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Gordon Barlow

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Gordon Barlow

Gordon Barlow

A Trip To The Supermarket In Cayman

by Gordon Barlow, Tuesday July 28, 2015 (23:28:42)   (102 Reads)
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 ...

Dr Allana Da Graca

Dr Allana Da Graca

The Challenges Of Living In Portugal

by Dr Allana Da Graca, Saturday July 25, 2015 (20:03:45)   (141 Reads)
Dr. Allana Da Graca
Emotions Of Living Abroad
Why is my life drastically different? When one moves from an area of comfort to one of moderation it can be daunting once the reality of such a move begins to settle in. I have experienced a range of emotions, experiences, and nice surprises. I will attempt to explain some of the challenges and highlights I have had since I moved to Portugal.   more ...

Ivanka Di Felice

Ivanka Di Felice

Keeping Up Appearances In Italy

by Ivanka Di Felice, Friday July 24, 2015 (20:51:25)   (334 Reads)
Ivanka Di Felice
Having barely survived our hectic existence back home, we’re longing to embark on a slower pace of life here. But my father-in-law seems to be related to the bus driver; he, too, is a man on a mission. With only a couple of weeks left before their departure, Giorgio has much to show us, and time is of the essence! Obstacles such as our extreme jet lag will not be allowed to get in his way.   more ...

Judi Lembke

Judi Lembke

Expat 'Mom Of The Year'

by Judi Lembke, Saturday July 18, 2015 (21:44:14)   (302 Reads)
Judi Lembke
When you’ve lived the expat life for a long time and don’t get back to your home country very often it can sometimes feel like landing in a place you visited a long time ago: you know a bit about it, recognize some familiar things, but you aren’t quite on firm ground, because things change and you’ve not been around to see it happen in real time. This can lead to some interesting holiday adventures.   more ...

Meredith

Meredith

Must-Try German Foods

by Meredith, Saturday July 18, 2015 (13:12:55)   (318 Reads)
Meredith
When you think of typical German foods, pretzels, sausage and beer probably come to mind. At least that’s what people teased me I would be eating and drinking day and night once I moved to Germany.

Of course the beer flows freely here and I’ve eaten pretzels as big as my head but there are so many German foods that I’ve now become acquainted with that I’d never heard of before moving to Germany. Here are some of my favourite discoveries:   more ...

Sarah Ryrie

Sarah Ryrie

5 Useful Expat Packing Tips

by Sarah Ryrie, Tuesday July 14, 2015 (20:13:28)   (1110 Reads)
Sarah Ryrie
Moving house is apparently one of life’s most stressful events. It stands to reason then that moving country when you move house tops that. So, moving house and moving countries twice within a year has to be right up there with standing in a bath of creepy crawlies whilst having cold baked beans thrown at you. Yet, I have found myself doing exactly that (the moving part, not the baked bean flagellation that is). I have decided to share some of my tips on how to have a successful move.   more ...

Emmy Petersson

Emmy Petersson

5 Reasons Why Love Across Borders Is The Best Thing That Could Ever Happen

by Emmy Petersson, Tuesday July 14, 2015 (14:31:49)   (608 Reads)
Emmy Petersson
In my meetings with expats and travellers I’m always amazed at the stories we all have to share. Stories of love, life, challenge and happiness. Our common quest to find our own path in a world that’s always changing, and at the same time mostly repeating itself.

I’ve spoken to many expat women of all ages and parts of the world. The ones who have just met the man of their dreams, trying hard to work out the practicalities of how they can be together, as well as the ones who have lived overseas with the love of their life for over 20 years.   more ...

Barry O'Leary

Barry O'Leary

You Can’t Beat A Bit Of Country Air In Spain

by Barry O'Leary, Saturday July 11, 2015 (21:48:40)   (525 Reads)
Barry O’Leary
As I sit here on my new writing table, out in the patio hiding under a shelter with an inflatable swimming pool next to me to dip in now and then and cool down as it’s 40 degrees outside, I think back to last year when I was cooped up in a flat in the centre and realise how much better life is nearer the countryside.   more ...

Clara Wiggins

Clara Wiggins

What Is Your Experience Of Expat Life?

by Clara Wiggins, Sunday July 05, 2015 (21:17:15)   (806 Reads)
Clara Wiggins
This month, the deadline to write my Expat Focus blog has crept up on me so stealthily that I can’t believe I really need to get this post written so soon. We returned from a much-needed holiday in Florida just three weeks ago. Since then, I have been playing catch-up with both work and blogging – and at the same time, preparing for our now very imminent move to South Africa.

In other words, I have run out of time.   more ...

Rosemary Border Rabson

Rosemary Border Rabson

The Re-enactment Of The Flottage Du Bois In The Morvan

by Rosemary Border Rabson, Thursday July 02, 2015 (21:10:20)   (284 Reads)
Rosemary Border Rabson
Long before Monty Python's lumberjacks leapt from tree to tree as they floated down the mighty rivers of British Columbia, les flotteurs de bois were active in the Morvan.

By 1550 the population of Paris had tripled over just 50 years. Demand for wood for fuel increased accordingly, and Paris looked longingly at the 47,000 hectares of forest in the Morvan.   more ...

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