5 Things You Should Know Before Moving To Bulgaria

Articles - Bulgaria

Expats move to Bulgaria for various reasons such as work or retirement. There are also those who make the move for the purpose of leisure, Bulgaria being a country with a beautiful natural habitat, seaside resorts and attractive cities. Other reasons include a more affordable cost of living and economically priced real estate in comparison to western countries. While moving to Bulgaria has been a fulfilling experience for many, there may be potential disappointments for some. Here are 5 things you should know before moving to Bulgaria.   more ...

  Moving To Australia - What To Expect As A New Expat

Articles - Australia

Australia has a large population of foreign residents and continues to draw expats to its shores every year. It is a country rich in natural beauty and its major cities rank among the top twenty in the world when it comes to quality of life. But moving to any country has its ups and downs and the best thing new expats can do is to learn as much as they can about the place that will soon become their new home. Here are a few things you can expect when moving to Australia.

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 – Five Recommended Expat Blogs

Articles - Belgium

When you’re thinking of living abroad, especially for the first time, it’s good to be able to hear from people who have already made the move. Today we’re looking at blogs from expats who live in Belgium; here are our recommended reads for anyone who’s thinking about moving there.

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 ...

  American Expats And The Big Tax Betrayal

Michelle Garrett
Columnists - Michelle Garrett

A few hundred years ago some British expats who were mostly settling in a new land (some still travelling back and forth for business, with homes in both places) started to grow increasingly frustrated by taxes levied by the Parliament on the other side of the ocean.

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 ...

  Forgetting My English

Toni Hargis
Columnists - Toni Hargis

I suppose it’s inevitable that when you go years without speaking your native language, you start to forget a few words. Apparently it’s called language attrition and is a well-known phenomenon, particularly if you avoid speaking your native language while learning a new language, or if you rarely come across people who speak your native language. A French friend, who has lived abroad for more than thirty years and now lives in Ireland, tells me that she often forgets French words and it takes her a good couple of weeks to get back into French-speaking mode every summer. An English friend now living in Portugal reports that while she speaks mainly English, she occasionally finds herself slipping a Portuguese word into an otherwise English sentence. (Would this be called Portlish, in the style of Franglais or Spanglish, I wonder?)   more ...

  Tales From A Spanish Village: Two Old Fools And Jellyfish

Victoria Twead
Columnists - Victoria Twead

With all my thoughts and energies channelled into the launch of Two Old Fools in Spain Again, I haven’t taken much time off this summer. However the book is out now and, with the temperatures still soaring, Joe and I long for a swim.

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 ...

  A Month In The Life Of An English Writer In Tuscany - July Reflections

June Finnigan
Columnists - June Finnigan

The continuing adventures of June Finnigan, her Man, and Farty Barty the cat.

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 ...

  South Africa Diaries: Part 2 – Unexpected Welcome In Transkei [Nov 1990]

James King
Columnists - James King

The real worth of Castle lager

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 ...

  Does This mean I Can’t Call Myself An Expat Any More?

Susanna Perkins
Columnists - Susanna Perkins

One month ago, my husband and I were dealing with a drinking water crisis in Las Tablas, Panama.

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 ...

  The Whales At Bientang’s Cave, Hermanus

Marla Sink Druzgal
Columnists - Marla Sink Druzgal

“Good luck seeing any whales in November. You know whale season is basically over by then, right?” An acquaintance at a Pretoria coffee shop was quick to douse my excitement when talking about our upcoming trip to Cape Town.

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 ...


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