Could You Ever Return Home For Good?


Barry O’Leary
Columnists - Barry O'Leary

Do you ever wonder whether you would be better off back in your home country? I guess it’s only natural that we do. In previous blogs I’ve talked about how I often compare my life here to my home country. I’ve just returned from a month in England and had a great time catching up with family and mates, which was the main reason I went, but if I had to return for good, I’m not sure I could.

I do miss certain aspects about living in England, so here are a few reasons why I could possibly move back there.

Reasons why maybe I could   more ...

  Welcome to Charity Cottage


Rosemary Border Rabson
Columnists - Rosemary Border Rabson

There was once a French boy who spent his summer holidays in an old cottage in the Morvan region of Burgundy. After a lifetime driving a Paris dustcart, he and his wife bought the cottage and built their dream home on the site. When they downsized in 2005 my husband John and I bought the property: a modern house built along traditional lines, the cottage and an acre of garden and orchard. We let our house in Suffolk and became full time expats.

Word got around. Friends and relations were joyously received, but people we scarcely knew solicited free board and lodging on their way to or from their hols further south.   more ...

  Tattoos and Abba


Judi Lembke
Columnists - Judi Lembke

Tattoos and Abba – not two words you’d normally would – or should – hear together but they pretty much sum up my Swedish summer, which came to a screeching halt in mid-August when everyone returned from holiday and the autumn weather slowly started creeping in.

Let’s start with the tattoos: in between working a lot this summer I took my boys on a two-day jaunt to Scandinavia’s largest water park, Skara Sommarland. Or, as we like to call it, TattooLand.   more ...

  Make The Most Of Your Time In Saudi Arabia - 5 Things To Try Before Returning Home


Articles - Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has the biggest economy in the Middle East, and expats often move there for lucrative job opportunities and business purposes. In spite of a considerable international population, Saudi Arabia has a deeply traditional culture that is governed by strict rules and regulations. However, there are some unique and rewarding experiences to be had in the country, and expats should try them at least once before they return home.

The shopping haven of Jeddah

Jeddah is considered as the commercial capital of Saudi Arabia and is full of shopping malls, shopping districts and souqs.   more ...

  Recommended Reading For Expats Moving To Singapore


Articles - Singapore

Singapore has an excellent public transport system, high-quality healthcare services, and a modern, multicultural society that enjoys a high standard of life. It’s no wonder that so many expats move to Singapore every year. This city-state’s economy is also stable on account of significant government measures and many big businesses are headquartered here. Expats often feel they earn better in Singapore than they would back home, and the biggest advantage is that they retain access to more of their income too. So for expats already settling down in Singapore and for those who are in the process of planning their move, here is some recommended reading.   more ...

  Using The Healthcare System In Switzerland - A Short Guide For Expats


Articles - Switzerland

The Swiss healthcare system, known as LAMal, is reputed across Europe for providing top-quality health services and facilities to residents. Switzerland spends approximately 10 percent of its GDP on healthcare and the country ranks among the top OECD countries for medical expenditure. This policy of investing in healthcare ensures that citizens receive a variety of medical services that employ modern technologies. It also translates into a highly trained medical staff and a very low patient-to-doctor ratio. Switzerland has one of the highest life expectancy figures and one of the lowest infant mortality figures in the world.   more ...

  Ross Richard Blankert, Boquete


House and view from front yard
Expat Experiences - Panama

I am Ross Richard Blankert.

I and my spouse Janice flew to Panama with our suitcases and our cats May 2, 2012. We sold all our things before we left Washington state including my Model A Ford. The big challenge was to get our cats out of quarantine and through the expensive process of getting them into the country. Then people do not wish to rent to you if you have pets. A dog is really a no no. I had a friend to pick me up in Panama City.

They actually want to rent their rent house to us but we stayed for a month or two and decided against living anywhere near Panama City.   more ...

  5 Foods You Must Try When Living In Panama


Articles - Panama

1. Empanada

Food is a very important aspect of the culture in Panama. This country’s cuisine is a melting pot of Spanish, Native American, African and Caribbean food, and North Americans and Europeans tend to enjoy the mild flavor of many typical Panamanian delicacies. Some of the most common ingredients used for cooking in Panama include corn, maize, wheat flour, rice, yucca, plantains, beef, pork, seafood and chicken. Given below are 5 popular foods that you must try during your stay in Panama:

An empanada is a baked (or sometimes fried) pastry that has been filled with meat, vegetables and cheese.   more ...

  5 Places You Might Want To move To In Italy But Have Probably Never Heard Of


Articles - Italy

The shrinking local workforce in Italy has been attracting several foreign immigrants for the last decade or so. Many retired American and British citizens have also moved to this country to enjoy its relaxed Mediterranean lifestyle. More than 350,000 expats are reported to move to Italy every year, from all across the globe. The larger expat communities are usually found in Rome, Milan, Venice, Florence and Ancona. The cost of living in these regions is on the higher side, because they also attract a large number of tourists.

If you are planning to settle down in Italy for a few years, these are some places you might like living in but have probably not heard of:   more ...

  A Few Tips For Expats Driving In Costa Rica


Articles - Costa Rica

Driving in Costa Rica is considerably different from driving the US and the UK – the roads are not particularly well-developed, and people have a tendency to treat the traffic rules very lightly, which can be unnerving for an expat. Most people in Costa Rica don’t own a private vehicle because of how expensive cars are. Moreover, the Public Transport system in the cities is fairly good, and a majority of the local population travels by buses. It is mainly people living in remote areas who find it necessary to travel by car. Many tourists and expats who need cars prefer renting to buying one. The minimum age for driving in this country is 18 years. However, the minimum age for renting a car is 23 years (and 25 years in some places).   more ...

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