Expat Life: Living in expat limbo

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It’s been eight years since my last visit to the country of my birth, Trinidad. As time goes by I realise how much I’ve acclimatized to British culture. Perhaps, it was only a matter of time to be honest. England  is my home now. However, I didn’t release how much I’d acclimatized until recently. On the other hand some expats return home annually. It’s the planning of the trip ‘home’ that causes expat limbo. April’s Expat-Roundup explores language and the experience of expat limbo.


The thing about an arse a neck


Natasha never fails to inject humour into the expat life experience. After all, we can’t always take ourselves too seriously. Natasha refers to a trip to her local GP in Normandy when the language barrier caused a kafuffle. In her post Do You Know Your Arse From Your Neck? She challenges us; ‘Well I have a rash on my neck. Neck is ‘Cou’ in French and arse is ‘Cul’. Now arse loses it’s ‘L’. You don’t pronounce that so you now have ‘Cou’ and ‘Cu’. Try it. How different do they sound?’

 How would you say it? Have you had a similar experience? Tell us.


Expat Woman or Expat Wife


Emma tell us a about the raging debate within the expat community about on how married woman who are expats are labelled themselves. Are you an expat woman or expat wife? That is the question. Personally, I see myself as an expat because I was an expat before I became a wife. 

Emma writes, ‘expat wife and trailing spouse carried with them some heavy connotations and stereotypes’. Read her post to explore the debate and share your thoughts with us.


Planning Holidays


Jersey Girl talks about that time of the year when it becomes clear you need to make plans for visiting home. She says, ‘I soon realise that the further away from home you get, the more mindful of your plans you need to become.’ This is the time period that causes the annual agonising and it’s totally relatable to many expats. However, she message is for the family of expats as well. Read her post to know what it is.


I hope you enjoyed this month’s round-up. Let me know if there are themes you would like to see covered.  Of course if you have a post you would like to be considered for next month’s round-up, please email me on [email protected]  or DM me on Twitter.

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About Maria Tumolo

Maria Tumolo is a Trinidad-born Surrey based stay at home mum, blogger and aspiring published children’s book writer. She moved to England in 2001. She lived in Cambridgeshire for a few months before moving London, where she’s lived ever since. Prior to marriage and children, she earned a BA in English from The University of The West Indies, Trinidad 1998. Her career history has spanned from Libraries to Further Education.
Her blog The Tiger Tales explore topics such: expat parenting, education, mixed heritage family life, food and beauty. The way to her heart is a Trini Dalpuri Chicken Roti.