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Columnists > June Finnigan

June Finnigan

A Hunky Astronaut And The Fiat 500 In Beautiful Chianti

Posted by: junefinnigan on Saturday August 12, 2017 (14:33:37)   (291 Reads)

June Finnigan

Benvenuti and welcome to all my lovely followers,

If you are new to this column I should tell you that each month I reflect back on the previous one, which in this case is July 2017. My aim is to bring you lots of fun things, and not too many serious ones.    more ...


Columnists > Kathleen Peddicord

Kathleen Peddicord

Why We Always Return To Offshore Real Estate As A Top Asset

Posted by: KathleenPeddicord on Wednesday August 09, 2017 (20:53:09)   (166 Reads)

Kathleen Peddicord

It’s important to discuss the importance of diversifying both your life and your assets offshore in the current global climate.

The question then becomes: What should you diversify into?

As a speaker at this year’s recent Offshore Wealth Summit put it:

“Physical gold is about as useful in an end-of-days scenario as my ability to make spreadsheets. You can’t eat gold. It’s the farmers who will rule the world if the banking, credit, and financial industries collapse… as they well could…”

Traditional “go-offshore” wisdom holds that every portfolio should include gold. Some advisors say 10% of your assets should be in the yellow metal; others say 20%. I know one go-offshore guru who maintains that at least 50% of any investment portfolio should be invested in gold.    more ...


Columnists > Barry O'Leary

Barry O'Leary

Who's Winning The Bilingual Battle Now?

Posted by: bazseville on Friday August 04, 2017 (19:53:10)   (677 Reads)

Barry O'Leary

Some of you may have read my previous article about the battle I‘ve had on my hands to teach my Spanish kids English. Well, thankfully in the last month I have seen a vast improvement, and I’d like to share a few tips which might help you improve your bilingual children’s level of English.

Just to give you some background. I have two children, a boy who is almost four, and a girl who is two and a half (before you ask; yes we did decide to have them so close). They are both Spanish, I’m British, and also an English teacher over here in Sevilla. It has been a rocky couple of years with two young kids, but the speck of light at the end of the tunnel is slowly coming into focus.    more ...


Columnists > Kathleen Peddicord

Kathleen Peddicord

Unretirement: How You Too Can Take Control Of Your Life

Posted by: KathleenPeddicord on Friday August 04, 2017 (02:39:10)   (3528 Reads)

Kathleen Peddicord

I made my first international move from Baltimore, Maryland, to Waterford, Ireland, with the support of my longtime employer who’d given me the marching orders to establish an EU base for that firm.

I did not choose Waterford but liked the idea of an adventure in the Old World, something I’d daydreamed about since I was a young girl. Waterford and Ireland were happy accidents.

I made my second international move, from Waterford to Paris, again with the support of the firm I’d by that time become a partner in. However, this time I chose the destination. My family and I wanted to be in Paris, and my business partner accommodated the agenda.    more ...


Columnists > Rosemary Border Rabson

Rosemary Border Rabson

Mutterings From The Morvan

Posted by: marelebas on Sunday July 30, 2017 (22:17:55)   (359 Reads)

Rosemary Border Rabson

Black Friday

The last weekend of July is a time of massive traffic congestion, caused by les juilletistes – the people who go on holiday in July – on their way home, and les aoûtiens – the August holidaymakers – setting out for their hols. On Friday 28 July French TV channel TF1 showed a map with the worst-affected roads marked in orange, red and black, with black predominating.    more ...


Columnists > Kathleen Peddicord

Kathleen Peddicord

Your New Life In France: “Ooh La La” On An Affordable Budget

Posted by: KathleenPeddicord on Monday July 24, 2017 (21:04:04)   (1687 Reads)

Kathleen Peddicord

Detailed Budgets For Your New Life In France (They’re Way Lower Than You Might Think)

Years ago, when we were preparing for our move from Paris to Panama City, my husband Lief presented me with a budget showing that it would cost slightly more for our family to be in Panama City, Panama, than it had been costing us to live in Paris, France.

I suggested he double-check his math.

My husband, the accountant, assured me his figures were correct, and, indeed, Lief’s projections played out. Our day-to-day costs of living in Panama City these past nine years have been a little higher than they were in Paris.    more ...


Columnists > Erik Hamre

Erik Hamre

5 Ways To Save Money In Copenhagen As A Student Or Expat

Posted by: erikh on Sunday July 23, 2017 (05:56:09)   (469 Reads)

Erik Hamre

Copenhagen, Denmark, the most livable city in the world according to many, home of the best restaurant in the world in NoMa, land of tall Viking blondes. There’s much to love about Copenhagen indeed, but the cost of living, oh dear, that is a little less appealing.    more ...


Columnists > Jess Faraday

Jess Faraday

In Scotland, The Real Adventure Is Real Estate

Posted by: JessFaraday on Wednesday July 19, 2017 (21:10:43)   (978 Reads)

Jess Faraday

“We want to buy a house,” we told the solicitor.

We’d arrived in Edinburgh the day before, and had wandered into this particular real estate office, because it was next door to the coffee shop where we’d just had our lunch.    more ...


Columnists > Kathleen Peddicord

Kathleen Peddicord

The Palio Of The Contrade: Passion, Intensity, And Intrigue

Posted by: KathleenPeddicord on Monday July 17, 2017 (20:43:02)   (388 Reads)

Kathleen Peddicord

The World’s Best Horse Race

No one knows for sure when it began or exactly why, but official record formalizes the event starting in 1310. By that time, it was already an institution.

I’ve wanted to witness this spectacle firsthand since I learned of it more than 30 years ago. The Palio of the Contrade, the raw, primitive, visceral horse race with murky origins wrapped in myth that takes place twice every summer in Siena, Italy, captured my imagination from an early age. This is passion, intensity, and intrigue incarnate.

Each July 2 and then again on August 16, mercenary jockeys pound bareback three times around the dirt track of Siena’s Piazza del Campo before a crowd of 60,000 patriots and pilgrims. Each jockey, chosen by each contrada according to an ancient anything-goes system of bribery and backdoor deals agreed with handshakes, is handed a nerbo, a whip made of ox sinew, as he enters the track, with which he is free… indeed, encouraged… to beat and block the other jockeys and their horses.    more ...


Columnists > June Finnigan

June Finnigan

Local Elections, Open Air Cinema, And The Rock Chick Band

Posted by: junefinnigan on Saturday July 15, 2017 (22:22:04)   (422 Reads)

June Finnigan

Benvenuti and Welcome to all my Lovely Followers,

If you are new to this column I should tell you that each month I reflect back on the previous one, which in this case is June 2017. My aim is to bring you lots of fun things, and not too many serious ones.    more ...