Expatting vs Backpacking

Disclaimer: The following post is tongue in cheek.   I don’t have any prejudices against back-packers, it was rather a specific comment, by a specific person – known henceforth as Pinhead –  at a specific time, that inspired this little piece. Expat vs Backpack small globe with pin it it

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The Great Trek

Despite previous travel trials with the kids, I was almost looking forward to flying home this Christmas….almost.  A night flight with two well-seasoned little travellers, an unlimited supply of movies, plenty of white noise and a nip of wine (for me) to assist with fragmented sleep.  It should have been a piece of Christmas cake…

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In England’s Green and Pleasant Land

July 2014

Whenever we’ve been away from the UK for any length of time, the last line of William Blake’s Jerusalem comes to me unbidden and starts looping in my head as the plane circles above a patchwork of luscious green landscape below.     “In England’s green and pleasant land” chimes over and over in a happy way. Continue reading

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 because he’s never travelled solo with the children.  It is a real treat and I would like to share just a few of my highlights with you.  Continue reading