Whistling a happy tune

I’m whistling a happy tune today. Not because I’m happy, rather au contraire. I’m afraid. Deep pit of my stomach aching with anxiety. Knotted and strained and tight. I’m tearful without warning. It’s cold and miserable outside …I’m tearful. Bailey the dog needs walking and cries, and I join in with my human tears. Why…


The perfect expat job

A friend of mine is staring down the barrel of a longterm expat assignment and she is frantic. “but what am I going to do Vix? I’m going to be so bored. I can’t work, I’ll have no friends, I don’t play a sport..what can I do?” It’s a great question and one I asked…


Moving Stories 3 – Moving for love

I started this series – Moving Stories – inspired by my own momumental move ‘for love’, so you can imagine how delighted I was that so many of the respondents are saying the same thing. It seems we’ve all moved for love – in one way or another. Today Michelle Garrett, a US expat living…


Moving Stories – How was it for you?

Was expat life all you expected it to be?  I’ve been mulling over this question like  a Werther’s toffee over the past six months, trying to decide how to advise would-be expats. I’ve moved internationally over six times now, and have lived in four different countries, in both hemispheres. I know quite a bit about…


Somebody I used to know

It wasn’t pouring with rain, the sky was a flooded bathroom floor and I was directly under the drain pipe. At least I had been until I’d grabbed a spot under one of the store’s eaves, and jostled for space between the drips that trickled down through holes in the cloth awning, with other refugees …


Gorgeous things

So that was Easter. Been, gone, done and dusted. It’s the right season for Easter over here in the UK, being Spring and all, but I still find that old spectre of homesickness creeping in despite all the bunnies and chicks, and eggs. It was lovely going over to Strawberry Munchkin’s for a good old…

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