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Skosh, York: fine dining for toddlers (and their mums)

For months I’ve been reading review after review harping on about an amazing restaurant on my doorstep, Skosh in York. Even the Simon Cowell of food critics Jay Rayner gave it a thumbs up. I’ve been desperate to try it for so long. Alas it’s the school holidays and I have my kids with me. A couple of days ago…
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How to get an ID card in Antwerp and other essential grey …

The single thing I hate most about expat life is bureaucracy. I throw my arms up in the air, stomp my feet and shout ‘this country is so [insert expletive] ridiculous’ as a matter of course on every move. I love Antwerp. I love its shops, its restaurants, but boy, I hate the bureaucracy. For anyone moving to Belgium’s fashion…
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Private Medical Insurance? Your child’s health is still with Britain’s …

I have two sons, one is called Sebastian and the other Rafa. The eldest, Sebastian, was recently caught in a nasty accident and narrowly avoided having at least one finger amputated. The emergency workers, nurses, doctors, anaesthetists and surgeons were incredible throughout and it’s thanks to them that he’s back to normal today. I’ve witnessed emergency care in developing countries…
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Sunday with an Expater in Hiroshima

Most tourists to Japan don’t visit Hiroshima. Or at least they don’t visit the real Hiroshima. If they do bother to stop by, they’ll generally look in on the Peace Memorial Museum, munch on some sushi and take the bullet train back to Tokyo. However, if you’re reading this then most likely you’re keen to see a different side. As…
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10 tips for never-ending cash on holiday (or at least a card that …

‘Dear J, I’m sorry not to have written before, I didn’t have money for a stamp…’  This is how I wrote to a friend on my first trip abroad as a teenage expat. I’d just moved to Osnabrück, Germany, to study for a couple of semesters and the bad news was that none of my bank cards were working. The…
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