Expats: Settling back into the UK & the month of Ramadan

Expat Round-upHI! What a month May was, eh?  We had two Bank Holidays AND a Royal Wedding. How awesome was that? I totally get it that there has been mixed feelings about the wedding be it a matter of race, finance, republicanism or (post)colonialism. The latter had me at torn, being an expat from the Commonwealth. Nonetheless, I spent my day watching the Royal Wedding. So, didn’t watch the wedding but you enjoyed the Bank Holidays. What did you get up to? I still can’t get used to the term ‘Bank Holiday’. I never know how to explain to anyone who asks me. I’m used Public Holidays like Eid, Divali, Corpus Christi and Independence Day. Since it’s timely, the June Expat Round-up will explore expat marriage, sacred holidays and life lesson.


An Expat Wedding

Californian mum Elfa joins us this month. In her piece entitled Dear Meghan (from one American expat to another); she shares her pearls of wisdom on how to settle into life in the UK.  Last but not least was her advice on embracing your own culture. She sassily says, ‘If someone doesn’t like your cute sayings, then tell them they can kiss you where the sun don’t shine.’

In my piece An Expat Wedding, I wanted to share my own poignant experience as an expat marrying in England. I included a few tips on how to up keep the cost down, if have a tight budget. ‘Be realistic about what you can afford, then plan accordingly (EBay, charity shops, Gumtree and the like, can be your friend)’


A year in a life

 Natasha and her family have been A Year in Normady.  Natasha explores the best and worst things about living in Normandy. One of her best experiences to date is that the services work well.  One of her worst was the challenge of establishing friendships.

Meanwhile, Catherina shares her gems after living in Portugal for one year. She and her family made the big move so their son could have a more outdoorsy life.  Currently they are living in a two-bedroom mobile home but the aim is to purchase their Ideal home in the sun.


Work and Play

Emma shares the realities of being an expat stay at home mum. It’s not all glam especially if your spouse has to travel for work frequently. Her post I gave up my career for this… shares the rough and the smooth. Emma keeps it real as she works through her emotions. This is post reminds us all, we are not alone when we feel some days are too much.

Jersey Girl is also new to the round-up. Originally from the Channel Island Jersey, she’s currently based in Kuwait. Recently, she wrote about A Desert Ramadan. It’s quite fascinating learning about the month of Ramadan from non-Muslim expat living in a Muslim country. Expat or not this is a must read, if you want to visit a Muslim country during the month of Ramadan.

Leona tells us Everything you need to know about Grangao in Qatar.  What is Garangao you ask? Well… as Leona shares its ‘… at the halfway point of Ramadan (the 14th night). It is essence the night of Ramadan for children!’


I hope you enjoyed this month’s round-up. 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. 

1 Comment

  1. 19 June 2018 / 10:51

    Came back to the UK last summer after 27 years in the USA. Let’s just say it’s been a learning curve. LOL