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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How to Make a Temporary Apartment Feel Like Home

Like many expats, I’ve lived in some weird and wonderful places, everywhere from glorified country manors to less salubrious student squats. While you hunt for your next expat abode the temporary apartment stopover can be pretty depressing. Here are some tips to make your place feel more like home. Photo by State Farm   Clean. Before you start unpacking make sure your new…
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The Japanese Art of Decluttering for Expats

My father has never lived abroad. He recently remarked how us expats must enjoy a life of blissful tidiness and simple luxuries. After our sixth, seventh, umpteenth move it was a fair assumption that we’d have homed our decluttering skills and be living with only our dearest possessions. But most don’t. Most, like me, move their crap from one country…
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