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Why Being an Expat is Good for the Soul

Why Being an Expat is Good for the Soul

The truth is, that I learned how to open myself up to the world at an early age. My parent’s expats adventures in the Middle East and the United States meant that as a child, I was always dreaming of…

Helpful or a Hindrance? Multilingual Parents Raising Multilingual Children

Helpful or a Hindrance? Multilingual Parents Raising Multilingual Children

I know what you’re thinking. How could being a multilingual parent, be a hindrance in your quest to raise multilingual children? How could it be anything but beneficial? After all, you are in a unique position to understand your children’s…

No Job, New Country, Zero Friends – Why Do I Keep Signing Up For This?”

No Job, New Country, Zero Friends – Why Do I Keep Signing Up For This?”

Each time I move to a new country, I usually spend the first month (or two!) asking myself the same question:  “what the @#$#$#% am I doing here?” Friendless, jobless and clueless is usually a pretty succinct description of me…

Give Yourself an Expat Pep-Talk

Give Yourself an Expat Pep-Talk

I was standing in the middle of the grocery store, holding my shopping cart, having what could only be described as a nervous breakdown. All because I couldn’t, for the life of me, remember what bread crumbs were called in…

What A Bedouin Taught Me About Being a Nomad

What A Bedouin Taught Me About Being a Nomad

I was a hot, sticky mess. Only 3 hours in the desert and my mind had gone still. Still from the silence around me, but also still from the lack of thoughts in my brain. As far as my eyes…

The Best Bits From A Life Lived Abroad

The Best Bits From A Life Lived Abroad

As expats, we always say that living abroad changes us. Living in a foreign country teaches us valuable lessons, about ourselves and about the local culture and customs, which we experience first-hand. Different countries teach us different lessons. Sometimes, even…

10 THINGS I LEARNED FROM BEING PREGNANT IN 3 COUNTRIES

10 THINGS I LEARNED FROM BEING PREGNANT IN 3 COUNTRIES

For the past few years, my husband and I have unknowingly and totally unconsciously started a new tradition: each time we moved as expats, we combined our international move with an international pregnancy. As a result I kept starting a…

WHY TAKING A CHILD-FREE HOLIDAY WAS THE BEST THING I COULD’VE DONE THIS SUMMER

WHY TAKING A CHILD-FREE HOLIDAY WAS THE BEST THING I COULD’VE DONE THIS SUMMER

Until the very last second, I wasn’t sure if I would go. I berated myself for making this incredulous plan to begin with. Deciding in theory to take a few kid-free days to ourselves to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary…

THE HIERARCHY OF WORLD LANGUAGES – MY EXPERIENCES FROM THE EXPAT TRAIL

THE HIERARCHY OF WORLD LANGUAGES – MY EXPERIENCES FROM THE EXPAT TRAIL

  Languages fascinate me. But from as far as I can remember, I took the ability to speak more than 1 language completely for granted. It wasn’t until I became an expat and met my husband-to-be and built a life…

LA DOLCE VITA: My Experience of Marrying into an Italian Family

LA DOLCE VITA: My Experience of Marrying into an Italian Family

My Italian story starts, like most good stories do, with an Italian boy of course. Our first encounter was at a student orientation meeting in a university class, in the Southern English city of Brighton. When I asked him where…