Just for fun: what type of expat are you?

Last year expatriate networking organisation Internations released a study listing ten types of expat. I’m not sure which category I fall into. In fact, I reckon it’s much more simple. Either you’re an Expater or you’re not. In case you’re unsure where you land on the Expater scale, I’ve compiled my own quiz. 1. A friend is travelling to your hometown.…
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Ticking the right box: the full time ‘expat spouse’ job

Expat mums, expat spouses, expat partners – do you work? Recently friend asked me what I did for a living and I replied, ‘I move countries’. I’ve moved countries five times in the last five years and assisted my husband with a short term move to Nigeria in between. Goodness knows how many times I’ve moved from hotel to temporary apartment…
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How to treat eczema and psoriasis 

Among the many things I suffer from (shoe addiction, frizzy hair, aversion to early mornings), eczema and psoriasis are probably the most annoying. I’ve battled with eczema and psoriasis since I was born. From hardly noticing it was there, to being stopped in the street and asked if my face was OK. Since I moved to Santiago in Chile, I’ve had…
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On the defence of kids parties for kids (and not parents)

This weekend we celebrated my children’s birthdays. In fact, Sebastian turned four in February, and Rafa turned two about a fortnight ago. You see, we’d had a really stressful move to Chile, I’d had a couple of pregnancy scares and there were a few hiccups moving into our new apartment. We just didn’t have the time or energy to plan…
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How to build a career as an expat woman

I’m lucky to be making lots of girl friends here in Chile. They come from all over the world and all different walks of life, but they share one common factor. They all complain about how tough it is to work. This got me thinking. Is it intrinsically harder to work as an expat? Or as an expat woman? Is…
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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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Better than botox – the new anti-aging facial oil set for a cult …

Disclaimer: As as personal customer of JK7®, I was gifted the new Golden Face Oil for me to try. There was, however, no agreement or obligation for me to post about the brand or product. Other JK7® products featured previously in this blog were purchased by me and were not gifted. A second disclaimer – I cannot be held liable for any conflicts…
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An Atheist’s Guide to Marrying A Religious Guy

One of the things I love most about my Expater friends is their sheer diversity and openness to other cultures. My address book is more multiculti than a Benetton ad. A good deal of them are with partners of other faiths. Recently a friend living in NYC asked how it was to get with a religious guy. Would the cultural…
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The best family friendly hotel in Santiago Chile

A little while ago we moved into our new home here in Santiago and just about everything that could go wrong did. So I checked into the most family friendly hotel I could find. Word on the expatriate parent block is that the five star Hotel Boulevard Suites is the most family friendly hotel you’ll find in Santiago. Here’s why:…
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Expatriate? Chances are you’re a precious asshole. Just like me

It’s 4.30am. I’ve barely slept. I ache all over. My back is so stiff it hurts to move. I’ve eaten an obscene amount of avocado on toast to fuel me through the morning. Why? Because once upon a time I lived in Germany. Expat princess and the pea Back in 2008 I was transported into another world. Angels gently massaged…
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