A Trip To The Supermarket In Cayman

Columnists - Gordon Barlow

I’ve been making the same trip to the supermarket the whole thirty-seven years we’ve lived in Cayman. Well, pretty much. Until 1997 we lived just over the road from a mini-market, which meant there wasn’t much need to patronize the bigger shops. That mini-market was wiped out in the hurricane of 2004, and has never been re-built.   more ...

  The Practice Room

Expat Blogs - Austria


The Practice Room is where you’ll find Central European historical oddities, travel photos, occasional current events and general news of life abroad. This blog’s main geographical area of interest currently covers Tirol and western Upper Bavaria (between the rivers Inn and Lech).

  A Mommy Abroad

Expat Blogs - Austria


'A Mommy Abroad' is Emily's journal where she records the good, the bad, the triumphant, the dismal failures and the lessons learned in the constant adventure that is living abroad with kids.

  Katelyn, Galway

Expat Experiences - Ireland

Who are you?

My name is Katelyn, and I'm a recent college graduate from New England. I come from a big family.

I love pizza, cheap wine, and the beach. Starting at the end of August, I will be living as an expat in Ireland for a year while I get a Masters degree and work in a local hospital.   more ...

  Why Moving To Ireland Will (Probably) Make You Happier

Articles - Ireland

Mention Ireland, and the associations that come to mind will almost certainly be positive – Irish music, both modern and traditional, Irish whiskey, Guinness, the Gaelic language, the Irish accent, Irish literature, and plenty more. Even the more unpleasant associations tend to be filtered through the lens of cinema or nostalgia.

Fortunately, it turns out that the reality lives up to these associations. The recent World Happiness Report published by the UN ranked Ireland 18th in its list of the happiest countries in the world.   more ...

  Ten Things To Think About When Retiring To Panama

Articles - Panama

For more than a decade Panama has been regarded as a “retirement haven” for seniors from around the globe because of its beaches, weather and lifestyle. Its close proximity to the US makes this country all the more attractive, especially to Americans.

While the reported benefits do hold true to a great extent, even paradise has its downsides. Below are ten things you should consider carefully before you decide to retire to Panama.   more ...

  A Brief Guide To The Main Religious Beliefs In Egypt

Articles - Egypt

Egypt is a fascinating country, both historically and in contemporary times. Geographically, as well as culturally and politically, it ties together Asia, Africa, and Europe in many ways. Egypt is where we find some of the oldest evidence for key human inventions and developments such as agriculture, writing, cities, the nation state, and of course religion.

The ancient Egyptian religion was a complex polytheistic system that went through many changes over the 3,000 years of its existence.   more ...

  Starting A Business In Japan - 4 Things You Should Know

Articles - Japan

Starting a business in Japan can be incredibly difficult for foreigners. Japanese bureaucracy can be extremely confusing and demanding, requiring huge amounts of paperwork and documentation, all of which needs to be done just right. This of course makes starting a business difficult enough even for Japanese citizens. However, foreign nationals need to also deal with the additional difficulties that come with the language and the culture.   more ...

  Learn Why Italy Is An Expat Paradise

Articles - Italy

Italy is one of the most intriguing and attractive countries in all of Europe, if not the entire world. It does many things remarkably well, but especially excels in food, art and fashion. Italy is the birthplace of Spaghetti Bolognese, Antipasto and Tiramisu. It is the land where Michelangelo painstakingly painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. It’s also the place where some of the world’s leading fashion labels, from Gucci and Fendi to Dolce & Gabbana, are headquartered.   more ...

  The Dark Side Of Expat Life In Thailand

Articles - Thailand

Beautiful beaches, pleasant weather and a laidback lifestyle are just some of the advantages of living in Thailand. Expats also benefit from the emerging economy and profitable business prospects. The expat scene in Thailand is vibrant, especially in the capital city of Bangkok. Phuket and other southern areas of the country are more popular among retirees and foreigners who have their holiday homes in the region.

At first glance, Thailand seems nothing short of an island paradise.   more ...


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