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Columnists > June Finnigan

June Finnigan

Wine Tastings, Drought, And The Italian Exodus

Posted by: junefinnigan on Saturday September 16, 2017 (08:47:00)   (620 Reads)

June Finnigan

Benvenuti and Welcome to all my Lovely Followers,

If you are new to this column I should tell you that each month I reflect back on the previous one, which in this case is August 2017. My aim is to bring you lots of fun things, and not too many serious ones.    more ...

Columnists > Jess Faraday

Jess Faraday

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bin

Posted by: JessFaraday on Thursday September 14, 2017 (10:06:08)   (374 Reads)

Jess Faraday

Scotland is a small country with big plans. It has no time for daydreamers or dilettantes.

If you want to do something here, you do it for real, and you do it right. Which is why Scotland is on track to achieve an extremely ambitious environmental goal: becoming a zero-waste country by 2025.

But to do that, everyone has to pull together in ways that are not always convenient and not always fun.    more ...

Columnists > Maureen Moss

Maureen Moss

A Stroll Around My Home Town: La Mata

Posted by: maureenmoss on Monday September 11, 2017 (13:27:55)   (1385 Reads)

Maureen Moss

Call me sentimental, but I fancy my heart skipped a beat when I first saw the words ‘La Mata’ in the property columns of the local press. I was visiting my daughter here and asked her where this ‘marsh’ was. Soon we were parking the car on one of the many streets leading to the beach and within minutes, I had fallen in love.    more ...

Columnists > Vanessa Anderson

Vanessa Anderson

Where Do I Put My Stuff When House Sitters Arrive?

Posted by: VanessaAnderson on Sunday September 03, 2017 (21:25:59)   (7995 Reads)

Vanessa Anderson

Have you ever wondered what you do with your stuff when you use house sitters?

Using house sitters really is the perfect way to leave your home, pets and possessions in the hands of someone reliable, while you travel on a vacation, or go back home to see family and friends.

For many, the prospect of the pets being loved and cared for without any upheaval is enough reassurance to set-off on holiday, care free and sure that all at home will be tickety-boo!    more ...

Columnists > Rosemary Border Rabson

Rosemary Border Rabson

Vive La Rentrée – September In The Morvan

Posted by: marelebas on Thursday August 31, 2017 (15:44:49)   (161 Reads)

Rosemary Border Rabson

My online Harraps devotes an explanatory paragraph to La Rentrée.

"The time of year when children go back to school – in September – has considerable cultural significance in France. Coming after the long summer break or grandes vacances, it is the time when academic, political, social and commercial activity begins again in earnest."

They can say that again. We are commissioning a new kitchen, but we had to wait for the suppliers to come back from their hols before placing our order.    more ...

Columnists > Kathleen Peddicord

Kathleen Peddicord

3 Places To Live Like A Local Overseas In Retirement

Posted by: KathleenPeddicord on Monday August 28, 2017 (16:38:58)   (712 Reads)

Kathleen Peddicord

Many people who move or retire overseas enjoy the familiarity of like-minded company and seek out destinations with expats already in residence. Other retirees want to live among the local community, become a part of the local culture and are happy if they rarely see another American or Canadian expat.

Living a local lifestyle in a foreign community has advantages, including a lower cost of living and of real estate. Without the market influence that expat communities often bring, prices remain at the local level.

In addition, the cultural experience can be richer and more authentic, and it’s easier to learn the local language when you’re using it to get by every day. You may not be able to find an English language expat newspaper, but living as part of the local community can help you to appreciate the best things about being overseas.    more ...

Columnists > Kathleen Peddicord

Kathleen Peddicord

2 Simple Steps To Afford An Overseas Retirement On A Budget

Posted by: KathleenPeddicord on Saturday August 19, 2017 (02:37:02)   (4154 Reads)

Kathleen Peddicord

How much money do you need to move to a new country?

That’s not the question to ask.

The question to ask is this: How much money do you have to live on?

In these dispatches, I introduce you to places where you could live comfortably on as little as $1,200 or $1,500 a month, maybe less. That’s not a big nut… about equal to the average monthly Social Security check.

But maybe a monthly Social Security check is a far distant possibility for you. If you have no other income to count on, is it unrealistic to think about relaunching your life somewhere sunny, warm, welcoming, and adventure-filled?    more ...

Columnists > June Finnigan

June Finnigan

A Hunky Astronaut And The Fiat 500 In Beautiful Chianti

Posted by: junefinnigan on Saturday August 12, 2017 (14:33:37)   (362 Reads)

June Finnigan

Benvenuti and welcome to all my lovely followers,

If you are new to this column I should tell you that each month I reflect back on the previous one, which in this case is July 2017. My aim is to bring you lots of fun things, and not too many serious ones.    more ...

Columnists > Kathleen Peddicord

Kathleen Peddicord

Why We Always Return To Offshore Real Estate As A Top Asset

Posted by: KathleenPeddicord on Wednesday August 09, 2017 (20:53:09)   (263 Reads)

Kathleen Peddicord

It’s important to discuss the importance of diversifying both your life and your assets offshore in the current global climate.

The question then becomes: What should you diversify into?

As a speaker at this year’s recent Offshore Wealth Summit put it:

“Physical gold is about as useful in an end-of-days scenario as my ability to make spreadsheets. You can’t eat gold. It’s the farmers who will rule the world if the banking, credit, and financial industries collapse… as they well could…”

Traditional “go-offshore” wisdom holds that every portfolio should include gold. Some advisors say 10% of your assets should be in the yellow metal; others say 20%. I know one go-offshore guru who maintains that at least 50% of any investment portfolio should be invested in gold.    more ...

Columnists > Barry O'Leary

Barry O'Leary

Who's Winning The Bilingual Battle Now?

Posted by: bazseville on Friday August 04, 2017 (19:53:10)   (833 Reads)

Barry O'Leary

Some of you may have read my previous article about the battle I‘ve had on my hands to teach my Spanish kids English. Well, thankfully in the last month I have seen a vast improvement, and I’d like to share a few tips which might help you improve your bilingual children’s level of English.

Just to give you some background. I have two children, a boy who is almost four, and a girl who is two and a half (before you ask; yes we did decide to have them so close). They are both Spanish, I’m British, and also an English teacher over here in Sevilla. It has been a rocky couple of years with two young kids, but the speck of light at the end of the tunnel is slowly coming into focus.    more ...