Expat Stereotypes to Avoid: Charity, Emma and Betty

Expat stereotypes, we all know them, we all love them.  We all love to hate them.  I previously wrote about three stereotypical expats who are unlikely to survive expat life.  And before you get all excited up on that high horse of yours, just take a little chill pill and know that this is entirely … Continue reading Expat Stereotypes to Avoid: Charity, Emma and Betty

Expat Life Through Rose Tinted Glasses

Rose tinted glasses soften and morph reality.  When it comes to expat life, from the outside our life may look perfect, but expectation and reality rarely tally. I didn't have actual rose tinted glass or lenses to use in my photographs, so in true expat style improvised with rosé filled ones. Yes, a certain amount … Continue reading Expat Life Through Rose Tinted Glasses

When Expat Life is Like A Cactus on the Roof

Yep, It's a Pretty Weird Blog Post Title Icebergs, people, cacti....you can't always see the full picture, maybe because your perspective is skewed or obscured.  Sometimes you have to go the extra mile and dig a little deeper (in this case inside my wheelie bin) to get the full story. The Cactus Ears These large … Continue reading When Expat Life is Like A Cactus on the Roof

Hair Raising and Hair Razing Expat Experiences Abroad

Getting a hair cut should be a fairly simple procedure and yet I have found it to be one of the lesser known, but very real challenges of expat life.  Plenty of expat blogs cover all the obvious, big ticket hurdles to being a successful and happy expat: emotional resilience, repatriation, culture shock, depression, leaving well … Continue reading Hair Raising and Hair Razing Expat Experiences Abroad

Why Expat Partners are Quite Like Dung Beetles

There’s always a bit of a brouhaha when it comes to labelling or describing expat partners. A few of the titles used include Expat Spouse, Expat Wife, Trailing Spouse, Trailblazing Spouse, Lady of Leisure, Lady that Lunches, Guy that Golfs, Excess Baggage or as my husband endearingly calls me Expensive Habit. None of the terms is perfect and … Continue reading Why Expat Partners are Quite Like Dung Beetles

Thokozani: A Happy Place

There is a great deal of poverty in South Africa and some expats choose to use their time here to do what they can to contribute to improving and empowering local communities through a variety of volunteer programs, fundraisers and initiatives.  All in all there are some fantastic expat projects going on. Today's guest post … Continue reading Thokozani: A Happy Place

Running an Expat Facebook Group: 10 Lessons

Founding and running and expat Facebook group has its perks and its pitfalls. Here are 10 things I've learnt from running Trailing Spouses Johannesburg (and yes, there are links at the end of the post). Why I Founded an Expat Facebook Group I am THAT woman. I don't know how it happened, but I am … Continue reading Running an Expat Facebook Group: 10 Lessons