Wow, I’ve read my advance digital copy of Life on the Move and it’s fabulous. I loved all the stories. I was so interested to read the tales set in my home country, the UK, as they hold an interesting lens up to things I don’t normally pause to think about. However, after a combined 10 years living in Africa, the stories set there resonated the most for me. But truly, each story is in its own way is worthy of your time. Continue reading
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 antisocial and crabby. Continue reading
Life on the Move is a great project that I’m pleased to have played a tiny role in, alongside a formidable army of female writers. Our stories have been collected into this exciting new anthology and I have to say, I can’t wait to read it. I’m happy to tell you that there’s not long to wait, the book will be available mid-June 2019. Continue reading
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
Expat Pass the Parcel?
Read on to find out how you can enter this brilliant competition and win a mystery prize.
I’d forgotten that being left handed was a thing, but recently I have been reminded once again that left-handers are navigating a right handed world. Continue reading
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
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.
- Always expect the unexpected …and in South Africa always expect wildlife, anywhere and everywhere at any time.
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?
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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.