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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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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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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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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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Pregnancy and birth tips from The Virtual Midwife

Life as a mother-to-be can be confusing, lonely and stressful. We’re bombarded with conflicting information on the internet, force fed advice we don’t even ask for and excluded from our social circles just because we can’t stay awake to party like it’s 1990. And wine is off limits. Add cultural issues and subtract friends and family you’ve got yourself an…
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