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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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Make the effort to see friends (& boost your survival rate by 50%)

Tomorrow I’m meeting Maryam, a friend of mine from Antwerp. She’s originally from the UK and I’m excited to see her during a whirlwind mini break back ‘home’. I was planning a three hour journey to see her, but she suggested meeting somewhere on the way, so I now only have a one hour trip to factor in. This got…
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Expat life is one big holiday

A friend recently asked me if I didn’t get tired of moving around so much and if I’d not prefer to settle down permanently in the UK. Umm, no. On the whole expat life is exciting, fun and at times, glamorous. Expat life turns the mundane into the educational, the fascinating or the downright hilarious. Trips to the post office…
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Frequent travel can damage your cornea and other life updates

Recently I went to a routine contact lens check up. Expecting to get the all clear, I was rummaging around nonchalantly for my lipgloss when the optician told me my cornea was badly swollen. Anything to do with eyes freaks me out a little. Eyes are more fragile than say, bones or limbs to me and eyeballs belong in Halloween…
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Swiss culture: Don’t cut your salad and other top tips

I lived in Switzerland for one glorious year. If you’re new to the country you may question my affection for my Helvetic friend. Your neighbours don’t like you, you get told off for mowing your lawn and your work colleagues stare at you when you eat. While it may seem like any other Schengen country, and while it feels European…
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