Expat stories: Hello, Goodbye and Hello again

Expat life is all about movement, from country to country, town to town. Sometimes for a few months, other times for years.  So, how do expats settle in? This month we have a few new bloggers joining the Expat Round-up. First is Hannah from The Mum and The Mom. She talks about expat acclimatization . I…

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Expat: Intentions for 2019 & new year plans

The things we carry around are what defines us, especially as an expat. Our identity is in the things we choose to travel with: photos, books, food, national dress; a flag. It doesn’t matter if you are newbie expat or have been living in your adopted country for year and years, our stuff defines us.…

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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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