Cost of living
Australia used to be a far more affordable destination than countries like the US or UK. However, the cost of living has gone up in recent times especially in the major cities. more ...
Belgium or Bust
A Navy wife and mother living in Mons, Zosia’s blog provides an insight into what it’s like to be a parent in a new country. Her ‘Must See Destinations in Europe’ section is a great resource if you’re new to the area and want to see as much as you can. And while you’re there, be sure to check out the recipe section for tips on healthy and delicious cooking. more ...
The crux of the matter was that in 1689 the English Bill of Rights forbade the imposition of taxes without the consent of Parliament. So how could all these expats in this new land, who had no representation in Parliament, be taxed by Parliament?
That idea was simply unjust. more ...
Our village of El Hoyo is too small to warrant its own swimming pool, but we’re not far from a larger neighbouring village that does. The beach, too, is a similar distance away but in the opposite direction.
“Beach or swimming pool?” I asked Joe.
“Beach, I think,” said Joe. “You pack the swimming stuff and I'll find the snorkels.” more ...
Benvenuto to all my Loyal and New Followers
As you know, we ended June with a fantastic Rock Concert Garden Party. It was a brilliant evening, the band performed outstandingly, reminding me just how lucky I am to have such talented musicians in the Rock Chick Band. I would like to quickly say, before moving on to July, a big thank you to the band, particularly Stefano Bartalesi, the lead guitarist and organiser, and to all our friends and followers for their support, amazing dancing and appreciation of good wine and food. more ...
I didn’t realise the significance of the case of lager we were carrying nor did I know its real worth until we hit a ‘road block’ after crossing the Natal border with Transkei. The border post was manned by a handful of soldiers, each of whom was brandishing an AK47 with all the care that a child would handle a water pistol. This was no regular road block and the soldiers (I use the term loosely) were clearly not highly trained or disciplined military.
Despite the heat of the night my skin quickly began to feel decidedly chilly and a prickly sensation settled on the back of my neck. more ...
We had chosen to move to Panama in part because we’d have access to potable water. So when we learned the drinking water supply for most of the Azuero Peninsula was contaminated with Atrazine, we were pretty upset.
At the same time, we’d recently returned from a five-week visit to the US where we got to see lots of friends and family and attend the graduations of two of our kids from college. My husband’s family has been exerting steady pressure for a while, wanting us to return to the US. more ...
It was a year ago this time that I was planning our first big South African adventure. Part of our ten day excursion would be a drive down the coast from Cape Town to Cape Agulhas (the southernmost tip of Africa) with a day-stop at Hermanus to do a little whale watching. “The babies have already learned to breach,” she continued, “and all the whales will have headed south again, by then.” she continued. more ...
Robin Pascoe, the Expat Expert
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