Expat: On family & friendships

Towards the end of summer an ole friend of mine visited from Trinidad. I didn’t realise how lonely I was feeling until it was time to say goodbye.  My heart broke and the tears came as I walked away. Being an expat has its blessing but there are times when we long the understanding that…

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Expat: Seasons change

Scorching weather has carried on from June well into August.  The days have been amazing, but the nights oppressively hot. I haven’t been that hot since 2010, when I spent 9 days in Trinidad while pregnant with my first baby. One of the things I noticed as a newbie expat was how the warmer temperature…

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Expat: Got kids will travel

June was a scorcher with temperatures into the 30’s some days. Island girl that I am, I can’t stand the heat. You’re likely to find me in the shade with a sunhat and flops. Interestingly, the guys showed their appreciation (or not) for the heatwave by going about topless. Now, this is a practice I…

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Expats: Settling back into the UK & the month of Ramadan

HI! What a month May was, eh?  We had two Bank Holidays AND a Royal Wedding. How awesome was that? I totally get it that there has been mixed feelings about the wedding be it a matter of race, finance, republicanism or (post)colonialism. The latter had me at torn, being an expat from the Commonwealth.…

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Expat Round-up: Home and away

Month to month the Expat Round-Up is different. Some months there’s a theme. Other months, I simply share the sterling work that my fellow expat bloggers produce and look for the common thread. This month, the thread that I picked up lead made me think of home and away. I don’t mean the television soap…

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Expat Round-up: The experiences of being an expat parent

Parenting is challenging because there really is no one way to do it. We all have our ideas of what it takes to be a good parent. Question is; how do expat parents fare against different cultural beliefs, government policies and so on?  My beliefs have altered over the years. The ideals I had as…

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