While many businesses are struggling in these unusual times, this is a shoutout to 5 entrepreneurial expat/repat women who have launched exciting and diverse projects in spite of, or inspired by the corona crisis. Read on to discover; a luxurious range of candles, a lifestyle book, handy lockdown apps, a crowdfunding scholarship and African inspired… Continue reading Expat Entrepreneurs: Lockdown Stories
I can tell the kids are tired and ready for a break. For the last couple of weeks, getting them up for school has been increasingly tricky. At the weekend it felt like herding slugs just convincing them to get dressed head out to the supermarket. I know I'm ready for a break. I'm feeling… Continue reading On why the First Year is the Worst Year for Expats
This photo first appeared on the post Johannesburg's Top Hikes. Credit Becci Monge. What do I mean by untethered and what on earth has expat life got to do with camping? 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… Continue reading Untethered Expats: On how Expat Life is like Camping
The holiday is over and it's back to reality. New posts are already in the works. In the meantime, just in case you missed them the first time around or just really really want to read them again, here's a quick round-up of Expatorama's top posts from 2017. Ponte Tower I had read about the… Continue reading Farewell 2017, Hello 2018
If we're not careful The Lost Art of Letter Writing will soon be a reality. Today I received a handwritten card from a friend who is far away. She's from New Zealand, I'm from the UK. I currently live in South Africa and she recently moved from here to Asia. It made my day. The… Continue reading The Lost Art of Letter Writing
Although I very recently lampooned a fictional stereotypical expat called Charity Charity who is hopelessly devoted to helping all the causes, in reality I have a great deal of respect for the expats who go out and make a genuine difference to their host country. Expat Leslie Randolph is someone who has done just that. She is… Continue reading Walking the Walk with Lawyers Against Abuse
Do you think you're a hardcore badass full-fat expat? Let's find out. A few days ago I shared a link to a recent Business Insider article entitled 'The 19 countries with the worst quality of life in the world for expats.' I soon had friends and readers telling me how many years they'd spent in… Continue reading Are you a badass expat? Take this quick quiz to find out.
On why expat partners and trailing spouses are pretty flipping fantastic.
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
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