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Single in the City – An expat novel

94 Comments 10 April 2013

I love reading novels about the place I’m going to visit, or the period of time I’m interested in or a lifestyle I’m curious about because they’re an entertaining way of getting to know the place or time or experience. A novel about being a new expat in Britain would have been very useful (and […]

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Creating moments with grandparents

5 Comments 23 October 2012

How does your child build a bond with grandparents who live thousands of miles away? Grandparent time for children of expats isn’t Saturday afternoon at the allotment with grandad or helping grandma make cakes for a couple of hours while mum does the shopping. There isn’t much of staying in dad’s old room or rebuilding […]

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Silly things expats do

21 Comments 10 October 2012

Sometimes I do this thing, I guess it could be called a game, where I pretend I’m a stranger here in the UK. Or maybe I’m reminding myself I’m not from here. Less of a game and more of a reality check? I step back, I put myself in that awkward foreign position, behind the […]

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GCSE’s and mountains out of molehills

4 Comments 08 September 2012

It occurred to me this summer that I only have four more years left with my daughter at home. I watched the pages of calendars flip ‘flt-t-t-t-t-t’ past in a cartoon blur of motion as I saw my time with her escape me. In  a subconscious effort to slow that page-flipping calendar I didn’t do […]

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What makes perfect partner for an expat?

7 Comments 27 August 2012

You fall in love with someone from another country and decide to move to that person’s country. It will be an adventure! Your love will conquer all! You will visit home and your family and friends will visit you! You’ll get homesick, sure, but it will pass and you will make a wonderful life with […]

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Expat life: finding substitutes

27 Comments 06 July 2012

As part of my expat life I accept that I will not be celebrating the same things–or in the same way, as I did at home. I don’t always celebrate the Fourth of July (American Independence Day to the readers who aren’t American) but this year my husband said “do you want to go out […]

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6 Tips for Coping with Homesickness

15 Comments 13 October 2011

Homesickness is different to culture shock even though it can happen at the same time. Homesickness is the hollow feeling from deep inside that you sense can only be filled with the things you formed your life around previously–the daily hum outside your house, the scents from your street, the casual hello from a neighbour […]

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13 tips to cope with culture shock

19 Comments 06 October 2011

One of the most isolating, frustrating things that an expat can experience is culture shock. Culture shock happens to us all–and what some people don’t know (or realise) is that culture shock can also happen when we return from a visit to the homeland, not just when we first move to a new country. An […]

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How Living Overseas Has Changed Me

31 Comments 10 November 2010

I am certain I am different because of my expat experience, and here’s why: By the way, this is not the same as ‘Why Everyone Should Live Overseas.’ 1. National Pride Living overseas has helped me to understand national pride in other countries, helped me to feel the greatness of other nations, and helped me […]

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