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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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Expat Round-up: Of trials & triumphs

Well how do you like that?! Who could have expected snow in March and so much of it as well?  In all the years that I have liked in the UK this has been the most snow fall I’ve ever experienced, in The Burbs.  The school run has been tricky as a pedestrian but fun […]

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Expat Round-up: Resolutions

   February is the shortest month of the year but it can be quite bleak. The reminance of the Christmas jollies has died away and our resolve for change may be waning. Expats probably feel the pressure to succeed more; after all didn’t we leave our home countries for a better life? Socio-economic change is […]

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Expat Round-up: Goodbye 2017 & hello 2018

Hello, Happy New Year! I hope you had a lovely Christmas break. I know Christmas can be rough for expats, especially new expats, without the support of family.  Being away from loved ones may make us blue. In December, I wrote a post on how to survive Christmas as an expat but really it can […]

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Expat Round-up: Christmas traditions old & new

There is no escaping Christmas whether or not you actually celebrate the holidays. As an expat, the season can be filled with pleasant nostalgia or blue melancholy. Over the years I’ve experienced both. Becky says her family always lights a special candle on Christmas Eve and say out loud the names of the people and […]

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Expat Round-up: On nostalgia identity comfort & food

There are now 7 Sundays before Christmas, as the festive season draws nearer is natural for expats to think of ‘home’. My Trini food makes me feel closer; memories of my childhood come flooding back with every spoonful. I’ve tried to share my favourite dishes with my own children but they prefer European food and […]

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Expat Round-up: Expat breaks

If I’ve never said so before, I have a restless spirit. I like to be on the move wish is a good trait for an expat I think? Sometimes I feel that being an expat is like living an ongoing holiday. I don’t mean that I don’t take life seriously; obviously I have to because […]

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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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