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Michelle Garrett

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Michelle Garrett

Michelle Garrett

Slow Living As An Expat

by Michelle Garrett, Monday July 21, 2014 (21:13:56)   (71 Reads)
Michelle Garrett
I know that title seems an obvious statement to some people who have preconceived ideas about the relaxed ‘G&T on a veranda’ lifestyle of expats. But as most of us know, it’s not exactly like that.

For me, the expat life is a bit more frantic than it might have been at home. I have lived overseas for over half my life now and I have worked hard to create a bubble of security in the absence of my family and familiar culture. I have created my own family, I have created a home, I have worked and settled in nicely and embraced my host culture as my own. But I still always feel like I need to work a bit harder to maintain control over this tiny corner of the world, just to be a bit more secure.
I've been away recently, body boarding and cliff walking in Croyde, Devon. And thinking.   more ...

Judi Lembke

Judi Lembke

Going Clubbing

by Judi Lembke, Sunday July 20, 2014 (14:26:37)   (159 Reads)
Judi Lembke
Like most of us in the expat world I have joined, for a variety of reasons, many a club over the years – usually when the summer holidays come to a sad end, life gets back on a normal schedule and the kids are no longer underfoot. Women’s clubs, expat clubs, professional clubs, book clubs – I’ve joined them all. While I’ve enjoyed most of my clubbing experiences I’ve been looking around for a club that offers something a little different as we prepare to leave the all too short Swedish summer behind.   more ...

Kim Defforge

Kim Defforge

10 Iconic Things To Do & See In Nice

by Kim Defforge, Sunday July 20, 2014 (13:48:48)   (236 Reads)
Kim Defforge
1. Museums

Follow in the footsteps of Chagall, Matisse, Renoir, and Picasso, among many other artists, with a visit to the numerous historical and fine arts museums. Discover how the light of the French Riviera inspired and captivated artists, beautifully reflected in their works of art. For added value, the new “Côte d’Azur Card” is a prepaid electronic passport that provides access to over 110 activities in the region - from the coast to the mountains, museums, nature parks, water sports activities, excursions, and tours.   more ...

Barry O'Leary

Barry O'Leary

Do Expats Ever Stop Comparing?

by Barry O'Leary, Sunday July 20, 2014 (13:31:12)   (69 Reads)
Barry O’Leary
Is it normal for expats to continuously compare everything to their home country? If so, does it ever stop? I’ve been an expat in Seville, Spain for nine years and still find myself wondering whether certain things would happen differently back in England. It’s funny, but even though I’ve lived in Ecuador, Brazil, Australia and Thailand, I still bypass those memories and compare aspects to good old Blighty.

I used to compare an immense amount more than now. Especially in those first couple of years when the learning curve was steeper than the hills in the Andalucían countryside. I used to wake up and think “I’m living in Spain.   more ...

James King

James King

South Africa Diaries: Part 1 - Why It Took 25 Years To Get To South Africa

by James King, Friday July 18, 2014 (23:19:29)   (227 Reads)
James King
Shattered dreams

When I heard the news, on 11th November 1965, that Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) had declared UDI I was devastated. I had just been selected to represent the combined British tobacco companies in a party of cricketers to tour Rhodesia for six weeks. We were to be the guests of the Rhodesian tobacco farmers and would have, by all accounts, been royally accommodated and entertained. In addition the scheduled cricket matches would have been of a generally higher standard than our regular weekend encounters at club level. All expenses including an allocation of ‘fun’ money for personal use were to be provided by the British tobacco companies and our salaries would continue to be paid as though we were still making ‘cigarettes’.   more ...

Toni Hargis

Toni Hargis

“That’s Just Who I Am” – Assimilate Or Be Yourself?

by Toni Hargis, Thursday July 17, 2014 (20:05:45)   (1522 Reads)
Toni Hargis
Taking my inspiration from Bravo TV’s The Ladies of London this month. It’s a reality show starring two British women and five Americans, living the high life in London. A bit like the Real Housewives but without the face-slapping and table turnovers,- so far. LOL has sucked me in because of the US versus UK cultural differences and how the Americans are dealing with them, or not. One American (Juliet) is fairly new to the London scene and is portrayed as the “typical” American; constantly in trouble for being too loud and blunt. She can be heard almost every week announcing “That’s just who I am”.

And it got me a-thinking.   more ...

Victoria Twead

Victoria Twead

Tales from a Spanish Village: Two Old Fools and Cats

by Victoria Twead, Thursday July 17, 2014 (19:49:56)   (87 Reads)
Victoria Twead
Until the Spanish begin to neuter their cats, there will always be a huge feral population. When we moved to El Hoyo in 2004, we were surprised at how many cats roamed the village, but I guess we're used to it now. Although not domesticated, they all seem healthy and manage to exist on a diet of lizards, birds and anything else they can catch or scrounge.

As the years roll by, it's been interesting to watch the feline politics, and to trace the cat family trees. At any given time there is a ruling tomcat, and the latest wave of kittens always reflect this cat's virility and success with the ladies. Back in 2004, the ruling tom was a huge battle-scarred Siamese mix and the first cat to claim our garden was his daughter, Thief-Cat.   more ...

Marla Sink Druzgal

Marla Sink Druzgal

The New “Normal” Is Really Kinda Strange

by Marla Sink Druzgal, Wednesday July 16, 2014 (22:28:14)   (684 Reads)
Marla Sink Druzgal
I’m an American living in South Africa, writing this month’s column to you from France, before flying to Africa again with a layover in Addis Ababa. I love travel, but never expected to live in a foreign country, or make stopovers in places like Paris or London, Berlin or Amsterdam, simply because there are as many alternate paths to Africa as there are famous European cities.

We chose Paris, this time, because after a year and a month living in South Africa’s capitol city of Pretoria, the timing of our first visit back from the states coincides with Bastille Day. If we’re going to fly through Europe anyway, why not see the Eiffel Tower with fireworks? It seemed perfectly rational and completely normal.   more ...

June Finnigan

June Finnigan

A Month in the Life of an English Writer in Tuscany - June Reflections

by June Finnigan, Tuesday July 15, 2014 (19:58:50)   (246 Reads)
June Finnigan
The continuing adventures of June Finnigan, her Man, and Farty Barty the cat.

Benvenuto to all my Loyal and New Followers

I have to say that June is my most favourite month of the year. It is my birthday month, I know, my mother couldn’t think of anything else to call me, and the countryside and the garden are at their most luscious and, most importantly, it is the month of my annual Rock Concert!

In Laura’s Bar/Alimentare in our local village of Fiano, things were ever changing.   more ...

Susanna Perkins

Susanna Perkins

Clean Water Is Important

by Susanna Perkins, Monday July 07, 2014 (23:18:57)   (631 Reads)
Susanna Perkins
As a US citizen and resident for nearly six decades, access to potable, safe water is something I've always taken for granted. Of course I know that’s not true everywhere. I've seen the heartwrenching statistics, and the pleas from charities that bring clean water to far-flung peoples who need it.

I just never thought I'd be one of them.

A few days ago my husband noticed that the local grocery store had been completely cleaned out of bottled water. After 25 years in Florida where such things generally signal an impending hurricane, he was curious. So he stopped to ask a local friend what was going on.   more ...

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