Find out who our Expat Pass the Parcel Winners Are

Gift Box with Metallic Ribbon

What’s in the Mystery Box? Please note this is not the actual prize – this is for illustrative purpose only.

Expat Pass the Parcel is officially closed and we have three lucky winners.  Please watch the live draw below to find out if it’s YOU.  Is it you?  I hope it’s you. Continue reading

The Expat Pass the Parcel COMPETITION

Gift Box with Metallic Ribbon

What’s in the Mystery Box? Please note this is not the actual prize – this is for illustrative purposes only.

 

Expat Pass the Parcel?  

Read on to find out how you can enter this brilliant competition and win a mystery prize.  

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Hong Kong Living, A Squash and A Squeeze (minus the livestock)

Hong Kong living can be a squash and a squeeze, skyscrapers make up the skyline filled with small apartments.

Hong Kong is an exciting city.  It’s completely different to anywhere else we’ve lived. There are things that we like, things that we love and things we’re still getting used to.  One of the biggest adjustments when moving from almost anywhere else in the world to Hong Kong  is the bijou nature of the accommodation.  It’s shall we say….efficiently compact.    Continue reading

Penguins, Roadworks and Peeping Toms

Here are just a few of the most unusual and memorable signs we’ve encountered in South Africa.  In many ways they reflect our experiences here.

 

  1.  Always expect the unexpected …and in South Africa always expect wildlife, anywhere and everywhere at any time.
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Watch out for the poor little penguins.

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Visiting or Moving to South Africa? Here’s how you can get Culture Smart!

Culture Smart South Africa front cover of book.

Culture Smart! has updated their guide to South Africa and as part of their first ever blog tour, promoting updated and brand new titles, I was invited to take a sneak preview.

What is Culture Smart!?

The concept of the Culture Smart! book series is similar to traditional travel guides in that they cover the basics of geography, history, language, climate and so forth. However, rather than accommodation, restaurant and sightseeing listings, Culture Smart! focusses on culture, customs and traditions.  This is for the traveller who wants to travel easily without offending local sensibilities.

 

What can I expect from Culture Smart! South Africa?

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Farewell 2017, Hello 2018

On Blouberg Strand

Farewell 2017, Hello 2018

The holiday is over and it’s back to reality.  New posts are already in the works.  In the meantime, just incase 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.

  1. Ponte Tower – A Tale of Glamour, Garbage and Gritty Regeneration.  I read about Ponte Tower before moving to South Africa and was intrigued – an unusual hollow cylindrical building with a checkered history.  I didn’t realise you could visit the tower until early last year.  The tour is fascinating and I highly recommend it if you’re in town (i.e. Johannesburg).
  2. Hair Raising and Hair Razing Experiences Abroad.  This post falls under  ‘lesser known challenges of expat life’ that don’t normally get covered on expat blogs.  Getting a haircut may be a lesser known challenge and yet the struggle is real.
  3. Expat Life Through Rose Tinted Glasses.  This was a fun post to write, it involved wine and LEGO.  When it comes to expat life, not everything is always as rosy as it seems.

     

The most read post ever is Why Expat Partners are Like Dung Beetles – a post basically detailing how completely awesome both expat partners and dung beetles are.

An A to Z of Expat Life From Armpit of the Earth to Moving

A is For

The Armpit of the Earth

This would be an affectionate name for a really tough posting that will only be undertaken by the most badass of expats.  It’s a term to describe the furthest flung, most chaotic, challenging and maddening places on the face of the planet.

A is also for Airplanes and Airports

We often become overly familiar with these.  Any glamour we previously associated with international travel will quickly lose its’ shine, especially if frequently travelling solo with young children. Continue reading

Backyard Safari

South African wildlife is off the scale, but you don’t even have to go on safari to experience it, there is plenty (sometimes a little too much) right here in our neighbourhood backyard.

I’ve variously written about and/or where possible photographed the spiders, snakes, birds and the scorpion that we’ve encountered around the estate and occasionally in our home.  However, I’d never managed to get a really good look at our resident monitor lizard, until now…
Check out this bad boy heading off to chomp on his fish.  He (or could it a be a she?) lives just down at the end of our road in a small nature reserve where I walk our dog.  Easily two metres or more from top to tail, he could easily be mistaken for some kind of small crocodile.

 

What the most ‘exciting’ wildlife encounter you’ve had in your neighbourhood?

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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