An Atheist’s Guide to Marrying A Religious Guy

One of the things I love most about my Expater friends is their sheer diversity and openness to other cultures. My address book is more multiculti than a Benetton ad. A good deal of them are with partners of other faiths. Recently a friend living in NYC asked how it was to get with a religious guy. Would the cultural…
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How to learn Spanish (and other foreign languages) fast

We’ve been in Chile nearly two months now. My Spanish has gone from terrible to borderline average. I studied French and German at university. I’m in an unrequited love affair with Arabic (I love the language, but it doesn’t seem to love my brain). I picked up some Dutch in Antwerp. I tried to learn basic Hindi prior to my…
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British expats – is this the single most annoying thing about life abroad?

Last week I was at the supermarket here in Chile. I chose an aisle because there was just one man in front with very few items. When asked to pay he took out a bag of coins and counted them out, one by one. ‘Oh, how much did you say?’ he asked. Then he started all over again. ‘Ah, wait……
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‘Oi, Fatty!’ and other Latin American terms of endearment

Recently I read a debate on a Brazilian forum about the use of ‘gordito‘ (fatty) as a term of endearment. It turns out that the phrase is in common use here in Chile too. At the supermarket, I heard a mother shout to her child ‘hey fatty, get over here,’ before plonking a big kiss on his forehead. I’ve also…
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How to do a long distance relationship

Last month I spent looking after my two kids on my own. My husband was a away in Chile, hunting out a good school and a home. As a couple we’d done the long distance relationship thing before, but it’s always tough. Sure, at times it’s been glamorous (yes darling, let’s meet in the Philippines), at times it’s been rather…
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