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Toni Hargis

Toni Hargis

Having An Un-American Moment

Posted by: ToniChicago on Tuesday May 17, 2016 (18:24:03)   (721 Reads)

Toni Hargis

In my last post I discussed how Brits in America often play up their British-ness depending on the circumstances. Most of us have received preferential treatment, or at least a flurry of compliments, purely because we're British, or British sounding. (“It sounds so much more intelligent when you say it”. “You could read the phone book and I would listen”.) Most of us also know exactly how to make our national identity work for us too.    more ...


June Finnigan

June Finnigan

A Beautiful New Home and a Confused Cat in Beautiful Chianti

Posted by: Scar on Friday May 13, 2016 (04:39:22)   (120 Reads)

June Finnigan

If this is your first visit to my column, you should know that each month I talk about the previous one, in this case April. If you are a regular follower, Bentornato!

April was a great month for us, mainly because we moved to a larger and most beautiful property just down the track from the little villa. It is called ‘Querceto’ and this is hardly surprising because it means Oak Tree.    more ...


Kathleen Peddicord

Kathleen Peddicord

My #1 Pick For Luxury, Cosmopolitan Living On The Ocean

Posted by: KathleenPeddicord on Thursday May 12, 2016 (22:02:32)   (158 Reads)

Kathleen Peddicord

Until the 50's, Puerto Vallarta was a small fishing village along a spectacular bay on the Pacific, modestly popular among Mexicans as a beach resort. Then, in 1963, John Huston filmed “The Night of the Iguana” in Mismaloya, just south of Puerto Vallarta. The film’s star, Richard Burton, was involved with actress Elizabeth Taylor at the time. Taylor followed Burton on location… and the paparazzi followed her.    more ...


Sharon

Sharon

10 Laughable Moments Adjusting to Expat Life

Posted by: ItalianBully on Thursday May 12, 2016 (09:00:27)   (1415 Reads)

Sharon

Has anyone ever told you the experiences you stumble over can be your greatest learning opportunities? Or that you will surely look back and laugh about some trials and tribulations that seem tough at the time? Throughout the initial adjustment to expatriate life in Rome, Italy, my family has had our share of flubs, mishaps and anecdotes.    more ...


Emmy Petersson

Emmy Petersson

The Backpacker That Stayed – The Accidental Expat

Posted by: emmypetersson on Wednesday May 11, 2016 (12:48:46)   (567 Reads)

Emmy Petersson

I love hearing people's stories of how they ended up where they happen to now live. Expat and travel stories are especially interesting, because while they can seem like very random life choices and navigation to an outsider, there always tends to be a clarity and a purpose to how things unfold.

So the traditional expat is someone who moves overseas with the intention of staying away for a longer period of time, but what about the travellers?    more ...


Rosemary Border Rabson

Rosemary Border Rabson

Dandelion Wars And A Stay In The Polyclinique

Posted by: Scar on Tuesday May 03, 2016 (07:31:32)   (229 Reads)

Rosemary Border Rabson

Yellow is my favourite colour. In spring in the Morvan the forsythia, cowslips and primroses are a feast for the eye. On the road to Nevers (more about that anon) we pass huge fields of oilseed rape.

It has many uses: as a vegetable, as animal feed, and as oil for lubricating and cooking. Here rapeseed oil is called colza, and I buy it because it reminds me of Suffolk, where a lot of it is grown.    more ...


Flavia Holman

Flavia Holman

Why You Shouldn't Believe Everything You See On Social Media

Posted by: Scar on Monday April 18, 2016 (07:12:27)   (746 Reads)

Flavia Holman

I love social media. Technology is evolving so much and I love how we have platforms, such as Instagram, WhatsApp and Pinterest to connect not only with family and friends, but with people that enjoy the same things that we do. There is no way that things will go back to where they were before, of course not, why would it? I'm sure some people did not like very much when the telephone was invented, but where are we now?    more ...


June Finnigan

June Finnigan

Roberto Manetti’s Sculptor Studio, Sunsets, Seasonal Dishes And A Four Man Piano

Posted by: Scar on Monday April 18, 2016 (07:00:35)   (248 Reads)

June Finnigan

Benvenuti to my monthly column from beautiful Tuscany.

If you follow this column you will know that each month I send you a potted history of the previous one, in this case March.

Every month brings new and exciting discoveries in our little bit of Chianti and March brought with it one of the highlights of the year. I was in the farmacia (chemist) in Fiano and bumped into our local world famous sculptor, Roberto Manetti.    more ...


Kathleen Peddicord

Kathleen Peddicord

Living, Retiring, And Investing In The Dominican Republic

Posted by: KathleenPeddicord on Friday April 15, 2016 (17:02:21)   (537 Reads)

Kathleen Peddicord

I’ve been watching the Dominican Republic for more than a decade, waiting for the time to place it on our short list of the world’s top havens.

At last, I believe this Caribbean nation’s time has come.    more ...


Meredith

Meredith

German Manners And Etiquette

Posted by: KaffeeundKuchen on Thursday April 14, 2016 (21:55:26)   (790 Reads)

Meredith

After living in Germany for nearly three years, I’ve slowly picked up on the most important German manners and etiquette. Some customs were easy to adapt to (or very similar to what I was used to in Canada), while others continue to elude or puzzle me to this very day.    more ...