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Clara Wiggins

Clara Wiggins

Making Friends With The Locals (Or Not)

Posted by: scar on Tuesday February 02, 2016 (08:59:33)   (284 Reads)

Clara Wiggins

I was in the gym the other day, trying out a new class. The name of the class was “Shape” but to be honest I had no idea what I was getting myself into. One of my new year’s resolutions was to try out some new exercise routines and find one or two that I could stick to – so here I was.    more ...


Rosemary Border Rabson

Rosemary Border Rabson

Hearts and Pancakes in the Morvan

Posted by: scar on Monday February 01, 2016 (08:42:11)   (205 Reads)

Rosemary Border Rabson

As I type we are gearing up for La Chandeleur. Expat Focus faithfuls may remember my February 2015 piece, February Frolics? and recall that February 2 is La Chandeleur, Candlemas, when pancakes are obligatory. This year Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, falls on February 9, just one week after Candlemas. In our household, however, any day can be Pancake Day. The recipe is similar to Yorkshire Pudding, whose invention I described in my 2013 Christmas story, Angels Unawares.    more ...


June Finnigan

June Finnigan

A Month in the Life of an English Writer in Tuscany

Posted by: scar on Friday January 29, 2016 (08:19:33)   (322 Reads)

June Finnigan

December 2015 in our little bit of Chianti in Tuscany, proved to be a most unusual month and we are not just talking about the weather. The temperature remained above normal and it felt very much like the end of September through to November. Autumn colours were everywhere, not least the small leaved oak trees that grow wild and thick in this area, hanging on to their golden leaves until the new shoots push their way through in early spring.    more ...


K. Leslie Delk

K. Leslie Delk

Ozzie, My Little ExPat

Posted by: Klesliedelk on Wednesday January 27, 2016 (12:06:04)   (323 Reads)

K. Leslie Delk

I got used to “cute” living in Korea; cute people, cute toys, cute kids and oh my gosh the babies! Way too cute! But even so I never get jaded over something “cute.” For a professional soft case like myself, I was a marked woman. First, it came in the form of my own choice. I had heard a tale of another teacher who had rescued a dog tied to a lamp pole during a blizzard.    more ...


K. Leslie Delk

K. Leslie Delk

When You Wish Upon A Rainbow

Posted by: scar on Tuesday January 19, 2016 (06:18:19)   (362 Reads)

K. Leslie Delk

I think I’ve wanted to live “somewhere else” all my life. I never had that sense of “home” that some people talk about. I never had the connection to land that many feel. Okay, okay, I grew up in E. St. Louis, Illinois—how connected can you be?

Anyway, I did attend university away from home and spent some of my married life in other states but it was not until I became a capital defense attorney that I really moved around.    more ...


Emmy Petersson

Emmy Petersson

Seven Things All Expats Need To Stop Apologising For – Right Now!

Posted by: emmypetersson on Monday January 18, 2016 (11:43:32)   (1756 Reads)

Emmy Petersson

We all come across challenges and expats are certainly no exception to this. But when things get tricky we start to feel that well-known guilt building up inside and shortly thereafter we feel the need to apologise. For lots of things. Especially to the people we love and miss a lot.    more ...


Meredith

Meredith

Carnival Season in Germany

Posted by: KaffeeundKuchen on Thursday January 14, 2016 (18:24:13)   (446 Reads)

Meredith

Since moving to Germany, I have become a huge fan of German celebrations, like Oktoberfest and Silvester. One celebration that I have never really understood or taken part in, however, is carnival. Growing up in western Canada, I learned about Mardi Gras in my French classes at school and gladly ate through a pile of pancakes on Fat Tuesday, but beyond that, I never really celebrated. I’ve done some research about carnival season here in Germany that I hope clarifies this celebration for you – I know it sure did for me!    more ...


Flavia Holman

Flavia Holman

Girl Scouts Cookies: The Time Is Now

Posted by: scar on Tuesday January 12, 2016 (08:17:37)   (225 Reads)

Flavia Holman

If you are moving to the US, at some point in the early part of the year you might get a knock on your door and a cute little uniformed girl will ask if you want to buy girl scout cookies. "But what are they?" One might ask? Well, you have to try to find out.    more ...


Gordon Barlow

Gordon Barlow

Living In An Offshore Tax-Haven

Posted by: Anonymous on Friday January 08, 2016 (14:36:53)   (795 Reads)

Gordon Barlow

People usually expect “offshore” tax-havens to be wonderfully exotic places. But in reality, they’re not. Linda and I have lived in three different ones during our marriage – Bahamas 1967-70, New Hebrides (now Vanuatu) 1972-75, and Cayman 1978 to date – mostly in apartments no different from those we lived in in Canada and Spain.    more ...


Rosemary Border Rabson

Rosemary Border Rabson

The Morvan Greets 2016

Posted by: scar on Monday January 04, 2016 (05:48:30)   (606 Reads)

Rosemary Border Rabson

Twelfth Night - time for John and me to take down the Christmas decorations. Not so our friend Christopher in California. His Christmas tree will remain on display until the spring.

In his Christmas greeting he says:

“Instead of pulling out the artificial Christmas tree from the basement and erecting it in the living room - which we haven't done for several years - Hadda decided to put it outside and decorate it with seeds, slices of apple and toasted bread in the shape of candy canes."    more ...