Expat Stereotypes to Avoid – Charity Charity, Entrepreneurial Emma and Botox Betty

Stereotype Expat Stereotypical the charity lady, the botox lady and the entrepreneur

Meet Emma, Charity and Betty.  They look so harmless, don’t they?

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 tongue in cheek.

After all, there is bound to be a little bit of the ‘doomed expat spouses‘, Hilda, Pauline and Nellie, in all of us. Equally, many of us have had our Charity, Emma and Betty moments.  We all need to take ourselves with a pinch of the proverbial.  So sprinkle that salt and read on about these three expats you are almost certain to meet on a posting and might want to avoid.

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Discover Johannesburg’s Top Hikes

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Hedianga Hike 15km – “We love hiking with dogs.”                                                                                                                                 Photo Credit: Becci Monge

For a city as gritty as Johannesburg, you might be surprised to find out just how many fab hiking spots there are in and around it.  My friend, American expat Becci Monge has kindly written a guest post with her top local hiking picks.

Becci got hooked on hiking last year when she decided (and by the way successfully succeeded – enormous kudos to you Becci and the rest of the Jo’burg based She-Trek team) to summit Mount Kilimanjaro. In preparation for Kili, the She-Trekkers explored (and continue to explore) the best hiking spots on offer in our local area.

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Hair Raising and Hair Razing Experiences Abroad

Hair raising experience abroad bad haircut for expat so wearing a paper bag over my head

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 etc.  But there are plenty of lesser known hurdles we face as we ricochet around the globe and getting a decent haircut is firmly on that list.

Whether I’ve asked  for ‘a trim’ or ‘the same but shorter’ or shown a picture from a magazine or a photograph of my own hair I seem to have had more than my fair share of awful expat haircuts than I care to mention.  Here are a few of my lowlights…. Continue reading

Expat Ladies who Lunch

Expat ladies who lunch ladies of leisure

It’s what you think we expats spouses do all the time, isn’t it?  Go out for lunch and have a jolly old time. Well, yes, sometimes we do.  After all, we are the expat ladies who lunch.

Here is a group photo of our international ladies social club taking a morning walking tour, followed by – you guessed it – lunch.  It took place on a weekday when our children were at school, our husbands at work and in many cases a house helper was doing the cleaning or ironing in our homes.  I know what you’re thinking…. Continue reading

Lucky Stars

Yesterday was International Women’s Day.   You know what?  I nearly missed it.  My Mother-in-Law happened to mention it on Skype, which got me thinking over dinner.  Dinner, I might add, that Mr Incredible whipped up on the braai for us.  Mr Incredible who had just returned from a business trip 1000’s of miles away.  He had left me un-chaperoned in vast city full of vices for 10 days.  It’s easy to forget that our grandmothers did not have these freedoms and shocking to realise, particularly as an expat, that many of the women on our beautifully scrubbed doorsteps still don’t. Continue reading