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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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The lighter side of Brussels (no eurocrats included)

In my youth I lived in Brussels for a few years. By day I was a respectable assistant to an MEP. By night I danced, drank and feasted at a flatshare which fondly became known as The Duplex. One guy I met was very surprised I lived there. ‘Oh really? I thought that place was a bar,’ he said. Whether it was tango nights, group…
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Why all expats plan to stay three years (and never do)

Ask any expat how long they intend on staying and chances are they’ll reply three years. Just enough time to settle in before they get itchy feet. Three years is the perfect equation. Or to put it another way: Getting to know the city + making friends + painfully bureaucratic admin – starting to feeling a little bored – a burning desire for…
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10 things all returning British Expaters can relate to (and love)

My temporary stay back ‘home’ in the UK is taking longer than I envisaged. Some days I crave Delhi sunshine, at other times I miss Antwerp’s fashion scene and I often dream about the clean air of Lausanne. OK, yes, we’re on a downward path to Brexit but all is not lost just yet. Right now I’m really enjoying the UK……
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The Mary Poppins Hunt (or how to find and keep a great …

I used to scoff at parents with nannies. Cop outs, lazy bums, selfish meanies who put themselves above the wellbeing of their children. And then I became a mother. In truth, if you can afford it, a good nanny can strengthen the relationship with your children, as well as with your partner, your boss, your extended family… A good nanny can…
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