Top ten tips for German (and other European) Christmas markets

Contrary to what most British tabloid newspapers would lead to you believe, it is possible to be British and a Europhile. I love Germany almost as much as I love Christmas and I even chose my university degree based on Christmas market options. (I opted to spend a winter semester in Bavaria and my dissertation was fuelled by mulled wine).…
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The Best British Boarding Schools and ten tips for choosing among them

We’re preparing for our moving to Chile and while it’s been somewhat chaotic, at least we’ve escaped one headache. Right now my parent friends in the UK are undergoing the stressful and time consuming process that is called choosing a school. Mind you, we’re only dodging the stress momentarily. As soon as we hit Chilean soil, I’ll be in full…
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Sod it, the packing can wait

These last few weeks have been chaotic. The kids have been off nursery for three weeks due to a sickness bug. Three weeks. These last few days they’ve been healthy enough to run around, shout from the top of their lungs and need entertainment (Muuuuuuummy! We need play dough… Quickly!), but were possibly contagious, so we’ve had to keep them…
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Born abroad: how not to give birth as an expat

After giving birth most women slump into their beds exhausted, smiling for cute photos with the latest addition to their family. As for me, based in Switzerland and set to move to BelgiumĀ I was dealing with rental agencies. ‘Sorry, Madame you don’t seem to understand – I can’t show you around the apartment. I’m in hospital… I just had a…
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