Best books for children to learn English

We’ve had a huge clear out, our stuff is packed for Chile and we’re surviving with the basics. We’ve packed away our books too, including our children’s top reads, but have been making up for our loss with extra visits to our local library. One book didn’t make it to the packing boxes however – a Spanish / English children’s dictionary…
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Partied Out Skin? Try these face masks for a radiant complexion

The festive season is upon us. A time to drink and be merry. And if your life is anything like mine, to wake up the following morning with a toddler jumping next to your (sore) head and skin drier than last night’s martinis. I love Christmas, but my skin doesn’t. To compensate, here are three of my favourite face masks…
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Worth the journey: a new luxury spa in Switzerland opens its doors

Thermal baths, hot springs, infinity pools spilling over onto glacial mountain vistas. Switzerland knows how to do a good spa. From luxury hotel spas, including the aptly named Grand Resort Bad Ragaz, to the oh so chic Alpina Gstaad, and more democratic wellness centers such as Sole Uno Wellness-Welt near Basel, Switzerland has it all. And now a new destination…
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The British are weird – customs and etiquette for surviving British culture

Carpets in bathrooms, apologising when we’re not really sorry, and endless talk about the weather. Yes, we Brits are weird. My husband is Spanish and despite being married to a Brit and having lived in the UK himself, there are a few traditions and customs he just can’t get his head round. For any expats in the UK, here’s a…
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Top ten tips for German (and other European) Christmas markets

Contrary to what most British tabloid newspapers would lead to you believe, it is possible to be British and a Europhile. I love Germany almost as much as I love Christmas and I even chose my university degree based on Christmas market options. (I opted to spend a winter semester in Bavaria and my dissertation was fuelled by mulled wine).…
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Gift ideas: Best luxury beauty travel kits

I travel regularly and Expaters, I’m sure you do to. I like to keep a suitcase under the bed ready to go, just in case. After all, Paris is always a good idea. After travelling a fair amount for my last job and even more as an expat, I now keep a couple of travel beauty sets for last minute…
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Top tips for the best expat insurance

I’ve lost one of my favourite rings. The stone is quite large so I take it off to sleep and it usually rests undisturbed on my bed side table until the following morning. My toddler has a habit of ‘tidying’ my keys, phone and anything which I value into the bin and I can only guess that my ring has…
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The Best British Boarding Schools and ten tips for choosing among them

We’re preparing for our moving to Chile and while it’s been somewhat chaotic, at least we’ve escaped one headache. Right now my parent friends in the UK are undergoing the stressful and time consuming process that is called choosing a school. Mind you, we’re only dodging the stress momentarily. As soon as we hit Chilean soil, I’ll be in full…
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Definition of an Expat vs immigrant

One of my readers recently asked me what the whole ‘Expater’ thing was about. In answer to her question, I wanted to create a term which better encapsulated what my fellow land hopping adventurers and I are all about. The term ‘expat’ is rather vague and dull. It also gets itself muddled in politicized scuffles with ‘immigrant’ and ‘migrant’. All in…
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World Vegan Month: It’s not the meat that will kill you

This November it’s World Vegan Month and I’ve been thinking about different diets around the world. I’ve been vegetarian most of my expat life and then I had to give up dairy when I found out that my son whom I was breastfeeding had a cow’s milk protein allergy. After years as a British milk slurping, American ice cream guzzling,…
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