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 coming to the UK, what will it mean for us? As an expat wife we are trying to find our way as wives and mothers in a ‘new world’. Emma from Wanderlust & Wet Wipes clears up the misconceptions about the ‘life of leisure’ that expat wives enjoy. February’s round-up explores resolutions, BREXIT and cultural mores.


Emma looks back at her past year and forward to her hopes for 2018, including perhaps joining her Hubby on his business trip. Read all about in on A Bavarian Sojourn.

Beautiful Tribe’s Adele thinks that we should be hibernating in the winter which one of the reasons why our resolve for change in the New Year fails. She proposes perhaps waiting for spring is a better option. Watch her video to find out more.

Culture Shock

Moving to a new country and fitting into the culture can be tricky. Kate has a funny story about her experiences in France.  Firstly, as offensive to order coffee in the late afternoon there as it is to order a beer at 4 am in the UK. Speaking Breton may smooth things over with some locals, and why not if there’s scrumptious cake on offer.

Although England is the country of my  children’s birth, its not for me and my husband. It can be challenging sometimes to merge all the cultures to celebrate. At The Tiger Tales HQ we are trying to find ways to honour our cultural heritage and put the children at the core of the experience. 

Are we in or are we out?

It seems like madness that there’s still talk whether or not the UK will be leaving the EU.  Personally, I think that ship has already sailed. Question is; how will it affect expat life for those us in the UK and Europe? Sometimes I feel that we should relocate Europe or the warm tropics but is that the best decision for our children?

Natasha took the leap with her family and moved to Normandy. She feels that at the moment she and her family will not be affected in a major way. Read her blog on how Brexit affect Brits in France.

What are your thoughts on any of this? Please tell us. Also, 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.