Top tips for newbie expats in London

I love London. Creative start ups, a fashion hotspot, fabulous restaurants and a buzzing cultural scene. London is where it’s at. Unless you’re new in town. For newbie expats it can feel like everyone’s away at a fabulous party, but your invitation got lost in the post. You hear colleagues waxing lyrical about an amazing new exhibition, before discovering tickets…
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Upcoming flight? You need to read these airport tips

If you thought you travel lots, meet my husband. A business traveller and expat by trade he once travelled up to 90%. Today he works in Nigeria, visits me in the UK, but Barcelona will always be home. Travelling with him is like a heavy night out with Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne combined. Our first international date saw us…
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Foodie Antwerp

I’m the fussiest eater and a sucker for a wacky diet (I once took advice from a ‘doctor’ and avoided blue food). As a near vegan married to a whisky slurping carnivore dining out can be tricky, but in Antwerp that’s because there is so much choice. You won’t have much time to eat here though. You’ll be whizzing round…
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How to repel mosquitoes (& wear a woolly jumper in Angola)

There are three things in life from which there is no escape. The Outnet sales emails (it wasn’t my fault, that handbag was made to be in my life), the folk behind the latest superfad at Wholefoods (‘really, this foul tasting powder only costs £30? I’ll take five bags!) and mosquitoes. The damn buggers follow me wherever I go. From…
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The lighter side of Brussels (no eurocrats included)

In my youth I lived in Brussels for a few years. By day I was a respectable assistant to an MEP. By night I danced, drank and feasted at a flatshare which fondly became known as The Duplex. One guy I met was very surprised I lived there. ‘Oh really? I thought that place was a bar,’ he said. Whether it was tango nights, group…
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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 Expater in Lausanne

I’ve written before about my love for Switzerland and perhaps I have Lausanne to thank for it. It’s not the most beautiful city in the country, although Switzerland’s zillion other instagrammable towns make that some task. It is perhaps one of the easiest places to live though. Photo by Nouhailler Ask a Lausannois about stress and they won’t mention pollution, crime, traffic or politics. If…
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Delhi: A Tale of Two Sisters

Meet sisters Rajika and Vartika. My friends share the same intoxicating laugh, the same crazy fast approach to life and I love them in equal measure, but if it were not for their identically huge almond eyes you wouldn’t know these bon vivants were actually sisters. Rajika favours offbeat adventure, Vartika the latest in luxury. Spend an evening with both of them and you’ll discover a…
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Sunday with an Expater in New York

Meet Rafa. An Expater in New York since 2006, Rafa hails from Barcelona and is a brand designer / art director by trade. A day spent with Rafa is a race through art, culture and technology, and the end destination is often surprising, generally innovative, and always very, very fun. In fact, my husband and I adore hanging out with this guy so much we even named…
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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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