Expat Round-up: Rome, Mallorca, Seychelles & more

expats roundup of blog posts UKLast month has been so depressing with all the rain we had, but luckily I had some bright moments reading some amazing posts from fellow expat bloggers. I love coming across new blogs and reading about what they have been up to as well as checking my old-time favourites!

My January was mostly about getting my fitness back. Not only have I decided to run another marathon, this time in Prague (the Czech Republic is my home country) but I am very proud to say I have been chosen as 1 of Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Swimathon’s ‘Top 15 bloggers’ #blogsquad #Swimathon, and will be supporting Team Honk #teamhonkrelay and raising some very needed cash for people in need. Please sponsor me. Thank you.

I did not count on doing this challenge this year, but who could say no to this opportunity? Last year I swam 5km (200 lengths) in 2 hours and 20 minutes. This year I will be taking on only 2.5km (100 lengths), and will aim for swimming it in 60 minutes. If you could spare a few seconds and a few pounds, you can show your support on my donation page. Thank you for doing so. By the way, if you blog about anything connected with fitness, join in my #FitnessTuesday linky!

Now I would like to draw your attention to a very popular blog called Gammon and Chips, my daughters’ favourite food by the way, as she is part of an amazing campaign which supports anti-bullying. They have managed to reach 100,000 signatures, and are on the way to Westminster! Good luck!

Have you ever watched BBC1 “Homes Under the Hammer”? That’s what it has reminded me of when I was reading this post about creating the dream forever home. It was supposed to be forever, but lasted not very long as homesickness was stronger!

If you would like to hear more about life in sunny Valencia, then you also need to read this very interesting post about Spanish birthday parties. I have to admit and say that I was shocked to find out they can last for 3-4 hours, in this case I think I prefer the English ones as entertaining Isabelle’s friends for 2 hours seems like a massive task.

As it was Valentines on Friday, it reminded of the fabulous romantic times I had with daddy years ago in Rome. We love that city, and cannot wait to go back with my girls once they are a bit older and can remember at least something about this city. If you are visiting Rome with your toddler, check out 5 Things to Share with a Toddler on a Rainy Day in Rome, definitely some great ideas for a rainy day.

We have been quite lucky here in London and no snow this year. You might wonder why I say lucky as all children love snow. I grew up in the Czech Republic, just half an hour away from gorgeous ski slopes, and we go back every year. In fact we are leaving this weekend, and Isabelle cannot wait to go skiing. Here in London I hate snow, as it only causes chaos, I cannot drive as we don’t have winter tyres, and would you believe that even schools get closed? That never happened in my life when I lived back in the Czech Republic, and when I tell my niece and nephew, they secretly wish they could live here just in case it did start snowing and the school was cancelled. Anyway, I love snow, in the mountains, that is just me. If you would like to see some lovely snowy pictures, check out Mum Turned Mom post about A Sledge and a Snowman.

Now, this blog is completely new to me, and I have to say that when I saw the title, I was jealous without even looking at the photos. Would you be? I have never been to Seychelles, and would love to go. Keep in mind; they do have rain there too!

British or American? Well, if you are American and marry an English guy, live in London, can you expect your children to speak with an American accent? What do you think?

The last post for this month’s round-up is by a blogger who is based in Mallorca. She and her family were having a lovely Saturday evening together, when she realised there was something wrong. Their house was on fire. Read her post to find out what happened next.

If you have a story you would like to share, do not forget to leave a link to it below. Thank you and see you next month.

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About Mirka Moore

Mirka is a multi - award nominated professional lifestyle blogger obsessed with travel, social media & fitness. She is also Swimathon, Venice Marathon & Kiqplan ambassador, known for encouraging other women to keep fit & healthy. Her blog Fitness 4 Mamas is loaded with realistic tips for real mamas not superwomen. Come and join Mirka on her fitness journey to healthy living!

4 Responses to Expat Round-up: Rome, Mallorca, Seychelles & more

  1. Seychellesmama 18 February 2014 at 14:27 #

    Oooo thank you very much for featuring my little blog on here 🙂 xx

  2. Gammon & Chips (@maddiesinclair) 18 February 2014 at 20:03 #

    Thanks so much for including our Love for Izzy Dix anti-bullying campaign. Unfortunately it seems to be a growing problem in the UK, Australia… or wherever you may hail from. Together, we can make a change. Don’t bully. Love instead. Love for Izzy Dix.

  3. TalesofaTwinMum 18 February 2014 at 20:07 #

    What a great idea! I’m really keen to find blogs by people who have moved to a different country as we’re moving from the UK to Australia later this year. I’m particularly jealous of the SeychellesMama though – what an incredible place to raise your family! xx

  4. Gill 19 February 2014 at 10:58 #

    I blog about my life in France with 4 under 4 – can always sympathise with ex-pat issues!