Sarah Ryrie, Steinhausen

Sarah Ryrie
Expat Experiences - Switzerland

Who are you?

Sarah Ryrie, mum of two and wife to one(!). I am a full time mum and home-maker, though I do some freelance writing and blogging to keep me sane.

Where, when and why did you move abroad?

We moved to Steinhausen, Switzerland last summer as a consequence of a new role for my husband. The position came as a bit of a curve ball as my husband has worked for the same company for 15 years and this is the first time he has been offered an overseas position.

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

  Switzerland – Five Recommended Expat Blogs

Articles - Switzerland

At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at Switzerland and some of the bloggers who write about living there.

Europe Diaries

The blog of an expat from India who now lives by the Rhine, Europe Diaries is a comprehensive guide to moving to Switzerland and all the different experiences a new expat can expect to have there. Featuring local traditions such as the Basel carnival and the Heidelberg castle illuminations, Europe Diaries really gives a feel for what it's actually like to live in Switzerland. There are also posts about being an expat in general, from the joys of discovering English books in a foreign bookshop to how to get by when you don't speak the local language.   more ...

  Interview with Expat Author Diane Lemieux

Diane Lemieux
Interviews - 2015

Diane, please tell us a bit about yourself.

My name is Diane Lemieux. I’ve lived in 11 countries, including Canada where I was born, and Nigeria where I am now. I speak four languages (and studied two more that I have since forgotten). And I’ve been an ‘expat’ everything: kid, teenager, employee, student, mom, love-pat, re-pat… Most advice to new writers will include the adage: ‘write what you know’. So I write about cultures and global mobility. I also like to write about adventurous, creative and somehow international individuals who inspire me.   more ...

  5 Foods You Must Try When Living In The Czech Republic

Articles - Czech Republic

If food excites you and you’ve just decided that you’re moving to the Czech Republic, you can rest assured that you will have a good time, especially if you eat meat. Czech food today has a strong focus on meats, and there’s a rich and varied array of foods available, influenced not only by Czech traditions but by those of the Czech Republic’s neighbours – Germany, Austria, Slovakia, and Poland. Access to great food is incredibly easy to come by, and you could spend a lifetime exploring and savoring Czech cuisine alongside the country’s equally rich and varied tradition of beer. However, if you’re not sure where to begin, here are five dishes that you absolutely must try:   more ...

  Etiquette Faux Pas In France: How Not To Act

Articles - France

France is a land of great cultural diversity. The heart of the country, the city of Paris, is a perfect reflection of this with its mix of people and ideas. But like every other country in the world, there are some inherent cultural customs that are practised by the locals. These social practices date back many years and foreigners may not always be aware of them. Expats will find that social etiquette and formalities are more emphasized in the north of the country, especially in Paris. They are more relaxed as you travel to the south of France. Here are some common etiquette faux pas that may occur in France and some tips on how to avoid them.   more ...

  Tips For Staying Healthy In Italy: A Guide To Food And Fitness

Articles - Italy

There are many reasons why the Italians stay so healthy. There isn't a culture of abstaining from various foods here, but still most of them remain fit and also happy. There’s the famous Mediterranean diet full of the goodness of olive oil and fresh local produce, and also the fact that mealtimes in Italy are more like events where the focus is on savoring food as well as enjoying the company of family and friends. So it can be said that the secret to the Italians' health and wellbeing is their wholesome approach towards food and the healthy food choices they make quite naturally on a day-to-day basis. The good news is that you can do it too. Here are some food and fitness tips that will help you do as the Italians do, and make your stay in Italy a healthy one.   more ...

  Top Ten Insider Tips About Brussels

Articles - Belgium

Brussels bears the impressive reputation of being the de facto capital of Europe. This modern and cosmopolitan city is the abode of the institutions of the European Union and is the home of many diplomats, politicians and civil servants. The city’s place in global politics may be known the world over, but how much do we know about day-to-day life in Brussels? Here are some helpful insider tips for expats who will be making this city their new home.

1. Live like the locals
If you are looking for a uniquely Brussels experience, then St Gilles is where you should set up your home. This commune is a favorite among expats who work at the international companies in the area.   more ...

  Where Do Expats Choose To Live In Canada? An Overview Of Popular Locations

Articles - Canada

Canada is a welcoming country that offers its residents a high quality of life. Expats are drawn to the lush natural beauty, modern cities, stable economy and low crime rate that have always been hallmarks of the country. Canada shares a border with the United States, which only adds to its appeal. The state funded healthcare system that covers all citizens is another reason why Canada is one of the top choices among those looking to relocate. Canada is a large country, in fact the second largest in the world, with more than 10 million square kilometers of geography. Property hotspots can be found all across the region, from the rural areas and small towns to the major cities. Overseas residents usually opt for either holiday homes closer to nature or economic housing in the major cities. Here is an overview of some of the most popular locations in Canada.   more ...

  USA – Five Recommended Expat Blogs

Articles - United States (USA)

At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at the USA and some of the bloggers who write about living there.

Nouveau North Westerners

Written by two Australians who now live in Washington, Nouveau North Westerners is an eclectic blog that covers many different aspects of expat life. The 'Tourist In Our Own Town' section discusses fun things to do in Ellensberg, and there are other categories devoted to fashion, food, drinks and being thrifty. Of particular interest to expats, though, will be the 'Expat Life' series of posts, which features everything from beating jet lag to flag etiquette.   more ...

  Courtney Alkek, Brisbane

Expat Experiences - Australia

Who are you?

I am Courtney Alkek, an American expat who lives in Australia.

Where, when and why did you move abroad?

We moved to Brisbane, Australia in July of 2014 for my husband’s job.

What challenges did you face during the move?

Deciding what to bring, what to sell or donate and what to store was probably the most stressful part of the moving process.   more ...


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