How you’ve got your swimwear all wrong

Chances are that like me, you’ve been getting your swimwear all wrong. You skip off to a department store, pick out some bright stringy scraps of lycra, then remember that unlike the prepubescent model in the ad, you like carbs and wine. Personally, after many shamefully drawn out holidays (including several gap yahs) I’m beginning to realise that there’s much…
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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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10 signs you’ve been an expat too long

I reckon I could be an expat for all of my life. Great Britain really is great, but I have no burning desire to lay my ashes to rest there. While I’ve always relished my expat adventures, certain telltale signs let me know when I’m need of an expat detox back home. Sound familiar? Your temporary apartment is so ill…
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My expat work experience – the good, the bad and the ugly

I’ve lived and worked in many countries, both paid and voluntary, for some amazingly inspirational people as well as some downright awful tyrants. My boss in Angola was incredibly down to earth, his clients less so. My tasks included making him look ‘damn important’ in front of poncy Luanda bankers. While he sat drinking his maté, I’d run around pretending…
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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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