The true price of expat life: no grandparents

I’ve been rather poorly these last couple of of weeks. My husband has been away in Chile and it turns out that looking after two preschoolers with a strong dislike of sleep doesn’t agree well with my body. It’s times like these that I appreciate my parents more than ever. My grandparents are truly grand My mother and father have…
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Expat stress can make your speech go funny

Did you know that stress can affect your speech? Neither did I, until today. I’ve been rather poorly recently and the doctors can’t figure it out. My tongue is swollen, my mouth is full of ulcers and I get the shakes now and again. At night time it gets so bad that I wake up to little pools of blood…
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Expat mums: Do you suffer from EMS?

Expaters, do you suffer from bleeding gums, eczema flare ups, extreme fatigue, sleepless nights, dizzy spells, nausea and / or mild grumpiness? If so, chances are you’re suffering from EMS (Expat Mum Syndrome). Symptoms usually manifest themselves at the beginning of a new expat adventure and worsen when the patient’s spouse is away and unable to share the childcare responsibilities.…
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Mindful packing for expats (and surviving with just a teapot)

We move to Chile in January. Plenty of time, you say. Yes, but we’re getting our stuff shipped this week. As an expat for most of my life I should be used to it, but it’s turning into a logistical nightmare. I’m drinking tea to calm my nerves. I moved to the UK with my first son (Sebastian), a big…
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Sod it, the packing can wait

These last few weeks have been chaotic. The kids have been off nursery for three weeks due to a sickness bug. Three weeks. These last few days they’ve been healthy enough to run around, shout from the top of their lungs and need entertainment (Muuuuuuummy! We need play dough… Quickly!), but were possibly contagious, so we’ve had to keep them…
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