Expat, Kids, Nigeria, parenting, Travel with kids

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

Lagos yellow bus fridge magnet Nigeria
Lagos, Nigeria

Moving to Lagos? Get the Lowdown on the Lingo. (Part II)

As promised, here is Part II of my A-Z of Lagos Lingo.  If you haven't read Part I yet, click here. N-Z of Lagos Lingo N is for NEPA plc The Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHC or PHCN) used to be called the National Electric Power Authority (NEPA plc).  Due to the frequent power… Continue reading Moving to Lagos? Get the Lowdown on the Lingo. (Part II)

Expat, Food, Lagos, Recipes

Action Barbie’s Failsafe Focaccia Recipe

It's possible that this will be the first and only recipe I'll ever share with you, but it's a goodie and has been a lifesaver over the years. I’m a reluctant cook and love to have a few cheeky tricks up my sleeve. When I say I’m a reluctant cook, preparing a meal for guests… Continue reading Action Barbie’s Failsafe Focaccia Recipe

Electricity, Expat Life

The Dark Continent

In the 19th century, maps of Africa charted the coastal areas, but the interior, as yet a mystery to European explorers, was left blank…or dark.  The romantic name ‘The Dark Continent’ was coined and is still used to this day although in our case we use it in a different context….. Earlier in the year, after… Continue reading The Dark Continent

Easter, Eggs, Expat Life

Let’s Talk about Eggs

It’s Easter today, so I thought a quick little eggy post was in order. In Lagos the Easter eggs used to melt and go hard, melt and go hard, melt and go hard. By the time you got your hands on them they were often deformed, out of date and had that attractive mottled quality… Continue reading Let’s Talk about Eggs

Expat Life, Kids, Travel

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

Expat Life, Food

South Africa: One Potato, Two Potato, Three Potato, Four

Five Potato, Six Potato, Seven Potato, More... Years ago I remember a South African friend waxing lyrical about the amazing potatoes in Nigeria. At the time I thought it was a bit odd. They were perfectly nice potatoes, but nothing to write home about, (and yet ironically here I am writing about Lagos potatoes a… Continue reading South Africa: One Potato, Two Potato, Three Potato, Four

Expat Life

Welcome to Expatorama

Expat :     A person living in a foreign land and anything pertaining to life as an expat. -orama :  A handy bit you can add to the end of a word meaning "wide view of” or “spectacular display of”. My wide-view-of-expat-life credentials include stints living in The Netherlands, Thailand, Lagos, Istanbul, Johannesburg and now Hong… Continue reading Welcome to Expatorama