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Columnists > June Finnigan

June Finnigan

An English Rose, A Sawyer Beetle, And A Wine Festa

Posted by: junefinnigan on Sunday July 15, 2018 (10:50:17)   (30 Reads)
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 May 2018. My aim is to bring you lots of fun things, and not too many serious ones.    more ...

Columnists > Naomi Madelin

Naomi Madelin

Choosing Schools In France

Posted by: nimnom on Thursday July 12, 2018 (07:47:33)   (299 Reads)
There are plenty of well-written articles explaining the French school system - but I struggled with understanding school years, and finding information on choosing schools.

Similar to in the UK, if you opt into the state school system in France, the default is for your child to go into the school closest to your home. So, like in the UK, those who can move into areas that have good schools. But how to find out which schools are good in France? This article gives you some links and pointers to help you find your way with choosing schools in France.

The focus is on state schools, but links provided also give valuable insight into private collèges and lycées.    more ...

Columnists > Ben Zabulis

Ben Zabulis

Here Be Dragons!

Posted by: gwaijai on Wednesday July 04, 2018 (11:10:07)   (327 Reads)
And they're off!
In Hong Kong we know summer’s arrived when clothing sticks and dragons emerge, not real ones obviously but those wooden versions intended for the dragon boat festival. The saying, Don’t put your winter clothes away until it’s time to eat rice dumplings, a festive food, spells it out and you must admit, date considered, it bears an uncanny similarity to that British expression: Ne’er cast a clout till May be out. So strip off, grab a paddle and let’s race!    more ...

Columnists > Rosemary Border Rabson

Rosemary Border Rabson

Midsummer In The Morvan

Posted by: marelebas on Tuesday June 26, 2018 (17:30:30)   (609 Reads)
We had a glut of cherries in late May. Now our quince tree is laden with fruit and we can expect a glut of fruit (un coing, and a quince tree is un cognassier).

Most varieties are mouth-puckeringly sour and astringent if you attempt to eat one without cooking it first. The most popular way with quinces is of course quince jelly, although if you google ‘quince recipe’ you will be spoilt for choice.    more ...

Columnists > Daniel Matthews

Daniel Matthews

How To Be A Digital Nomad Expat

Posted by: danielmatthews033 on Tuesday June 12, 2018 (15:30:12)   (163 Reads)
The nomadic lifestyle is attractive because you can satisfy your urge to travel, see incredible sites, and have new experiences. But if you’re not rich, traveling around can leave you strapped for cash and even homeless when you return home.

As an expat, you’re probably well aware of America’s big economy and all the money-making opportunities there are in the states, but for one reason or another, you don’t live in America. It seems like you can’t take advantage of America’s economy, but that’s fine with you. Trekking around the globe is more exciting. Yet the nagging question of your lifestyle’s financial viability keeps coming back. Fortunately, you can become a digital nomad.    more ...

Columnists > Maureen Moss

Maureen Moss

Integrate Or Bust!

Posted by: maureenmoss on Thursday May 31, 2018 (09:51:31)   (258 Reads)
Expat group enjoying bbq
Expats enjoying a group bbq - in the photo there are six different nationalities.

Here are some ideas for how to integrate into your new Spanish community.    more ...

Columnists > Naomi Madelin

Naomi Madelin

Just Because They Speak The Same Language...

Posted by: nimnom on Wednesday May 30, 2018 (19:28:03)   (72 Reads)
Look out for the cultural divide - wherever you are!
When my now-husband and I moved to New Zealand from the UK in 2002 we were pretty green about the Land of the Long White Cloud. I’d travelled there in the late 1990’s, fallen in love with it (as a single traveller) and decided I needed to move there.    more ...

Columnists > Rosemary Border Rabson

Rosemary Border Rabson

June In The Morvan

Posted by: marelebas on Wednesday May 30, 2018 (15:50:33)   (80 Reads)
I am typing this on 30 May. Yesterday the checkout girl at Aldi (our favourite supermarket in Corbigny, where the staff are old friends) was too polite to comment on the three bottles of cognac in my basket. Not a drop passed our lips, however: I filled six big kilner jars with brandied cherries. Last year a late frost killed all the blossom. Now our big cherry tree is bent like a weeping willow and the Rabsons, their friends and neighbours compete with the birds for the succulent fruit.    more ...

Columnists > Ben Zabulis

Ben Zabulis

Stretching Oneself

Posted by: gwaijai on Sunday May 27, 2018 (14:25:31)   (496 Reads)
Schematic for a special school in Idah, Nigeria
As a spotty-faced, teenage oik, I’d no idea engineering would take me halfway round the world. So in marking the 200th anniversary of the Institution of Civil Engineers, commemorations of which will align with the UK government’s Year of Engineering campaign to get youngsters thinking STEM, here’s my bit extolling the virtues of what’s on offer: jobs, locations and project diversity – of which, blowing up where I‘d worked, don’t be jealous now, is indeed a good example. Read on!    more ...

Columnists > Daniel Matthews

Daniel Matthews

How To Expatriate And Advance Your Career

Posted by: danielmatthews033 on Thursday May 24, 2018 (16:40:40)   (239 Reads)
An education from one of America’s universities is highly valuable. Our universities are among the best in the world, with students from all over the globe seeking admittance. But it’s also true that America’s job market is tough. It’s highly competitive and wages are relatively low, meaning grads with student loan debt often find themselves in a desperate situation, whittling away at their debt in a low-paying job.

Enter globalization. You don’t have to live in America to get a degree from one of our universities. And the job market in a foreign country may be just what you’re looking for. The option to expatriate is real, and so is online education.    more ...