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Expat Round-up: Commuter life as an expat

Although I left my home country Trinidad in my late twenties, I never learnt how to drive. By the time baby number two arrived Hubby wanted me to learn how, for the convenience of the kids and I. Well, I’ve been taking lessons for longer than I’m willing to admit and failed my practical three […]

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Expat Round-up: Crossing continents

Hi I’m Maria Tumolo. I’m taking over the BritMums Expat Round-up from Greta Solomon. I’ve been a member of Britmums from the start of my blogging journey, back in 2011. Over the years I’ve made firm blogger friends and gained wonderful opportunities as a member of the network. For those of you who don’t know me, […]

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Expat Round-up: All change in expat land

“All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves” ~ Anatole France. If there’s one thing you can be certain of as an expat, it’s that life will change. Like the weather, the change can happen daily, hourly or even minute-to-minute. And as […]

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Expat Round-up: An expat returns

So, you’ve settled, and you’ve assimilated as best you can. So, what happens when it’s time to leave? This round-up explores just that with a selection of posts from bloggers who’ve decided it’s time to return home. (Plus, one from a blogger who is staying put). In these Brexit-led times of political upheaval – the […]

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Expat Round-up: Flights, sights & strolls

Last Spring, my sister and her boyfriend stopped off in Oslo, just for the day, as part of a two-week cruise. As my daughter and I walked to the ship to meet them, the city suddenly looked different. Scores of their fellow passengers were walking towards us, and as I looked across the harbour, I suddenly […]

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Expat Round-up: Things to consider before the move

“The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.” I love that line, taken from LP Hartley’s novel The Go-Between. While studying for my A-level in English Literature, I read it again and again and again. I had only travelled abroad a handful of times then. I hadn’t yet shed any past skins, […]

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Expat Round-up: Tales from the frontline

“The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.” ~ Maya Angelou Last week it snowed. Just gently, as though someone had given the streets a generous dusting of icing powder. Then it rained, turning the powder into puddles of ice. […]

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Expat Round-up: The pleasures & pains of expat living

“Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin it. Action has magic, grace and power in it.” ~ Goethe 2017. A fresh start. A new beginning. And a warm welcome from me. I’m Greta Solomon, the new Expat Round-up editor. I’m a Brit mum living in Oslo, Norway with my Norwegian […]

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Expat Round-up: A busy month

And this morning the Black Forest wasn't so black. Grateful for our iglu training which meant we were warm enough😂… #blackforest #familytravel #travelwithkids A photo posted by Emma (@bavariansojourn) on Apr 24, 2016 at 8:00am PDT As with every work posting there comes a little uncertainty from time to time, and it’s currently our time […]

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Expat Round-up: Easter & other holidays

A short-ish Expat round up from me this month as we scramble to get ready for the Easter hols.     Most Expats surrender to the mass exodus during any lengthy holiday period, packing up and shipping out for a week or two.  And although for those of us left behind it can seem a […]

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Expat Round-up: Travel on your doorstep

One of the big advantages of being an Expat is that you often have destinations on your doorstep that others have to spend hours (and quite a lot of money) travelling to.   I look on it as compensation for a life at times I wouldn’t necessarily have chosen!   Even as I write this, […]

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Expat Round-up: A new year

Happy happy New Year!   Sorry – bit of a big break there in the Expat Round up,  caused mostly by the expected arrival of my third baby in the middle of October, and an unexpected hospital stay for me afterwards…  This was followed by countless guests we have had to stay since (14 in total!!) […]

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Expat Round-up: It’s not you, it’s me…

Apologies for the brief interlude! August is typically the busiest month in the life of an Expat, with summer travel coming to an end and the daily cycle of life in a foreign land beginning all over again. Add to that an extreme heatwave here with only a few weeks of pregnancy to go, and […]

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BritMums Expat Round-up: Summer as an Expat

The summer holidays are upon a lot of us international schoolers already. While most of us dream of calm days stretching out ahead in order to relax and unwind, the reality of an expat’s life is very different. More often than not what actually lies ahead is hour upon hour of manic visiting – which […]

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BritMums Expat Round-up – Summer leaving

Can 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 […]

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BritMums Expat Round up: Repatriation Blues

With Small Person No. 3 beginning to make his/her presence felt in the safe environs of my ever-expanding belly, general pregnancy related insomnia has had me pondering many an Expat related question recently, such as:   “Can I cope with having a baby abroad?”, “Wouldn’t it just be easier to go home?”, “What if we […]

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