White Eggs and Ham, American I Am: Seeking A Yankee Easter In South Africa


Marla Sink Druzgal
Columnists - Marla Sink Druzgal

“I wish I could find white eggs in South Africa” I complained to a South African friend one day. I had spent the previous week going from grocery store to grocery store, finding nothing but brown eggs.

In the states I loved seeking out brown eggs to add variety to our colors of dyed Easter eggs. Brown eggs take on pretty earth tones in the dye. The Easter before we moved to South Africa, I even found a local farmer with eggs from an Americaus chicken (aka the “Easter Egg Chicken”) which naturally produces eggs in shades of blue and green!
She looked at me incredulously: “But white eggs are everywhere now, because of Easter!” My eyes lit up and I began interrogating her on where I might find them. She pointed to the nearest grocery store.   more ...

  A Month in the Life of an English Writer in Tuscany - March Reflections


June Finnigan
Columnists - June Finnigan

The continuing adventures of June Finnigan, her Man, and Farty Barty the cat.

Benvenuto to all my Loyal and New Followers

On the 2nd March, I returned to beautiful Tuscany, after a brief visit to the London Author Fair, loaded up with a bag full of leaflets and new ideas for marketing my books. I quickly cracked on with my second novel ‘The Bolivian Connection’ and by the end of the week had enthusiastically written two more chapters. Over coffee in Fiano, I told my man about the cost of having my books translated into Italian and that they calculate the price on the number of characters, not words!   more ...

  Australia – Five Recommended Expat Blogs


Articles - Australia

At Expat Focus, we read a lot of articles about adjusting to a new country, but many of our featured bloggers this week have had to adjust to a whole new hemisphere. The bloggers below discuss moving Down Under, becoming an Australian citizen and what it’s like to celebrate Christmas in the summer.   more ...

  Deborah and Jon, Bangalore


Expat Experiences - India

Who are you?

We are a family of three – Deborah, Jon and Myles (11) – originally from Toronto, Canada but our home is in London, UK.

Where, when and why did you move abroad?

We moved to Bangalore, India in September 2013. The timing and location were ideal for us. Deborah had been director of a campaigning charity in London and was looking for more opportunities to build something ‘on the ground’ rather than fighting politicians. Jon had recently received an MA in Creative Writing and was craving time to write on a full-time basis. Myles was old enough to appreciate living abroad and young enough to move without too many home ties.   more ...

  Costa Rica vs. Ecuador, Which Country Is Your Best Retirement Option?


Shannon Enete
Columnists - Shannon Enete

Part I - Immigration

Year after year, International Living, Forbes, and hundreds of other publications release a list of the best places to retire. Do you believe that one retirement destination fits all? Where you spend your golden years is an extremely personal and variable. One expat-to-be may place a warm climate at the top of their list. Another places cost of healthcare above all. Ever since I published Becoming an Expat: Costa Rica, the questions have poured in.   more ...

  Deconstructing Denglisch


Courtney Martin
Columnists - Courtney Martin

Most Germans begin learning English in school at just six years old. This means that by the time they reach their teenage years, many Germans are fluent. Add to this the popularity of American films and music throughout this country, and it is completely natural that Germans have begun to use so many English words in their day-to-day speech.

This German/English mashup is known as Denglisch, which is Deutsch (German) and Englisch (English) squished together. The biggest culprit of using Denglisch in Germany has to be advertisers. Although, do not be fooled into thinking it is only the American companies that do this. For example, this is a line from a famous commercial that my German boyfriend likes to sing:   more ...

  Lynda Martinez, Dubai


Lynda Martinez
Expat Experiences - United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Who are you?

I am a daughter (4th of 5), sister, wife, mom of 3, aunt of 9, photography enthusiast, and former high school teacher from Texas living in Dubai.

Where, when and why did you move abroad?

We moved to the UAE in late 2010 because my husband’s company transferred him to Dubai.

What challenges did you face during the move?

Opening a bank account where I could be added to my husband’s account proved surprisingly complicated.   more ...

  14 Ways to help you Adjust to Life Abroad


GoAbroad Philippines Content Team
Articles - General

by Elsa Thomasma

Moving across the world, beyond the borders of your homeland, can be one of the most challenging adjustments of your life. But through challenges there is growth and enormous opportunities for personal success. The first few weeks, and days for that matter, will be difficult no doubt, so remember to take things one step at a time. Try your best to adjust a little more each day, to the new city, culture, climate, and cuisine, and truly immerse yourself.

Don’t just flock to the foreigners

Yes, they are familiar and may bring you comfort, but stay away!   more ...

  Christopher GJ Cooley, Bordeaux


Christopher GJ Cooley
Expat Experiences - France

Who are you?

My name is Christopher GJ Cooley, I come from the South-West of England.

Where, when and why did you move abroad?

I have lived abroad before but on this occasion I moved to Bordeaux at the end of summer in 2013. The main reason was to learn a second language.

What challenges did you face during the move?   more ...

  5 Things You Should Do When Living In Brazil (And 1 You Definitely Shouldn't)


Olinda
Articles - Brazil

Brazil draws a considerable number of foreigners each year and many of them go on to make the country their home. The many employment opportunities in the big cities, the cultural diversity and friendly nature of the Brazilians make living here a rich and enjoyable experience for many expats. There are many uniquely Brazilian experiences and activities that no expat should miss during their time in this vibrant land. Here are five things you really must do when in Brazil - and the one thing you’re better off not doing!   more ...

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