Find out who our Expat Pass the Parcel Winners Are

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What’s in the Mystery Box? Please note this is not the actual prize – this is for illustrative purpose only.

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The Expat Pass the Parcel COMPETITION

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What’s in the Mystery Box? Please note this is not the actual prize – this is for illustrative purposes only.

 

Expat Pass the Parcel?  

Read on to find out how you can enter this brilliant competition and win a mystery prize.  

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A Squash and A Squeeze (minus the livestock)

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Hong Kong is an exciting city.  It’s completely different to anywhere else we’ve lived. There are things that we like, things that we love and things we’re still getting used to.  One of the biggest adjustments when moving from almost anywhere else in the world to Hong Kong  is the bijou nature of the accommodation.  It’s shall we say….efficiently compact.    Continue reading

What was Hong Kong’s Biggest Super Typhoon like?

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On our expat travels we’ve experienced a few hairy moments. There have been riots, petrol shortages, a political coup, contentious elections, minor earthquakes and an unexpectedly severe hail storm in Johannesburg. Now we can add Super Typhoon to the list. Toto, we are DEFINITELY not in Joburg any more.

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Untethered – Or how Expat Life is like Camping

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This photo first appeared on the post Johannesburg’s Top Hikes.  Credit Becci Monge.

Expats often talk about feeling like they are in limbo.  Much of the limbo feeling is to do with the uncertainty that accompanies an impending international relocation.   When it’s time to move on, the juggling act of trying to seamlessly line up new jobs, schools and housing with your shipment timed to arrive as you get the keys to your new pad is a mammoth task.  It’s how I imagine living on quicksand might feel, all the goal posts shifting at the same time but in different directions, leaving you with a queasy sinking feeling.

Alongside limbo, I find that there is another feeling that can blindside you when you are in the throes of moving. It’s both liberating and terrifying. It’s a strange feeling of being completely detached and disconnected from the day-to-day life that you have been so busy building, a feeling of being cut loose and utterly untethered.

What do I mean by untethered and what on earth has it got to do with camping?

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Out of Africa

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It’s been woefully quiet on the blog front.  Woefully, pitifully quiet.  That’s because during the long summer break, we’ve been in transit.  It was our turn to pack up, ship out and move on.  After five fabulous years, the sun has set on our South African adventure.  It has been a huge wrench to say goodbye.

Since those first stumbling days where one child got a little too up close and personal with a lion cub and the other innocently asked whether Nelson Mandela was the guy on the red and white KFC boxes our kids have learned, experienced and grown (quite literally, height wise they are both catching up with me at an alarming rate) an enormous amount   They’ve encountered  many of the wild residents of African bush, learned about the unfairness of apartheid, ridden an ostrich and can recite the alphabet in Zulu.

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Penguins, Roadworks and Peeping Toms

Here are just a few of the most unusual and memorable signs we’ve encountered in South Africa.  In many ways they reflect our experiences here.

 

  1.  Always expect the unexpected …and in South Africa always expect wildlife, anywhere and everywhere at any time.
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Watch out for the poor little penguins.

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