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Clara Wiggins
Born an expat, in Cuba to British diplomat parents, Clara Wiggins has travelled all her life, and has lived in 11 countries on 5 different continents. Clara has used her extensive experience of living overseas, as a child, as a diplomat and as an accompanying spouse, to write The Expat Partner's Survival Guide. From how to organise an overseas move to what to do in the event of an earthquake, The Expat Partner's Survival Guide is a light-hearted yet in-depth guide for anyone considering moving abroad.

Clara Wiggins

A Tale of Two Expat Spouses

Posted by: Carole on Wednesday April 29, 2015 (02:37:06)   (2001 Reads)
Clara Wiggins
I’m later than normal writing this post because this month has been a little hectic: I have finally launched my book, the Expat Partner’s Survival Guide.
In the making for the past three or four years, the Survival Guide is aimed at anyone accompanying their partner on an overseas posting (I use the word ‘posting’ fairly broadly here; what I mean is, someone who is moving somewhere overseas with the intent to eventually move on and at some point return to their home country). The reason I wrote the book is because I myself have been an expat partner – and I know how hard it is.    more ...

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Accompanying Spouse: What Is It?

Posted by: Carole on Thursday March 26, 2015 (03:50:18)   (4444 Reads)
Clare Wiggins
I’m basing this month’s Expat Focus blog on one of the search terms that someone used to find my blog – the Expat Partner’s Survival Guide. I love it when I’m allowed to see search terms (unfortunately it seems pretty random as to which you can and can’t see – Google and Wordpress mostly want to conspire against me and not let me see any of them…). Some of them make perfect sense, like this one, and “why is travelling with kids so important”. I get confused by others – why did someone who asked “Indian real mom” end up on my blog? I am not Indian and I don’t really write about either mums or moms. I guess I am real – but I’m not sure if I am “real”!

Anyway, Accompanying Spouse What is it? has been my favourite so far because it makes perfect sense. And because it is a question I have so far failed to answer on my blog, despite the fact that it is aimed squarely at accompanying spouses. Or trailing spouses. Or even expat partners, if you like.    more ...

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Living In The Path Of Hurricanes: Why The Weather Sometimes Really Does Matter To Expats

Posted by: Carole on Friday February 27, 2015 (15:04:52)   (2230 Reads)
Clara Wiggins
I remember the first time I really started to understand weather. I was in New Zealand, on a life-changing round-the-world trip. Before then, I am a bit embarrassed to admit, weather was just something that happened – and then it passed. Perhaps I had just always led the sort of life that didn’t rely on weather forecasts. Mostly indoor, and if I had to go out, I could just take an umbrella. To be fair, I have always been the urban type – the thought of living in the rural countryside leaves me cold.

However, you can’t avoid weather in New Zealand. Mostly because it is so outdoorsy. And being on a big trip, with the intention of doing all those crazy things people on round-the-world adventures are meant to do (sky-diving, bungee-jumping, whale watching…) I also found I couldn’t avoid becoming one of those people who thinks about, talks about and even obsesses about the weather.    more ...

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Breastfeeding And The Expat

Posted by: Carole on Sunday February 01, 2015 (03:05:47)   (2514 Reads)
Clara Wiggins
Recently, here in the UK, there’s been all sorts of controversy around breastfeeding – and in particular, breastfeeding in public.

It seems strange that this is a country so obsessed with women’s mammaries that many of its best-read newspapers stick them on their third page (and I’m sure they would put them on their front page if they could get away with it), and yet every time someone dares to feed their hungry baby in a public place it causes uproar.

Okay, it’s obviously not that bad – otherwise we’d be in continuous uproar, the number of babies there are needing to be fed around the country on a daily basis.    more ...

Clara Wiggins

A Long Hill To Climb

Posted by: Carole on Saturday January 17, 2015 (02:01:07)   (2544 Reads)
Clara Wiggins
“We’re moving again,” I told my dentist this morning, as he stood over me wielding one of those funny little sticks with mirrors on the end they seem so keen on. “South Africa, in the summer”.

He grinned at me as he moved the stick closer towards me now gaping mouth. “Lovely,” he said. “Bet you can’t wait.”

“I need to make an appointment for the children, because we’re going overseas,” I said to the receptionist as I paid my eye-wateringly high bill for approximately ten minutes of mirrored-stick wielding.

“How wonderful!” she said. “What an adventure that will be”.    more ...

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