No Job, New Country, Zero Friends – Why Do I Keep Signing Up For This?”

No Job, New Country, Zero Friends – Why Do I Keep Signing Up For This?”

Each time I move to a new country, I usually spend the first month (or two!) asking myself the same question:  “what the @#$#$#% am I doing here?” Friendless, jobless and clueless is usually a pretty succinct description of me at the beginning of each expat stint, no...
The Best Bits From A Life Lived Abroad

The Best Bits From A Life Lived Abroad

As expats, we always say that living abroad changes us. Living in a foreign country teaches us valuable lessons, about ourselves and about the local culture and customs, which we experience first-hand. Different countries teach us different lessons. Sometimes, even...
THE HIERARCHY OF WORLD LANGUAGES – MY EXPERIENCES FROM THE EXPAT TRAIL

THE HIERARCHY OF WORLD LANGUAGES – MY EXPERIENCES FROM THE EXPAT TRAIL

  Languages fascinate me. But from as far as I can remember, I took the ability to speak more than 1 language completely for granted. It wasn’t until I became an expat and met my husband-to-be and built a life around speaking and hearing at least 4 foreign...
LA DOLCE VITA: My Experience of Marrying into an Italian Family

LA DOLCE VITA: My Experience of Marrying into an Italian Family

My Italian story starts with an Italian boy of course. Our first encounter was at a student orientation meeting in a university class, in the Southern English city of Brighton. When I asked him where he was from, he said to me with a grin “I’m Italian.” With a name...

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