Where, when and why did you move abroad?
I moved from the USA in July, 2011 with my husband and youngest child who was 15 at the time. My husband took a new job with a new company.
What challenges did you face during the move?
The language difference is a big challenge but we were so happy that most people in The Netherlands speak English. more ...
Sing it with me!
"….Santa Claus is coming to tooooown!!”
No pretending you don't know this one ladies and gents!
It’s one of those traditional, well known and much loved songs you hear ringing out across the radio, TV and in shopping centres and schools at this time of year, every. single. year. Without fail.
But whether or not Santa Claus is coming to this town? Well…..if he is, it will probably be a quick visit! more ...
The South African Department of Home Affairs is known for what many describe as bureaucratic incompetence, which is characterized by widespread institutional failure and dysfunctionalities. more ...
Brazil truly is an incredibly beautiful country and it is the definition of paradise for any traveller. more ...
Within minutes of our arrival I was on the beach and wallowing in the warm, shark-infested, waters of the Indian Ocean. Cape Town beaches are great; with wide open expanses of sand and dunes on the West Coast you can walk for miles and often hardly see another soul. But even brass monkeys don’t swim in the Southern Atlantic. The Indian Ocean on the other hand is so warm and inviting that it is easy to forget the undertow of the huge rollers and the razor toothed predators that skulk nearby. The lifeguards and surfers are watchful and skilled and the shark nets generally provide adequate protection to the beach-goers.
But leisure time is limited now as I prepare to return to England after my first three months at the bottom of Africa. more ...
Over 20 years ago I spent one of my first Christmases in Britain with my fiancé and his staid relatives. The oldest generation arrived slow and creaking, placed gently in the overstuffed chairs in the living room facing the fireplace. Father-in-law-to-be poured sherry in pretty little glasses on a silver tray and passed them around. Not my first sherry, but I’d only had it once before, the previous Christmas. My nostrils flared and my lips pursed. It smelled of the mince pies I had yet to fall in love with. more ...
Meeting people and making friends in Panama was easy. Doing it here is hard.
A vibrant social life was one of our pleasures in Las Tablas. We had plenty of friends, and getting together was easy.
It started within a few days of my arrival in Las Tablas.
Because Panama doesn't really have pet-friendly hotels, I flew down to find us a place to live while my husband and the dogs stayed in Florida to wrap up a few things. Less than 24 hours after I arrived in Las Tablas, I met my first friend. more ...
We’ve seen our share of Santa Clause as adapted for warmer climates before. In California it’s popular to put Santa in swim trunks and have him riding a surfboard. But even in California, December is winter, with its milder weather reminding everyone that just a day’s drive into the mountains could find them in snow. Jingle bells rock the retail stores’ sound systems. Buildings are decorated from basement to penthouse, and if you want a white Christmas without the road trip, there’s always some crazy local with a snow machine who finds pleasure or passion in bringing a mini nor’easter to the crazy town of Venice, California. more ...
Tempura are delightfully light battered and deep-fried seafood and vegetables. It was the Portuguese traders in Nagasaki who introduced the dish. Tempura has evolved over the years and today is a quintessential Japanese food. more ...
Robin Pascoe, the Expat Expert
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