BritMums Expat Round-up – Summer leaving

expat round-upCan you believe we are almost half the way through the year already?

The advent of summer (hopefully – fingers crossed!) brings with it many mixed feelings for Expats (both long-term and short-term), because this time of year also brings with it many an end of contract. Many find themselves packing up and moving on to pastures new (or indeed back home!), whilst others find themselves bereft at the thought of friends moving on, and quite often, at the thought of being left behind.

I wrote about this very thing at this exact point last year, when a good few friends left, and described how it can feel. Never think an Expat is prone to exaggeration when they tell you that friends can become family when you live abroad – it’s honestly true, and saying goodbye can be just as heartbreaking as it can be to saying goodbye to those you are related to.

Thanks to those that left links to Expat Post last month –  MamaDuckQuacks ponders the question – what makes an Expat Brat (which sadly I couldn’t read as the site referenced was down – but fear not, I shall return to find out!) Pasta & Patchwork asks that most thought-provoking of Expat Questions – What Makes Home, Home? A post in which she thinks about this question deeply, and combines it with some pretty stunning photographs of her current home, Milan; and A Californian Mum in London vlogs about The Accent of an Expat.

Don’t forget to leave any recent links you have below people!  

A few more Expat posts that have caught my eye this past month. Pop over to Out and About Europe – a friend of mine here about to embark on pastures new of her own do let her know if you have any name change ideas. Me, Myself and Atlanta explores the BeltLine of her gorgeous host State; and I loved Selena’s (from Oh the Places We Will Go) post on her visit to Horningsea in the UK.

Good luck to those of you moving on in the next few weeks and to those left behind, just think about that “quilt”!

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About Emma Raphael

Emma Raphael left the UK for Copenhagen in 2009, with her ever-patient husband and two small children.
Having enjoyed a couple of years in Scandinavia, Emma and her family found they enjoyed Expat life so much that they now reside in Munich – where the pace of life is relaxed, her language skills are small, and the mountains and bier halls are very large. Being one half of a self-proclaimed foodie couple, Emma enjoys the new produce and restaurants in each new country she resides in, and has made it her mission to convince people that English food no longer deserves the bad rap it once had. She can be found in the kitchen when she’s feeling homesick, trying to recreate comfort food from home. She also has huge passions for travel, photography, art, wine, gardening (although according to her Bavarian neighbours, she’s not much good at that!) and her family (of course)!


  1. 11 June 2015 / 08:26

    Thank you so much for including my post in your round-up! I read your post on goodbyes the other day, and oh do I know what you mean… This time we’re among the ones who are moving on so in a sense I feel lucky, in that I’m too swept up in the preparations to feel much sadness. It’ll come though, and in any case I can see it in the faces of the friends we’ve made in Italy. There is no denying that it is very, very hard. I hope you don’t have to deal with too many goodbyes this year x

  2. 07 July 2015 / 09:41

    Very useful links in this article, so glad to see many people sharing their experiences and creating a community! I’m planning to be an expat myself next year, so I’ll be glad to join in!