not for the poverty’. Yes, there is poverty, and it’s a raw, painful, often extreme poverty, which clumsily plonks itself beside elegant marble clad luxury. But poverty exists everywhere,…
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Private Medical Insurance? Your child’s health is still with Britain’s …

I have two sons, one is called Sebastian and the other Rafa. The eldest, Sebastian, was recently caught in a nasty accident and narrowly avoided having at least one finger amputated. The emergency workers, nurses, doctors, anaesthetists and surgeons were incredible throughout and it’s thanks to them that he’s back to normal today. I’ve witnessed emergency care in developing countries…
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Expat life is one big holiday

A friend recently asked me if I didn’t get tired of moving around so much and if I’d not prefer to settle down permanently in the UK. Umm, no. On the whole expat life is exciting, fun and at times, glamorous. Expat life turns the mundane into the educational, the fascinating or the downright hilarious. Trips to the post office…
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Frequent travel can damage your cornea and other life updates

Recently I went to a routine contact lens check up. Expecting to get the all clear, I was rummaging around nonchalantly for my lipgloss when the optician told me my cornea was badly swollen. Anything to do with eyes freaks me out a little. Eyes are more fragile than say, bones or limbs to me and eyeballs belong in Halloween…
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