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June Finnigan


June Finnigan
June Finnigan is an English expat who lives with her man in a lovely old monastery farmhouse overlooking the Chianti Hills, in Tuscany. She is a published Author and her novels, 'My Father, The Assassin', 'The Bolivian Connection' and ‘The Italian Connection’ are available on Amazon. She is also the lead singer of ‘The Rock Chick Band’ in Tuscany. June also shares more information about life in Italy through her blog.


June Finnigan

Happy New Year And Buon Anno

Posted by: junefinnigan on Saturday January 18, 2020 (12:12:05)   (224 Reads)
Happy New Year & Buon Anno to all my lovely followers around the world.

‘I'm back, to let you know that I can really shake them down.' Yes, I know, ancient song lyrics again!    more ...


Armando Cristofori

Armando Cristofori

How To Eat Like A Local In Italy

Posted by: Candocorp on Monday January 13, 2020 (04:08:10)   (598 Reads)
Italy is a favourite tourist or permanent shift destination for those in search of a new career, love, a more relaxed lifestyle, or simply needing a change. We have all heard of pizza, pasta, and espresso, but there are many hidden treasures and dos & don’ts you may not know about the country where the “Dolce Vita” shines bright.    more ...


Ben Zabulis

Ben Zabulis

Great Expectations

Posted by: gwaijai on Friday December 13, 2019 (07:40:13)   (374 Reads)
Outside the polling station
Although several nations have endured a bout of election fever recently, we in little Hong Kong have enjoyed our moment in the media spotlight too. Nothing quite as grand as a full-blown general election for us however, no, ours was a much more humble affair in the form of a territory-wide district council poll, one held every four years. Although I say more humble, the anticipation and fervour leading up to the event truly belied its status.    more ...


Alka Chandiramani

Alka Chandiramani

Tapping Into Singapore’s Business Culture

Posted by: Alkac on Sunday December 08, 2019 (02:36:57)   (41 Reads)
I was recently asked to share my experiences of working & living on the island for 16 years as an Asian. ‘Little Red Dot’, as Singapore is sometimes known, was founded in the 19th century as a British trading colony in the heart of Southeast Asia. Today it is a cosmopolitan city-state with a harmonious blend of culture, cuisine, arts, and architecture, and it has a well-earned reputation as one of the freest, most prosperous, most innovative, most competitive, most business-friendly and least corrupt economies in the world.    more ...


June Finnigan

June Finnigan

Rainy Days In Tuscany

Posted by: junefinnigan on Monday November 18, 2019 (17:08:45)   (57 Reads)
Welcome to my monthly column from Tuscany.

Just like most of Europe, our little bit of Tuscany is currently sodden and flooded from the deluge of rain. This has caused landslides, and non-essential traveling is not recommended. As much as we love our adopted homeland, we will never be happy about the poor infrastructure and lack of quality roads.    more ...


Ben Zabulis

Ben Zabulis

And On It Goes...

Posted by: gwaijai on Saturday November 09, 2019 (08:09:50)   (426 Reads)
Graphic depiction on a Lennon wall
Well, since my last missive we appear to have become the world’s capital of protest and riot, edging out the good people of Santiago, Catalonia and Baghdad who seem intent on giving us a run for our money. But, you know, such events are intriguing as they often seem worse if viewed out of context. Watching our seemingly mad moments of destruction therefore on the late news may have you thinking this is normality Hong Kong-style which, thankfully, it isn’t.    more ...


June Finnigan

June Finnigan

Autumn Colours And Coziness In Tuscany

Posted by: junefinnigan on Wednesday October 16, 2019 (10:56:40)   (65 Reads)
Autumn in Tuscany is arguably the most beautiful season of the year. I love it! By mid-October the grapes have been harvested and the vines are taking on stripes of colour; gold, yellow, orange and red. The sun is lower in the sky and the light creates the most amazing 3D effect across the countryside, the leaves of the olive trees shine bright silver and seen against a backdrop of rolling hillsides of woodland and dark evergreens, the view is breathtaking. The soil has now been dampened by some heavy showers of rain, much needed I have to say, as the land has been very dry over the last few weeks. The moist air brings out the gorgeous smells of the fallen pine leaves and fungi.    more ...


June Finnigan

June Finnigan

Autumn Arrives In Tuscany

Posted by: junefinnigan on Thursday September 19, 2019 (10:50:33)   (463 Reads)
After ten days in England, it was such a relief to get home to Beautiful Tuscany and to find that our local village of Fiano has won back the coveted banner having been victorious at the annual Calambur event! Bravi to all our lovely Italian friends who participated! This event is a bit like the UK's It's a Knockout which was televised and hugely popular in the 60's and 70's.    more ...


Dhyan Summers

Dhyan Summers

Top 3 Tips for being a Happy ESWK (Expat Spouse Without Kids)

Posted by: Jamie on Sunday September 15, 2019 (11:19:09)   (55 Reads)
Frequently I see clients in my practice who are ESWKs (pronounced ‘eswik’) or Expat Spouses Without Kids. Although they are in an enviable position by some standards, they often tell me that their spouse is working all the time, they are lonely, and are fighting, sometimes successfully and sometimes not, the tendency to hide out at home. One client mentioned that she sometimes felt like curling up and hiding in a box in her closet.

There are two sides to the coin of being an ESWK. On one side you have the freedom to do almost anything you want to do, and on the other side is an almost complete lack of structure which at times can seem overwhelming and even despairing. In addition, when you have young children it is much easier to bond with other parents, as you have a built in reason for doing so.    more ...


Dhyan Summers

Dhyan Summers

Expat Psychology; Moving from Isolation to Social Connection - 3 Top Tips

Posted by: Jamie on Sunday September 15, 2019 (11:17:54)   (59 Reads)
Erik Erikson, one of the foremost developmental psychologists of all time, outlined The Eight Stages of Human Development (Erikson 1950). In this seminal work he states that every human being passes through 8 stages of psychological development from birth to death. It is not the scope of this article to go into all the stages, but as an expat, and as a psychotherapist working with expats, I am continually reminded of the 6th stage, Isolation vs. Intimacy, which generally occurs between the ages of 19 to 40. The stage immediately preceding this is the adolescent stage of Identity vs. Role Confusion. Once one’s identity has come into clearer focus, he or she is ready to move on to the task of establishing important relationships such as spouse, children, colleagues and close friends.    more ...




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