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 too. The snow is different to what I’ve seen in the past. It’s powdery, light and pretty. I can’t imagine what it has been like to drive in on those days of heavy snow fall. Then again, I can’t drive yet. After 17 years as an expat, I’m still having wonderful first time experiences.  Life is good and always full of surprises. Here’s the March Expat Round-up.

Earth to Normandy

I truly enjoy reading Natasha’s blog on her setting home in Normandy. This is the real of first time expat experience, all the ups and downs of it. In a recent post she talks about the challenges of getting a telephone line and access to internet. As a self-confessed social media addict, who cried like a baby when my phone got stuck behind the radiator for a couple hours, I can’t imagine what it’s like have next to no access for nine months. This is Natasha’s story.

Natasha also goes interesting detail about the differences between British schooling and French schooling. It’s not just a change on how the teaching is delivered but a full 360 mind-set change.


Get Up, Get Down

Kate has been having wild ole time. I’m talking long nights of horizontal can-can dance and break dancing with Gandalf. Don’t believe me?, pop over and read all about it.

Over at The Tiger HQ we had a merry old time this Chinese New Year. No Break Dancing, although we did see an elegantly danced Umbrella Dance and a Dragon Dance in Leicester Square, London. Ours was more a week of cultural appreciation, crafting and eating. We made not one but two visits to London’s Chinatown. Apparently London’s celebration of the Chinese New Year is the largest outside of China! Now, that’s impressive.

Bon Appetit

On the topic of food, Katherine is joining in on the round-up for the first time. She’s from Canada now based in Somerset. She’s obsessed about creating yummy dishes with veggies. Have you ever tried vegan cupcakes?  Vegan or not Katherine is sure to have the right meal for you. Did I mention her cupcakes are chocolate?

Do let me know if there are themes you would like to see covered.  Of course if you have a post you would 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.