Why all expat mums are supermums

Last week my child had a hideous accident and narrowly escaped having a finger amputated. As we are currently in the UK, my family were there to help, I could liaise with doctors in my mother tongue and friends helped us get over the whole ordeal. The experience made me remember a saying from an American Expater friend: ‘The female…
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10 signs you’ve been an expat too long

I reckon I could be an expat for all of my life. Great Britain really is great, but I have no burning desire to lay my ashes to rest there. While I’ve always relished my expat adventures, certain telltale signs let me know when I’m need of an expat detox back home. Sound familiar? Your temporary apartment is so ill…
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My expat work experience – the good, the bad and the ugly

I’ve lived and worked in many countries, both paid and voluntary, for some amazingly inspirational people as well as some downright awful tyrants. My boss in Angola was incredibly down to earth, his clients less so. My tasks included making him look ‘damn important’ in front of poncy Luanda bankers. While he sat drinking his maté, I’d run around pretending…
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Why all expats plan to stay three years (and never do)

Ask any expat how long they intend on staying and chances are they’ll reply three years. Just enough time to settle in before they get itchy feet. Three years is the perfect equation. Or to put it another way: Getting to know the city + making friends + painfully bureaucratic admin – starting to feeling a little bored – a burning desire for…
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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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The Perks of Being an Idiot Abroad

There are two types of traveller. The holiday head hedonist who flows from mojito to mojito, hitchhiking their way from seasonal job to job. Then there’s the eternal fretter who always carries multiple photocopies of their passport, distrusts the local wine and would wear a money bag if it were socially acceptable to do so. The laid-back and the hung up. I…
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The New Travel Diet For Instant Results

My body is a holy temple. Lemon and ginger for breakfast, gallons of water throughout the day and dairy free air for supper. Well, almost. I don’t eat flesh because I think it’s gross and I don’t eat dairy because the doctor said so. (I’m breastfeeding a dairy intolerant baby before you trolls launch your attack). When I travel it’s different. Anyone who…
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The Expat Cycle of Stuff

I hate stuff. Every time we move home I throw it out and yet it comes back to haunt me in all its dusty, sun bleached, cobwebby horror. I’m currently averaging a move every six months and you’d think by the rate I’m chucking stuff out that I’d be surviving on a capsule wardrobe, a corkscrew and my passport. Stuff follows me around the globe. I’m…
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Job Vacancy : Holiday Relaxation

I just got back from a week of sunshine, mojito and pool lounging. We stayed at a fabulous resort in Turkey which bills itself as heaven on earth and judging by our time there, they are not far wrong. Heaven it may be, and for a sloth like me it’s pretty relaxing. Nevertheless, holidays are not relaxing experiences perse. If you’ve got…
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Fancy a nationality swap?

Fancy swapping nationalities this month? I’m considering Canadian – modest, understated and cool. Or Switzerland – safe, pacifistic and beautiful. Or Tuvaluan – a nationality hardly anyone has heard of, belonging to a country which will disappear anyway if sea levels continue to rise. Because I’m rather bored of being British right now. Or rather I’m fed up of being held up for Brexit, Gibraltar, the Falklands and pretty much…
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