Expat: Expat mental health

As much as I love summer, there’s something about autumn that makes me feel warm and fuzzy. The colours, food, and clothing of autumn are all about being cosy and snugly.  However, there’s a flip side; the shorter darker days can get tough for expats from sunnier climes. Expat life can be adventure filled but…

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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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