Knocked up Abroad Again: An Announcement

Not Actually Knocked Up Abroad No, it's not that sort of announcement. I'm not expecting, but once upon a moonshine I was and hopefully you will soon be able read about the slightly less conventional road to parenthood that we traveled in Lagos, Nigeria in an actual book. It's A Book Baby Following on from Lisa Ferland's anthology … Continue reading Knocked up Abroad Again: An Announcement

Discover Johannesburg’s Sci Bono Discovery Centre

Sci Bono Discovery Centre is situated in an old power station in Johannesburg's Newtown. We've taken our kids a few times and they love it.  We hosted a birthday party there this morning, which included a guided tour of the best bits and an awesome exploding science show.  Quite a few of our guests had never … Continue reading Discover Johannesburg’s Sci Bono Discovery Centre

Cultural Conundrums in Constantinople

November 2011 - Istanbul Sultanahmet is the original heart of old Constantinople, now Istanbul.  This is THE area that draws tourists in the by the coach load.  The magnets being Topkapi Palace, the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar and Basilica Cisterns, all located within spitting distance of each other. It is the stuff of fairy … Continue reading Cultural Conundrums in Constantinople

Liter of Light: Hey Kids, DO Try This Science Project

Today's Liter of Light post is actually an easy little science project to make with your kids at home or in a classroom setting.  It's simple, inexpensive and quick.  It's neither dangerous nor messy and most importantly it works!  We decided to do test out this project when we were living in Johannesburg, South Africa. … Continue reading Liter of Light: Hey Kids, DO Try This Science Project

School Trips: Vodka, Mountain Roads, Crocodiles

I’m discovering that letting your child go on a school trip can be quite anxiety inducing. School trips used to be fairly anodyne (theatre, tortilla factory, flower festival, dairy, vet). However, the kids are getting older and we live in Africa. Just down the road we have a local attraction called Croc City. Yes, there … Continue reading School Trips: Vodka, Mountain Roads, Crocodiles

Suitcase Shopping

Sweetpea has grown. Her old wheelie case now bobs along uncomfortably on the floor and bashes her leg with every step. Time to buy a bigger one… After examining every single case, pocket, locking system and colour available in the shop, she settled on a hot pink number, which we took to the counter. Meanwhile Pickle … Continue reading Suitcase Shopping

Not so Plane Sailing

Have you ever flown with children?  Have you ever flown on your own with children?  Don’t unless you have to.  It is the curse of the expat wife.  I remember somebody once asking my husband what it was like to fly with the kids.  “Oh, it’s no bother”, he replied breezily.  Yes, that would be … Continue reading Not so Plane Sailing