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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)   (124 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 ...


Meredith

Meredith

Affordable Ways to Travel Around Germany

Posted by: KaffeeundKuchen on Wednesday June 15, 2016 (22:17:56)   (430 Reads)

Meredith

One of my favourite things about living in Germany is how easy it is to get around. Whether by plane, train or automobile, travellers can get from Point A to Point B efficiently via the country’s well-connected transportation routes. Those who travel frequently though will quickly discover that airfares and bus tickets can really add up. In order to help you save a few Euros, I’ve outlined some of my favourite affordable and convenient transportation options below.    more ...


Kathleen Peddicord

Kathleen Peddicord

Here’s The Real Reason To Retire Overseas

Posted by: KathleenPeddicord on Wednesday June 15, 2016 (20:58:14)   (1615 Reads)

Kathleen Peddicord

“I just don’t know what to do now. I mean… what do I do with myself at this stage? Where do I go?...”

It was early one morning a few days after Christmas, before the rest of the house was up. My mom was sitting across the kitchen table from me, looking down into her coffee mug.    more ...


Toni Hargis

Toni Hargis

Being a Houseguest - How to Make Sure You're Invited Back

Posted by: ToniChicago on Wednesday June 15, 2016 (19:33:26)   (1142 Reads)

Toni Hargis

It’s traveling time for many expats - that means, long journeys to see friends and family, and staying in their houses (possibly sleeping on their floors), sometimes for extended periods of time. Many of us also host friends and family in our current location, which I wrote about back in 2014. This time I’m sharing some suggestions on being a good house guest and making sure you don’t end up on anyone’s black list.    more ...


Rita Golstein-Galperin

Rita Golstein-Galperin

Nine Expat Career Lies You Need to Overcome

Posted by: Rita2G on Monday June 13, 2016 (10:47:45)   (2234 Reads)

Rita Golstein-Galperin

Every single struggle we experience on a daily basis; every complaint, every dissatisfaction, every career problem or personal battle can be drilled down into a single source: the big, fat and limiting lies we tell ourselves. You see those limiting beliefs become a second nature for most, and in fact are holding us down and hurting your career change.    more ...


Sharon

Sharon

Stop Allowing Critics to Choose Your Life Path

Posted by: ItalianBully on Friday June 03, 2016 (11:49:11)   (882 Reads)

Sharon

The decision to move abroad involves toasts in celebration and tearful goodbyes with loved ones. I recall the day we found about the green light to start our new life in Rome. A whirlwind of planning, prepping, and packing churns with raw emotion. Sharing the decision with friends and family is exciting and tough at the same time. The choice may have some mixed reviews. In the beginning (at least for us) happiness trumps leeriness.    more ...


Rosemary Border Rabson

Rosemary Border Rabson

Weasels, Fuel Shortages, Anniversaries and a Prang in the Morvan

Posted by: marelebas on Saturday May 28, 2016 (09:31:28)   (348 Reads)

Rosemary Border Rabson

How do you take a scrupulously honest and fully documented insurance claim for 2000 euros, and pay out 599 euros? No problem if you are the weasels we inherited when we arrived here in 2005. They lied, they prevaricated, they lost the papers, and all the time they promised their best attention at all times.    more ...


Rita Golstein-Galperin

Rita Golstein-Galperin

The Biggest Expat Career Mistakes

Posted by: Rita2G on Thursday May 26, 2016 (11:01:07)   (1279 Reads)

Rita Golstein-Galperin

Career change is scary, let alone in a foreign country. There are various challenges, setbacks, unexpected surprises and bumps along the way… and you cannot control most of them. But there are some things that are under your direct responsibility, yet I see so many expats around me make the same mistakes over and over again.

I’ve gathered the 4 most annoying and self-sabotaging mistakes that we make on our quest for a successful career abroad, and how you can (easily) fix them:    more ...


Toni Hargis

Toni Hargis

Having An Un-American Moment

Posted by: ToniChicago on Tuesday May 17, 2016 (18:24:03)   (1278 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)   (352 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 ...