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Columnists > Bec Baxter

Bec Baxter

Getting an Au Pair – A Cultural (and Literal) Education

Posted by: Scar on Tuesday August 23, 2016 (11:14:44)   (196 Reads)

Bec Baxter

Getting an au pair can be a fantastic, entertaining and relatively inexpensive idea. But listen to the advice of others and prepare assiduously to avoid a load of potential problems.

Maybe I’m being a bit of a princess since my husband moved abroad to work, but I don’t think that I can manage a very full time job, two children, housework and all of the other mum stuff without some help.    more ...


Columnists > June Finnigan

June Finnigan

The Month of July

Posted by: junefinnigan on Saturday August 13, 2016 (17:18:17)   (145 Reads)

June Finnigan

Bentornato to my monthly column, where I bring you up to speed with the previous month’s thrills and spills in beautiful Chianti in Tuscany, Italy.    more ...


Columnists > Toni Hargis

Toni Hargis

How Non-American Families (Legally Here) Are Being Torn Apart

Posted by: ToniChicago on Sunday July 31, 2016 (18:32:00)   (1792 Reads)

Toni Hargis

Most people aren’t aware of a shocking situation that some non-American families, legally in the USA, find themselves in. Although the DREAM Act aims to help undocumented children gain continuous residency in the US, children of legal “aliens” (E2 Treaty Investment visa holders) still face deportation.    more ...


Columnists > Rosemary Border Rabson

Rosemary Border Rabson

Burgundy by Bike, Delays at Dover and Sex on the Beach

Posted by: marelebas on Thursday July 28, 2016 (17:13:06)   (276 Reads)

Rosemary Border Rabson

Our next visitors to Charity Cottage are due on 13 August. Keith, his son and his son-in-law are coming by car – with three bikes on the car roof. They emailed us several weeks ago, asking about interesting places to see by bike. As always, I was happy to do a spot of research.    more ...


Columnists > Toni Hargis

Toni Hargis

When Americans Come Home

Posted by: ToniChicago on Sunday July 17, 2016 (20:33:46)   (1728 Reads)

Toni Hargis

We hear a lot about repatriation being just as difficult as re-locating in the first place. Usually I wonder how I would fare, moving back to England after twenty six years in the USA, but a comment on a friend’s Facebook page made me wonder what it’s like for Americans moving back to the States after years abroad.    more ...


Columnists > June Finnigan

June Finnigan

The Month of June

Posted by: junefinnigan on Friday July 15, 2016 (16:55:58)   (226 Reads)

June Finnigan

70th War End Celebrations, Weddings, Panacotta and Rose Digestivo, Earthquakes, Silvio, My Birthday and The Rock Chick Band’s sixth Annual Concert in Beautiful Chianti

There is no other way to say it, I absolutely adore the month of June in our little bit of Tuscany. Yes, I know it’s my birthday month and the Rock Chick Band’s Annual Concert is in the final week, but it’s not only that.    more ...


Columnists > Kathleen Peddicord

Kathleen Peddicord

Retirement Overseas Is Cheaper Than You Might Think

Posted by: KathleenPeddicord on Thursday July 14, 2016 (16:23:44)   (2979 Reads)

Kathleen Peddicord

Two Reasons You Can’t Afford Not To Retire Overseas

Your retirement nest egg has been marginalized, and you’re thinking there’s no way you could afford to retire overseas.

This is probably the most-often-given reason for why someone who’s interested in the idea of launching a new life in a new country hesitates or even abandons the idea altogether. And it’s the least valid. Here’s the truth: You can’t afford not to retire overseas.

I’m speaking both literally and figuratively.    more ...


Columnists > Rita Golstein-Galperin

Rita Golstein-Galperin

Why You Should Start an Expat Blog... Now

Posted by: Rita2G on Monday July 11, 2016 (12:50:18)   (1471 Reads)

Rita Golstein-Galperin

Everyone’s starting a blog these days. The only requirement is that you have something to say, and that the “something” offers actual value to your readers. As an expat who’s experienced career change, the upheaval and relocation of your life, and all the details, tricks, roadblocks, and funny stories along the way, I’m here to tell you: You have something to offer readers. Right now.

Here are six solid reasons why you should start an expat blog – and should do it right this instant.    more ...


Columnists > Rosemary Border Rabson

Rosemary Border Rabson

A Centenary, a Climbdown, Some Puzzled Locals and a Unique Railway

Posted by: marelebas on Monday July 04, 2016 (16:31:52)   (336 Reads)

Rosemary Border Rabson

July 1 2016 – 100 years since the murderous Battle of the Somme began. Most families have tales to tell. Here is mine. My Uncle Harry served in the Royal Field Artillery. There are few contemporary photographs of them in action – understandable – but here is one.    more ...


Columnists > June Finnigan

June Finnigan

A Birthday Balloon Flight, I Bersagliere And the Dance of the Hoopoe in Beautiful Chianti

Posted by: Scar on Thursday June 23, 2016 (08:45:09)   (230 Reads)

June Finnigan

The Month of May

May is always a very busy month for the Italians and for us, in our little bit of Chianti in Tuscany.

The first week heralded the arrival of our favourite house guest, the sister-in-law and her beautiful daughter. The plan was to get them both on to horseback for country trekking on one day and then up in an air-balloon for a flight over Chianti on her big birthday.    more ...