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  • Teaching Kids Authenticity & the Wonderful Risk in Telling the Truth

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    2 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    This mom is trying to teach her daughter that being her authentic self can save her a lifetime of heartache. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Returning Expats Could Find Buying Property a Struggle

    British Expatriate Community
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:44 am
    One of the biggest concerns that many Brits have when they embark on their new life abroad is that they may be unable to settle and have to return home to Blighty, tail tucked firmly between their legs. It doesn’t matter how much preparation you do in the lead up to emigrating, the fact is that sometimes things go wrong: a family member can’t settle; you can’t find work and therefore can’t afford to live as you would like; or maybe you just end up missing the UK more than you ever imagined you would. For many who do return, though, it’s not so much the embarrassment of having to…
  • Indian returns lost purse filled with money

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    29 Jul 2014 | 5:06 am
    Dubai, July 29 (IANS) In a heartening show of honesty, an Indian expatriate returned a purse containing 25,000 dirhams (around $6,800) and vital documents to an Italian woman who lost it on the roadside in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), media reported. Rasheed Pericheri, 36, took it upon himself to return the lost purse that he came across on a pavement in the UAE's capital Abu Dhabi to the ...
  • Senior Spotlight: 5 Tips For Planning A Funeral For A Loved One

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:14 am
    Looking to spice up your company web site? Graphics are nice, but what your customers (and future customers) want is fresh information. They want to see that your business pays attention to all aspects of its image. And a web site designed three years ago with nary an update since sends the wrong message. Our family life goes through similar changes. The balance of your influencing your children changes, demanding a rebalance of your private life. Consider the balance when the children were small to when you will have an empty nest. Both logic and Ethics demands you treat your children well.
  • Summer Hols: Part 1

    Life with 2 Lads & a Lass
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:55 pm
    Leanne got here on Tuesday night and so we began our summer vacation part 1 (part 2 will start when my mum and Tom get here).Her plane journey was a tad nerve-wracking as the flight was late leaving Manchester and so she missed her connecting flight in Toronto but she got here about 10.30pm. Craig met her on his own at the airport. She looked so shell-shocked when she came into the house but then 20 hours of travel and a gang of over-enthusiastic family members you've never met before will do that to you.On Friday morning we went on a camping trip to Niagara Falls. We camped for 3 nights at a…
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  • Indian returns lost purse filled with money

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:06 am
    Dubai, July 29 (IANS) In a heartening show of honesty, an Indian expatriate returned a purse containing 25,000 dirhams (around $6,800) and vital documents to an Italian woman who lost it on the roadside in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), media reported. Rasheed Pericheri, 36, took it upon himself to return the lost purse that he came across on a pavement in the UAE's capital Abu Dhabi to the ...
  • Decomposed body found near gas station

    28 Jul 2014 | 6:35 am
    An expatriate worker found a decomposed body in a suburb of Dhiba governorate. The body was found near a petrol station. Dhiba Police spokesman Lt. Col. Khalid Al-Ghabban said police were notified of the body and forensics teams were dispatched to the site for investigations.
  • Duped ‘smuggler’ released after innocence proved

    26 Jul 2014 | 12:51 am
     An Indian expatriate who landed in an Abu Dhabi jail for "unknowingly" carrying drugs in a parcel given to him by an acquaintance, was released on Thursday as his innocence was proved after 36 days of imprisonment. K.M. Shiju' release came after the arrest of the real culprits in his hometown in the south Indian state of Kerala, which was then communicated to the UAE authorities through the ...
  • Nitaqat woes dampen Eid for some expats

    24 Jul 2014 | 5:59 pm
    JOY OF EID: An expatriate child buys sweets at a shop in Jeddah. Some children may not be so lucky this year because their parents’ bank accounts have been frozen. This is for failing to comply with Nitaqat regulations.
  • Expatriate dies in traffic accident

    23 Jul 2014 | 3:17 am
    Four Pakistani nationals were killed in a traffic accident in Al-Asmaa area, east of the governorate on Monday. A Saudi citizen was also injured. The head of Tabah traffic police, Lt. Col. Abdullah Al-Bagmi, said preliminary investigations show that the victim's car crossed the main road without noticing another vehicle coming its way. He said that the other car was driven by a citizen, who ...
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    British Expatriate Community

  • Returning Expats Could Find Buying Property a Struggle

    28 Jul 2014 | 10:44 am
    One of the biggest concerns that many Brits have when they embark on their new life abroad is that they may be unable to settle and have to return home to Blighty, tail tucked firmly between their legs. It doesn’t matter how much preparation you do in the lead up to emigrating, the fact is that sometimes things go wrong: a family member can’t settle; you can’t find work and therefore can’t afford to live as you would like; or maybe you just end up missing the UK more than you ever imagined you would. For many who do return, though, it’s not so much the embarrassment of having to…
  • An Englishman in Dubai?

    28 Jul 2014 | 9:55 am
    Dubai is quickly becoming the most favoured place of investment for many nations. England, Pakistan and India are currently in the list of the top countries making investments in the UAE. The matter that concerns many is the mention of England among the developing countries of Asia. One can understand why a staggering amount of investment is coming from Pakistan and India, but England, a country that tops the real estate value list across the globe, investing in Dubai is a matter that needs attention. It comes as no surprise that the English are running short of land. Where unemployment is…
  • Annual Migrant Arrivals Exceed 100,000

    25 Jul 2014 | 12:16 am
    In the June 2014 year, permanent and long-term (PLT) migrant arrivals numbered 100,800 (up 14 percent from 2013), the first time more than 100,000 arrivals have been recorded in a year. Migrant departures numbered 62,400 (down 22 percent). This resulted in a net gain of 38,300 migrants, the highest annual gain since the October 2003 year (39,300). New Zealand recorded its highest-ever net gain of 42,500 migrants in the May 2003 year. In the latest year, New Zealand had a net loss of 8,300 migrants to Australia, well down from 31,200 a year earlier. Net gains were recorded from most other…
  • International schools end 2013-2014 school year with increased options for expat children

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:23 am
    The international schools market has expanded significantly this school year, providing English-speaking education around the world for more children than ever before. In just one year, the number of students aged between 3 and 18 attending international schools has increased from 3.3 million (in May 2013) to 3.7 million (May 2014).  The demand for places, particularly those in non-English-speaking countries, continues to be driven by two expanding sectors; local families and expatriates. Although the number of expat children attending international schools continues to increase, the largest…
  • The Paparazzi Expat

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:05 am
    A few days ago I received an email from what I had previously thought was a reputable media agency in New York, asking me if I knew of a good “paparazzi style” photographer on the island or, failing that, would I be prepared to “do the job”? Apparently, there was a Very Important Person on the island, and the magazine wanted to obtain a collection of photos for their publications, as well as providing material for others who were interested. Our islands regularly welcome a fair number of the famous, rich and powerful and well-heeled members of society. We are used to accommodating…
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  • Senior Spotlight: 5 Tips For Planning A Funeral For A Loved One

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:14 am
    Looking to spice up your company web site? Graphics are nice, but what your customers (and future customers) want is fresh information. They want to see that your business pays attention to all aspects of its image. And a web site designed three years ago with nary an update since sends the wrong message. Our family life goes through similar changes. The balance of your influencing your children changes, demanding a rebalance of your private life. Consider the balance when the children were small to when you will have an empty nest. Both logic and Ethics demands you treat your children well.
  • The Basics Of Installment Financial Loans

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Many different issues can trigger poor credit, at times it is issues that are not a people direct fault. For instance, receiving a new property or auto loan can knock your rating down quite a bit for awhile. Select a loan provider that you are interested in doing organization with and post your software. The very first issue you will very likely be questioned is the volume of cash that you would like to borrow. The details that you will be required to post is quite easy. Most online loan companies question for your full authorized identify, tackle, social protection amount, your…
  • Generator Overview: Honeywell Hw2000i Inverter Generator

    27 Jul 2014 | 9:28 am
    Generator Review: Honeywell Hw2000i Inverter Generator aSociety is experiencing raising costs when it comes to just about everything. Two areas that we look to be the most worried about is gas and oil. We are led to feel that these are the only two troubles simply because they are talked about the most. Reality is that there is a great deal more utilities and services that are skyrocketing in cost. These problems have been calling for an energy to locate approaches to reduce the cost. One firm is striving to solve the problem of electrical power expense, with the Hyperion Electrical power…
  • Victorias Secret Provide Code For 2011

    27 Jul 2014 | 9:12 am
    Internet shopping has grow to be very frequent to every single other person nowadays. And the solution offered by way of the web ranges from a home to dwell in to the little napkin that we use every single day in kitchen. Almost something and almost everything can be ordered by way of the web sitting at your home in front of your personal computer and the exact same is delivered at your doorstep. Although all these are really true to uncover out the right deal is not an effortless activity. This write-up will assist you sort out the trouble you have in using coupon codes for shopping by way…
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  • Summer Hols: Part 1

    21 Jul 2014 | 6:55 pm
    Leanne got here on Tuesday night and so we began our summer vacation part 1 (part 2 will start when my mum and Tom get here).Her plane journey was a tad nerve-wracking as the flight was late leaving Manchester and so she missed her connecting flight in Toronto but she got here about 10.30pm. Craig met her on his own at the airport. She looked so shell-shocked when she came into the house but then 20 hours of travel and a gang of over-enthusiastic family members you've never met before will do that to you.On Friday morning we went on a camping trip to Niagara Falls. We camped for 3 nights at a…
  • Weekly Catch-up & T minus 2

    13 Jul 2014 | 8:20 pm
    Camp was a huge success for both boys. When I picked Jack up Friday from his he begged to stay for a few more minutes to play shuffle ball. On the way home he fought hard to keep back the tears but they flowed. He said he made so many friends and had such a great time that he was sad it was over. I felt so bad for him as I remember that feeling of something being "over" when you've had so much fun as a kid. He's so like me. Next summer they'll be in camp all summer long, but that's no consolation for an eight year old who lives in the moment.Our days were packed as usual: Physio for my hand,…
  • Summer Camp!

    8 Jul 2014 | 7:46 pm
    After Camp - Day 1I signed both boys up for a week of separate summer camps this week. I thought it would do them both good to meet new friends and be adventurous and be outside all day.I knew Jack would love it and he does. He's fishing, watching bugs, going to the zoo and playing in the gym. My only worry is that he'll wish he could go the whole summer and be upset that he's not.I'll be honest I was dreading taking Daniel to his camp even though he told me back in May he'd do it. I don't think I blogged about this but at his end of year pre-k picnic he refused to get out of the car, cried…
  • Stories from my childhood

    6 Jul 2014 | 10:19 pm
    I have started to tell my lads about stupid and funny things I did as a kid. I was always up to mischief - falling off my bike (over the handle bars on many an occasion), stealing apples, making dens,  camping, riding on 50cc motorbikes and just messing about.  One of the things we did (me and my mate Sue Rushton) was to sit on the two water pipes that crossed the brook on our lane, next to my house. This is the actual picture of it. The water line only sits about 8ft above the water but the embankment was full on nettles (stinging weeds) so we were usually cautious.One day as…
  • July 4th and Lamb Cook-out

    6 Jul 2014 | 10:17 am
    Here's lots of pictures from our July 4th holiday and lamb cook-out. What a fantastic weekend of friends, food, fireworks, and football!!
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  • break-bone fever, bent-back fever and malaria, oh-my!

    10 Jul 2014 | 6:32 pm
    When I first came to the DR ten years ago, I was given a course in tropical diseases - it was a general "going-overseas" course, so a lot of the diseases we learned about didn't even really apply to my part of the world, and really, THANK YOU WORLD. Some of those things - worms that bore through the heels of your feet and end up in your blood stream, scorpions that sting, snakes that bite - are enough to give the most seasoned outdoorsmen nightmares.The Dominican Republic doesn't even have a malaria problem (though occasionally you'll hear of malaria in Haiti). As far as mosquito-borne…
  • never a dull moment.

    8 Jul 2014 | 6:40 pm
    On Sunday, I took the kids to the beach with our friends, The Rousculps.The nearest beach is only about an hour from our house, and I'm very sad to tell you that we do not visit there often enough. It is a beautiful, Caribbean beach with waters as azul as the sky, and as warm as ocean water should be. The beach sand is white and soft. And.And we can go there in January. Or March. Or really whenever.But we don't.Because we apparently do not know how to take advantage of what we've got.Nevertheless, on Sunday, we went.The water was beautiful, the sun was out. And, of course...thank god…
  • on reading.

    4 Jul 2014 | 6:44 pm
    Volunteer Anne Pelsser read to studentsthree times a week for an entire semester.We miss you Anne (and Pierre!)I've said - quite frequently and to anyone who would listen - that most of the problems that we've dealt with in starting and running a school are not the problems that I foresaw. I expected irresponsibility with payments, lack of concern from parents and maybe some teacher truancy and attendance issues. There are some inherent problems due to the demographic that the school serves, but overall, I guess I expected some semblance of teacher preparation and training - after all, all…
  • Emergency (part 3)

    3 Jul 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Last March I had a health scare. It started with just a little shortness of breath, tightness in the chest and, overnight, escalated to not being able to breathe. I got  up in the morning and even got in the concho with Jewel to go to school. Half-way there, I knew I wasn't going to make it. Could we please just go to the emergency room of that terrible public hospital by school? Surely, being located next to a burning landfill they'll have the resources necessary to deal with a respiratory issue. We got out of the car, walked down to the hill to the ER entrance and asked our way…
  • school's out for summer!

    29 Jun 2014 | 7:17 pm
    This school year was filled with growing pains - we now have a 100% different staff than when we started imparting informal classes three school years ago, we have new resources and a completely new national curriculum to comply with. It's a lot of figuring things out and dealing with problems, and I'm really sad that I wasn't able to spend nearly as much time with the kids as I would have liked.But! Because of my limited interaction with all of the students, I was able to form and stregthen relationships with a few that I might not otherwise have had a ton of time for. In fact, I looked…
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    Musings from inside, outside, and underneath

  • Ending the way many others started

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Ready for school   The first day of school, my daughter waved me off, barely giving me a peck goodbye.  She had found her place.  Finally.  She was three, surrounded by friends, books, toys, and learning.  There was activity and attention.  Cloud nine. All year, she has loved school.  Loved her wonderful teacher, Miss Jenny.  Loved her classmates, especially S.  Loved to learn.  She sings songs, tells me stories, points out characters and uses phrases like “that is quite small”.  All year, on days she has school (only twice a week), she wakes up extra early, too…
  • Maybe we need to have “the talk” earlier

    16 Jul 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Friends invited us over to a little dinner party on their back porch last weekend.  We like visiting them as they have a nearly three-year-old as well.  M and Little Elephant are fabulous friends and school classmates.  He is the sweetest boy who has relentlessly pursued her friendship, hugging, holding hands, and sharing his beloved cars for more than two years.  Note: the first toy Little Elephant. slept with was one of his cars! As she stood by my plate picking at food, M meandered over and announced he wanted to show her something.  He then boldly put his hand out, confident…
  • Photo Wednesday: Stone Carver

    27 Jun 2014 | 2:28 am
    Photo: Clare Says All Rights Reserved This man has been at his craft for many decades… and even passed it down to one of his nephews.  His work was amazing and loved his little shop in the “bazaar” in Gjirokaster.  Still wondering if I should get my Little Elephant his carving of Mama and baby elephants…
  • Happy 3rd Birthday

    15 Jun 2014 | 7:43 am
    All Rights Reserved Clare Says Dear Little Elephant, Today, you turned three years old!  I can’t believe how fast the time has gone, how big your have gotten, how much you make me laugh, and how proud I am to be your Mommy.  I can only hope to watch you reach 103! You love graham crackers.  This is unfortunate, as they are hard to find overseas.  Luckily, we know where to find the supply locally and when they get in a shipment, I buy multiple boxes.  Then, I take the boxes to my office and bring them home only one at a time (you still haven’t figured out this trick, but I am…
  • Eat your vegetables

    7 Jun 2014 | 12:22 am
    “Look Mommy! Harley is eating her salad!!!”
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    Expat Chronicles

  • The Second MIA Incident

    28 Jul 2014 | 11:31 pm
    Expat Chronicles If you haven’t, read The (First) MIA Incident. That was when I was selected for extra screening while entering the country at the Miami airport. A tiny amount of contraband was NOT found, which I owe to Jesus. And me being stupid, I wrote an article all about it with pictures. I still had hoop dreams of being a famous, sensational writer. And famous, sensational writers obviously write sensational stories like that. From that article: Given I’m on the list, I’m prepared to be manually searched every time now. I need to leave at least three hours for my MIA…
  • $1 SEO Opportunity

    27 Jul 2014 | 9:27 pm
    Expat Chronicles When designing the Kickstarter rewards for This Mick’s Life, I decided to put the lowest donation possible: ONE DOLLAR. What reward do I offer for one dollar? A link in a blog post titled, “Acknowledgements for the Donors to This Mick’s Life.” The links will be “follow links” (as opposed to rel=”nofollow”) with whichever anchor text you want for your targeted keywords. For an example of optimized keywords, Poblado Rentals uses “luxury apartments in Medellin.” See the SEO page on Wikipedia for an overview on search…
  • Former Smuggler on the Peru Two

    23 Jul 2014 | 11:04 pm
    Expat Chronicles If you haven’t heard of the “Peru Two,” from UK drug smugglers jailed in Peru (link contains video): Two UK women caught trying to smuggle cocaine out of Peru have been jailed for six years and eight months each. Michaella McCollum, of Dungannon, County Tyrone, and Melissa Reid, of Lenzie, near Glasgow, both 20, admitted trying to smuggle cocaine worth £1.5m. They were jailed for eight years each, but the sentences were reduced because of their guilty pleas. The prison terms will run from their arrest on 6 August this year until 5 April 2020. … The…
  • Cycling in Bogota

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:51 pm
    Expat Chronicles I owe the city of Bogota for giving me a love of cycling. Bicycles are the best way to see any city, and the only way to live in Bogota. I couldn’t suffer a life in Bogota without a bicycle. You can not simply jump in a taxi or bus to go anywhere at any time. If it’s raining there are usually no taxis. And the buses are packed at peak hours. The traffic is so unreal that neither makes quick progress. I recognized this as soon as I arrived in 2009 and acquired a bicycle from Mike Caeser of Bogota Bike Tours. He gave me an old beach cruiser whose handlebars…
  • The Mick on Being a Paddy in 1980s London

    21 Jul 2014 | 11:56 pm
    Expat Chronicles The Mick had a welfare fraud scheme in London during the 1980s. Below is a paraphrased transcript of an audio recording of him talking about his time there. 39 hours of such recordings are the reward for donors of $100 or more to This Mick’s Life: Addiction and Underworld from Ireland to Colombia. Note for those on the west side of the pond: ‘paddy‘ in European slang is derogatory for Irishman, as ‘mick‘ is in the United States. A Paddy in London The Mick speaks: I went over there to fuckin’ start doing the dole … I was strung out…
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  • Eidiya for distribution

    28 Jul 2014 | 4:35 am
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  • Public Services – Muscat Style

    27 Jul 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Tucked away in a corner with Bougainvillea cascading over the wall is one of Muscat’s new high-tech Japanese toilets. The lack of public toilets in Muscat is something that needed attention – and its been done with style. Complimenting them is … Continue reading →
  • Rumba Lattina Resteraunt

    26 Jul 2014 | 10:19 am
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  • Eid Mubarak Oman

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:39 pm
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  • Qaranqasho at Bait Zubair

    12 Jul 2014 | 9:21 pm
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  • Letters from Egypt: Alcohol Licenses under New Government

    14 Jul 2014 | 4:57 am
    Between continuous raids confiscating alcohol from various popular expat hangouts and other restaurants discontinuing their libation services (TGI Fridays and Fish Market), places where you could grab a cold one after a long day of work seemed to dwindle once Mohamed Morsi was elected president. But now with Sisi in power, it appears to be easier to acquire licensing for alcohol sales. The first thing that you need to understand about Egypt is that everything is paid via bribes or the local term, backsheesh. This has not changed since Mubarak’s era, going into Morsi’s brief stint and now…
  • Letters from Egypt: Carjackings, Gas Prices & Ramadan

    6 Jul 2014 | 3:45 am
    Carjackings There has always been crime, but Egypt was a relatively safe place. In fact, I’d venture to say that it was “stupid safe” (e.g. so safe that you momentarily get stupid and forget to use basic precautions). That has all changed significantly. For any of you that want to compare the crime rates to countries like the US and UK, save it. The reason that this is so important to those of us living here is because it is a sudden hike in criminal activity compared to previous figures. Comparing crime rates to other countries is like comparing apples and oranges. And by doing so, you…
  • Letters from Egypt: SUPRRISE!

    3 Jun 2014 | 3:41 am
    The results from the presidential elections between former army chief Abdel Fattah Al Sisi and previous presidential hopeful Hamdeen Sabahy held May 26-28 will be announced today. It was such a close race, it’s anyone’s guess as to who will win… Voter participation was so low that polling stations remained open an extra day. In addition, on May 26 at 11 pm, the government declared May 27 a holiday in hopes of encouraging a higher turnout. Figures out of the Electoral Commission said that 37% of the eligible voters had taken part in the elections although analysts refuted that claim. The…
  • Letters from Egypt: Heading to the Polls (Again)

    26 May 2014 | 3:39 am
    As I ventured downtown Thursday night, people were putting up more General Al Sisi signs. The sites consisted of 3-4 people (depending on the size of the sign) as music blared, unlike previous times that had crowds in the hundreds/thousands celebrating. A friend’s uncle spent LE 1,500 (over $200) for four regular signs and one large sign in support of Sisi (exactly who got that money, I wonder). Some of the Egyptian flags being sold on the street have Sisi's picture printed in the center, yet there are no signs or ads remotely featuring the general’s opponent, Hamdeen Sabahy. Although the…
  • Letters from Egypt: When Elephants Fight, the Grass Suffers

    22 May 2014 | 4:31 am
    Picture source: Wikipedia I went over to grab a friend last night to treat them to a farewell dinner at one of my favorite places in Cairo (The Lemon Tree on the Imperial Boat in Zamalak). I say farewell because the friend will travel to the US for work, but since he is a defense contractor working alongside the Egyptian Armed Forces (EAF) – the situation is more than a little uncertain. Paperwork was not filed within the allotted time by the EAF, and even though the EAF renewed some of the contracts, the money has not been provided to keep certain divisions. So it appears as though many…
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  • The ongoing hexagon quilt project

    29 Jul 2014 | 2:59 am
    It’s been a while since I shared a photo of the hexagon quilt in progress. I’ve been working on this since March 2012. Since I’m making it queen-sized I’ve still got a way to go.   It’s now wider than a small single bed mattress, but not as long yet. I started piecing this by adding rings to a central hexagon. Now I’m working on squaring it up so that I can add rows to make it fit our bed. (Not that we need a quilt here in PNG, but I’m planning for the ‘one day’ when we live somewhere a bit cooler). Here’s how much it’s…
  • First new socks in 30 odd years

    26 Jul 2014 | 12:56 am
    When I was a little girl I had a lovely big doll. A few months after getting her a parcel arrived in the post. It turned out that one of my Oma’s (Grandmother’s) friends had crocheted her some lovely dresses, trousers, shirts, hats and booties. I still have the doll and she still has her clothes, but they are starting to look a little worse for wear after approximately 33 years. Recently I was knitting some baby socks, intending to donate them to charity, but when Gorgeous Girl saw them she asked if they would fit dolly. (When the doll was in my possession she had a name, but…
  • Sewing

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:23 am
    Our car recently spent some time at the mechanics. It went in for a service and some other repairs. Having one car makes it very difficult to get  Gorgeous Girl to school and back when it is out of action. Fortunately, some friends of ours lent us their car so that we could get to and from school. So I made them some placemats to say thank you. One thing I love about sewing is the speed at which the projects come together (if I don’t screw up the cutting or sewing…) I picked up these placemat panels before we left South Africa, so they have been marinating in the stash for a…
  • A very quick finish

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:12 pm
    Last Sunday Gorgeous Girl was watching a documentary about wildlife in India (she loves watching nature programmes) and she asked me to come and watch with her. So I grabbed my needles and  some yarn and by the time the show was over I had this little guy sitting on my lap. I am incapable of watching TV without some sort of craft in my hands… Handspun yarn. I’m tempted to make a whole flock of these. If you would like to make one of your own you can find the free pattern here.
  • Here’s one I prepared earlier

    20 Jul 2014 | 10:27 pm
    As I was putting my last two scrapbooking pages away I realised that I’d made another layout which I had neglected to share on the blog. This is a nice simple layout which lets the lovely paper speak for itself. I can’t get over how much Gorgeous Girl has grown. These photos were taken on a trip to the Netherlands in 2010. Yeah, I’m slowly dealing with the scrapping backlog… I started out in paper craft as a card maker. These days I do much more scrapbooking than cardmaking, but I still make all my own birthday cards. This one is heading out the door soon. After…
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  • Discovering Modern Design in Munich, Germany

    28 Jul 2014 | 9:45 pm
    This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series City Trip - Munich.Discovering Design in Munich While visiting Munich, I was surprised by its vibrant and creative food scene and how deep its Bavarian roots run. However, my biggest surprise was Munich’s distinctive modern design culture. Far from the traditional biergartens and lederhosen, Munich innovates in fashion, architecture, and industrial design. Munich radiates an entrepreneurial spirit and creative flair I wasn’t expecting, but was thrilled to find. Creative Design on a Budget at Motel One My first taste of Munich’s creative modern…
  • Aux Berges de la Bel Bed & Breakfast and Restaurant, Aubel, Belgium

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:31 pm
    This entry is part 8 of 8 in the series Eat Wallonia.Aux Berges de la Bel Restaurant and B&B, Aubel, province of Liege, Belgium The Aux Berges de la Bel bed and breakfast in Aubel, Belgium has a sunny terrace, quiet rooms and a fantastic restaurant. It’s the perfect weekend escape from Brussels. We love exploring different corners of Belgium. While just about everywhere in this tiny country is an easy day-trip, we often like to spend a night or two getting to know a new area. On our recent trip to Liege, to visit the Blegny Mine, we had the opportunity to spend a night at a charming…
  • Exploring Bavarian Tradition in Munich, Germany

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:43 pm
    This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series City Trip - Munich.Exploring Bavarian Tradition in Munich Recently, I had the opportunity to visit Munich, a German city I knew little about. The theme of my visit was ‘Tradition and Design,’ and while Munich’s abundance of modern design surprised me, so did the richness and diversity of its tradition. Munich is the capital of Bavaria and I was intrigued to see it differs from Berlin in just about every aspect. While both cities have a flare for art and design (something I love), Munich’s artistic roots seem to reach deeper than Berlin’s…
  • A Day at Technopolis, The Flemish Science Center, Mechelen, Belgium

    17 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Technopolis – Kid-friendly fun in Mechelen, Belgium Today, Adriana takes us inside Technopolis, the Flemish Science Centre near Mechelen, where kids can learn, experiment, and have plenty of fun. I am the first to admit, when it comes to interesting weekend activities, I usually consider adult venues and destinations, where kids are also welcome, rather than going to children’s activities. I generally have a big aversion of kids’ venues, as they are often grossly overpriced and you get very little in return in terms of fun. When I remember Disney Paris, all that comes to mind are…
  • Our Top 10 Foodie Destinations in Munich, Germany

    14 Jul 2014 | 10:09 pm
    This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series City Trip - Munich.Our Top Ten Foodie Spots in Munich, Germany Munich, Germany surprised me with its variety of foodie offerings, from shops and markets to restaurants. Today I share my 10 favourite foodie finds in the capital of Bavaria. At the end of May, I was invited to discover Munich, a city I had never visited and knew little about. In fact, when I thought of Munich, I’ll admit to visions of drunken tourists in Lederhosen, spilling beer on one another, during Oktoberfest. For someone who dislikes crowds and beer, it wasn’t a pleasant image…
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  • blogging break

    8 Jul 2014 | 11:44 pm
        It’s time to enjoy summer freedom! We’re going to a birthday party and traveling in Finland. I’ll take my camera with me, you’ll see a lot of summery Finnish images when I’m back (end of July)…          
  • red top

    6 Jul 2014 | 10:51 pm
          MACRO MONDAY 2     RUBY TUESDAY TOO          
  • green, green, green

    4 Jul 2014 | 12:18 am
        Where ever you walk you can see green, deep green leaves, plants…. It’s been cool, rainy and grey but finally this weekend it will get warmer and sunny!     I love trees, old trees,branches….     strawberry flowers (wild)     rain drops look like diamonds     Shadow Shot Sunday2     Sundays In My City     Have a relaxing weekend!  
  • I started to paint again…

    29 Jun 2014 | 10:50 pm
        MACRO MONDAY 2     RUBY TUESDAY TOO     I play with my old watercolors before I start to destroy my new ones…    
  • Nuuksio National Park part 2.

    26 Jun 2014 | 10:31 pm
      part 1 is here   We had a good day. The air was refreshing and clean. Luckily in Finland our air is cleaner than in many other countries…. Now we’re all waiting for warmer summer days!               Lingonberry’s flowers   Labrador Tea         This post is full of shadows and reflections     Shadow Shot Sunday2     Sundays In My City     Have a relaxing weekend!  
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    Bleeding Espresso

  • A Village in Mourning

    20 Jul 2014 | 11:59 am
    A sad fact of village life is that the closeness of the community is never felt more than when it experiences a profound loss. * I was woken up this morning by P, who had left early to go to the campagna. He didn’t make it there as he was stopped on his way to be given some terrible news, and then he came home to tell me. In this morning’s early hours, one of Badolato’s finest lost his life in an accident; his uncle was seriously injured. Sconvolto/a is the word in Italian that describes the feeling when you hear something like this: totally and utterly shocked to the core even…
  • Introducing Baby Espresso!

    27 May 2014 | 1:04 am
    As I had anticipated, updating Bleeding Espresso hasn’t been high on my priority list since the birth of my daughter. I still have lots of thoughts in my head I’d like to share, of course, but now they revolve around being a new mom in rural southern Italy. Since I know most of you didn’t sign up for a mommy blog when you started reading Bleeding Espresso, I’ve decided to create a space where I can share my meditations on mommyhood with a touch of humor and lightheartedness . . . and Baby Espresso was born! Please drop by, say hello, and share your experiences as a…
  • My One-Word Theme for 2014: SALUTE

    22 Dec 2013 | 9:36 pm
    Last year around this time, I chose the word GROW as my one-word theme for 2013. And oh what growth we’ve had here at Casa Fabio. While I’ve also made some mild professional and personal advances in the past year, nothing compares to the growth of our family. Not even two months after selecting GROW, I found out I was pregnant with Zee Bean. She hasn’t stopped growing since. And neither has my heart. There are truly no words to express how amazingly wonderful the experience of becoming a mother has been. I am so very much enjoying every moment with my little Marisa Caterina (born…
  • New Beginnings and Such

    13 Aug 2013 | 9:26 am
    I’ve been trying to get a post up here for months now. I’ve started a few, but it just hasn’t happened as I’ve struggled with how to express the whirlwind we’ve been experiencing here from my miscarriage last spring to where we are now. So let’s just get this out there once and for all and save the deeper post for another day: This was Baby Fabio a.k.a. Zee Bean at a wee 10 weeks back in March: It’s probably the cutest ultrasound photo we have of him/her — the machines here in my local hospital are leaving something to be desired so far as…
  • Finish What You Start — Or Don’t. That’s Cool Too.

    7 May 2013 | 3:06 am
    For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a serial starter. I’m pretty good at coming up with ideas and beginning a new project with great enthusiasm and excitement and pushing, pushing, pushing forward . . . until I get bored. Or distracted. Or simply lose that initial spark. Or . . . something. For a long time, I beat myself up over all those false-starts. I bought into the idea that if you start something, you should finish it. Always. And if you don’t finish something you start, that means (cue dramatic, doomsday music): FAILURE. And not only that! It also becomes a blot on your…
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    Everyone's Expat Blog Posts - Expatacular! - Global Expat Community

  • Super Part Time Position

    Nicole and Alphonse
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:40 am
    Hello again, I am still looking for a teacher to replace me, but now the hours have been dramatically cut down.  All I need is someone looking to score some extra cash by teaching 1 class on Saturday from 12:30-5:20pm and 1 class on Sunday from 8:30am-12:20pm. Because they are so desperate to find a teacher, I wouldn't be surprised if you were able to negotiate your pay with the lady in charge. Send me an email if you or anyone you know is interested, or you can call my boss directly and tell her you are interested in a part time or full time position.  My boss's phone number is 15840032489
  • Return to Shenyang

    Dwayne & Samantha
    25 Jun 2014 | 3:24 pm
    To all my friends, I Will officially land back in ShenYang Sep 03 . Give me a few days to recover then buzz me if you want to meet me and the wife. 
  • IRS Finally Gets It Right - This Is The Penalty-Free Path Forward American Late Filers Have Been Waiting For

    Greg Dewald
    25 Jun 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Big Data and an ever aggressive approach by the IRS toward ferreting out Americans living abroad who are not current with their US tax filing has, so far, not yielded the results that the US government hoped for. With a tax system that is based largely upon voluntary compliance, the United States wields a big stick, and yet they realize that in reality a carrot may yield a much better result. The big stick in this circumstance is FATCA, the Foreign Asset Tax Compliance Act, which so far has signed on 77 thousand banks worldwide and 70 countries to report to the US where Americans reside and…
  • Cell Phones in China and USA issues

    Dwayne & Samantha
    18 Jun 2014 | 4:04 pm
    Questions on phones. I am gonna buy the wife and i new phones. Have any of you that brought your phones from the USA had problems using them with Chinese Sim card and services?   And/Or with storing the longer numbers in the phone books? Since typical American numbers are 10 digits, and Chinese ones are longer do u have any issues storing the longer numbers etc? And on the other side, if you bought your Galaxy S4/S5 etc in China did u have any issues tossing in a Sim card for a temporary use while back in the USA either with function or number size differences going into the phones phone…
  • Off-road dirt bike

    Danielle ben meir
    3 Jun 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Does anyone know if I can ride with off road dirt bike in dongcheng ?
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    Australian Daisy

  • Picking the right faucets for an Australian home

    11 Jul 2014 | 2:46 am
    Faucets are a staple in any home and a crucial factor in jazzing up any kitchen or bathroom. A great waterfall faucet can elevate an ordinary kitchen or bathroom into a great one. Homegrown or international faucet manufacturer? In Australia, the two biggest faucet manufacturers are Strommen (products designed and produced in Australia), and Kohler (American-based company). Bigger companies have nation-wide presence so it’s easier to visit their showrooms to get a feel of the faucets. Also, they tend to offer a better range of services including post-purchase reparation. However, it may be…
  • The best time to barbecue in Australia

    11 Jul 2014 | 2:38 am
    Australia has a long and great tradition of barbecue. We put the shrimp on the barbie whenever possible, rain, snow or shine. We just can’t get enough of our meat, the great outdoors and the company of friends and family. Although Australians can and will make any type of weather barbecue weather, it is still helpful to know the ideal time for a barbecue in Australia. Unless you want to end up like this guys below: Summertime = Barbecue time? Many of us equate the scorching summertime to barbecue time. Summer offers less chance of rain, snow or anything falling from the sky for that matter.
  • Best fishing spots in Australia

    11 Jul 2014 | 2:29 am
    Australia is a fisherman’s heaven. Almost every coastline that encircles Australia teems with life and every location provides its own unique fishing experience. There are great fishing spots for the kayak fisherman, the boat fisherman and the land angler. There are some spots that offer nicer scenery and others that boast the greatest variety of fishes. That’s why it is so hard to narrow down the best fishing spots in Australia. But, I have done it anyway. While this list is not definitive and certainly not exhaustive, the spots chosen are some of the best in their respective regions.
  • Playing billiard in Australia

    11 Jul 2014 | 2:21 am
    Billiard is an established pastime and sport in Australia. It has a presence both at home and in bars as well. Families pass down the enjoyment of this game to the next generations. Friends bond over a game of pool and beer. It is a great game to pick up. Moreover, many Australians have also achieved great success in the sport domestically and internationally. Competitive play Billiard is a well-recognized sport in Australia. One of the most successful billiard players internationally, Walter Lindrum, is an Aussie himself. The Australian Billiards and Snooker Council (ABSC) oversees the…
  • How to get started with archery in Australia

    11 Jul 2014 | 2:12 am
    Archery as a sport in Australia and all over the world has been gaining greater traction these days. And no wonder because it is a great sport for training patience, consistency and resilience. It is also great for overall body conditioning. Research about the sport Before starting out, you should learn a bit more about the sport, including the types of archery available such as compound bow. Besides the archery you see at the Olympics (called target archery by the way), there are also other disciplines like 3D archery involving shooting at animal-size targets and field archery where you…
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  • Boots on the ground in Ukraine: I needed to see this for myself

    Simon Black
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:39 am
    July 29, 2014 Kharkiv, Ukraine Looking back over the past ten years, I can’t even begin to describe all the experiences I’ve had in Ukraine. For a while, I actually owned a business based here. I’ve been travelling here frequently for years. I still have many friends here. Some of our employees are based here. And Kiev is one of the cities in the world that I know best. Yet even after all of that, I still can’t make heads or tails of this place. Consider this: by 2004, people in Ukraine were desperate from economic hardship and de facto mafia rule. They held a runoff…
  • 013: Making sense of Ukraine – Boots-on-the-Ground Report

    Simon Black
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:16 am
    Looking back over the past ten years, I can’t even begin to describe all the experiences I’ve had in Ukraine. For a while, I actually owned a business based here. I’ve been travelling here frequently for years. I still have many friends here. Some of our employees are based here. And Kiev is one of the cities in the world that I know best. Yet even after all of that, I still can’t make heads or tails of this place.
  • It looks like Hong Kong may soon end its link with the US dollar. It’s about time.

    Simon Black
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:17 pm
    July 28, 2014 Kharkiv, Ukraine It was a different world in 1983. Michael Jackson invented the Moonwalk. Return of the Jedi opened in theaters across the world. IBM released its most advanced personal computer yet– the XT, with a standard 10 megabyte hard drive. And after nearly a decade of eratic swings and collapses, the Hong Kong government pegged its currency (the Hong Kong dollar) to the US dollar at a rate of 7.80 HKD per USD. This was a big move for Hong Kong. The Hong Kong dollar had originally been backed by silver until 1935 when, facing a shortage of precious metals, they…
  • No Inflation Friday: Dollarized Panama issues price controls for basic goods

    Simon Black
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:28 am
    July 25, 2014 Prague, Czech Republic Less than four weeks after starting his new job, Panama’s President Juan Carlos Varela already has a serious challenge to deal with: empty grocery shelves. This is largely a self-inflicted wound that was bound to happen. Fresh on the heels of his victory in May, the then President-elect announced that one of his first orders would be to regulate prices for staple food products. He followed through on his promise, establishing price controls on certain brands of roughly two dozen items like chicken, rice, eggs, and bread. And within a matter of weeks,…
  • Obama’s dumbest move to date… seizing a foreign bank??

    Simon Black
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:57 am
    July 24, 2014 Barcelona, Spain Ten dark suited men entered the premises of FBME bank in Cyprus on Friday afternoon and took it hostage. It must have looked like a scene from the Matrix. And given the surrealism of how this conflict is escalating, maybe it was. The men were from the Central Bank of Cyprus (CBC). And they commandeered FBME because an obscure agency within the US government recently issued a report accusing the bank of laundering money. It just so happens that FBME… and Cyprus in general… is where a lot of wealthy Russians hold their vast fortunes. Bear in mind, there has…
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    Czech Off the Beaten Path

  • Happy Fourth of July!

    4 Jul 2014 | 4:13 am
    Hi Everyone,After moving to the Czech Republic, people back home were shocked to learn that Czechs don't celebrate the Fourth of July. This holiday is an important one in the U.S., but not in the Czech Republic. The 4th of July is strictly an American holiday. Being an expat I still celebrate the 4th in my own way.How I Celebrate the 4th of July in Another CountryI enjoy wearing my t-shirt with fireworks, which says, "Happy Fourth!" It's also fun to watch fireworks displays online; this is much better for my lungs. Fireworks typically cause my asthma to worsen and that's not much fun on. You…
  • Spring in Praha March 2014

    27 Mar 2014 | 9:33 am
    Hi Everyone,We're having a beautiful spring here, in Prague. Today was so pretty--my walk this afternoon was soothing and relaxing. Really spectacular weather. The fruit trees have begun to blossom and the bumble bees are busy! I've taken a few pictures and put them together in a video.This video is the very first I've made, so please bear with the quality. I just wanted to try something new. It's better to watch it in HD--the pictures come out clearer. I'll have to learn how to manage all the settings for the best quality streaming.Give it a try--enjoy!It was fun putting this…
  • The Ukraine Crisis as Seen from Our Backyard

    13 Mar 2014 | 7:37 am
    Map provided by Google Maps(Click on the map to see details)Hi Everyone,There’s been a lot of political unrest in the Ukraine the past couple of years, which boiled over about a month ago into violence between Ukrainian police and civilians on the Maidan in Kiev. Here, in the Czech Republic, we’re looking at the crisis in our own backyard. Ukrainian Crisis Near, Yet Not So NearFirst off, when I say the Ukrainian crisis is in our backyard, it is. Prague is about 729 miles (1172.6 km) from Kiev and is 1252 miles (2014 km) from the Crimea. In the European perspective of distances Prague is a…
  • Home Rentals in Prague

    5 Mar 2014 | 4:37 am
    Flat available for rent in VinohradyPhoto:  Home Sweet HomeHi Everyone,Have you thought about coming to Prague for a month or more? If so, you might want to consider renting a flat during your stay. Or maybe you’re considering a move to Prague, but aren’t sure which part of the city is best for you. Rather than buying a flat right away, renting a flat in Praguemay be the way to go. You won’t feel tied to one place; if one area of Prague’s not comfortable, you can move to another section of the city.  Prague offers a variety of beautiful areas to live, for instance,…
  • Running Errands

    24 Feb 2014 | 11:44 am
    Hi Everyone,We're having some lovely weather in Praha these days, with the temperatures running into the upper 40s - lower 50s F. After church yesterday I had to run some errands and happened to have my camera along. It was the perfect day to take pictures, as the humidity was low and the sky was partly sunny.Here are some of the photos from around downtown; the first photos are from Prague's Jewish Quarter.I've been through the Jewish Quarter so many times, but each visit I notice something different. In the picture above, the top of the building (with the higher spire) caught my attention.
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    Monkeys and Mountains

  • How to Really Discover Italy

    Guest Post
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:18 am
    The original can be found here: How to Really Discover Italy. Please read the original. Find out how to really discover Italy with these tips by Agata Mleckzo, who considers it to be her second home. Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • Mountain Wild Flowers of the Jungfrau Region

    19 Jul 2014 | 10:16 am
    The original can be found here: Mountain Wild Flowers of the Jungfrau Region. Please read the original. A photojourney of mountain wildflowers seen while hiking to Lake Bachalpsee and the Faulhorn in the Jungfrau region of Switzerland. Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • Hiking to Everest Base Camp: A Day By Day Account

    15 Jul 2014 | 12:24 pm
    The original can be found here: Hiking to Everest Base Camp: A Day By Day Account. Please read the original. A day by day account of what it's really like to trek to Everest Base Camp in Nepal, including how difficult each day really is. Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • Gelmer Funicular: The Highest in Europe

    12 Jul 2014 | 6:20 am
    The original can be found here: Gelmer Funicular: The Highest in Europe. Please read the original. Calling all adrenalin junkies! The Gelmer Funicular located in the Haslital region of Switzerland is the steepest in the world! It starts off gradual but within minutes you find yourself seated not just perpendicular to the earth below you, but actually overhanging it at 106°!!!!   I’m not afraid of heights and even I screeched […] Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
  • Cafe Katzentempel in Munich: My At Home Getaway

    4 Jul 2014 | 4:26 am
    The original can be found here: Cafe Katzentempel in Munich: My At Home Getaway. Please read the original. Cafe Katzentempel (Cat Temple) is one of my favorite places in Munich. I always leave in a better mood than when I entered. It's my go-to get-away place. Monkeys and Mountains - Adventure seeker and explorer by day, luxury seeker by night
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    You're Not From Around Here, Are You?

  • In pictures: Qa’lat Al-Rabad – Ajlun Castle, Jordan

    8 Jul 2014 | 2:20 am
    Ajlun Castle (from the carpark) On the way back from Umm Qais we stopped at Ajlun Castle. Known locally by its original name of  Qa’lat Al-Rabad, most guides and books just reference it by the nearest town of Ajlun. Approaching the castle from the car park it looks very European. Four walls, cornered by four towers and a deep moat. It was actually built by one of Saladin’s generals to protect against the European crusaders in 1184AD. Ajlun was of strategic value as it contained numerous iron mines, so the castle to defend the three main routes leading to the Jordan Valley and the…
  • Standing at the border of Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Israel – Umm Qais, Jordan

    12 Jun 2014 | 6:55 am
    Our first day trip in Jordan was barely in Jordan. Driving to the extreme north west of Jordan from our base in Amman the road signs often listed as many countries as cities. As we passed through Irbid, the last major town before the border, the signs read turn left for Israel, turn right for Syria or straight ahead to Lebanon. Arriving at Umm Qais, or Umm Quays as it’s often spelt, was a bit of an anti-climax. Dating back to the 3rd century BC, the initial view is piles upon piles of boulders. Beyond that are more boulders lining a short road up a hill. Cresting the hill reveals the rest…
  • AutoBeijing Motor Show

    12 May 2014 | 5:17 am
    Bugatti Veyron Getting to the International Exhibition Centre A motor journalist friend got us access to the media day at the AutoBeijing motor show. I agreed, thinking it was at the China International Exhibition Centre in the middle of town, a twenty minute cab ride away. Looking at the tickets whe they arrived it was at the New China International Exhibition Center, about an hour outside of town. No matter – we drove out about 80% of the way then parked near one of the above ground metro stops. The quoted price for a day of parking was 2rmb, but the guy with the tickets was collecting…
  • A wet week in the Weald – Seven Sisters Country Park, UK

    29 Apr 2014 | 6:52 pm
    Brighton Pavilion After three months in the US, Mexico and Cuba we took the opportunity to take a ten day layover in the UK on the way home to China. Rather than just stay in London we went down to Brighton in Sussex for the weekend, and from there went to show H round the area where I grew up. Devil’s Dyke As is stereotypical for the UK, but not that common, the weather was wet and foggy. From Brighton we drove up to one of the highest hills in the area, called Devil’s Dyke. Usually there’s a spectacular view across from the South Downs (the hills we were standing on) across the…
  • Observations on the US after a few years in China

    10 Apr 2014 | 9:03 am
    Bryce National Park This is a vague followup to Observations on London after a year in China Watching US Television Compared to the UK, watching TV main channels live in the US is awful. Programmes segue into adverts seamlessly. 10-20% of the screen is taken up with text adverts for other programmes. There’s no swearing or nudity, but violence is fine. Proper adverts have numerous disclaimers, ranging from deadly side effects to drugs, to reminders that cars don’t drive as well underwater, so don’t try this at home. Coming back to the UK it’s amazing how much more swearing…
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    The Displaced Nation

  • For this RVer who roams far and wide, iPhone in pocket, a picture says…

    The Displaced Nation Team
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:59 am
    Welcome to our monthly series “A picture says…”, created to celebrate expats and other global residents for whom photography is a creative outlet. The series host is English expat, blogger, writer, world traveler and photography enthusiast James King, who thinks of a camera as a mirror with memory. If you like what you see here, […]
  • LIBBY’S LIFE #91/#92 – The Stepfordization of Maggie

    Kate Allison
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Maggie’s house used to feel like my second home. Every part of it was an extension of her, my “other” mother: the black wood-stove, the teapot-cats she didn’t have the heart to throw away, the colourful patchwork quilts draped over rocking chairs and love-seats. I loved the stove’s smoky smell that wound through the house, […]
  • HERE BE DRAGONS: All those cities you’ve visited on your travels? They’re the lego bricks for cityscapes in fantasy writing

    The Displaced Nation Team
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:35 pm
    HERE BE DRAGONS is back, a column produced by fantasy writer Andrew Couch, an American expat in Germany. We at the Displaced Nation have long been aware of the strong connection between fantasy (think Alice in Wonderland) and a life of international travel and residency. And now Andrew has got us pondering the idea of […]
  • BOOKLUST, WANDERLUST: Peter Hessler’s “Country Driving” is a pleasure cruise for Western expats in China

    The Displaced Nation Team
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:19 pm
    All hail, displaced bookworms! Our book review columnist, Beth Green, is back. An American who lives in Prague, Beth is an intrepid traveler and voracious reader, who mixes booklust with wanderlust in equal measures. In other words, she has the perfect background for reviewing recent book releases on behalf of international creatives. Hmmm…but will we […]
  • 10 summer hacks picked up from an expat (& repat) life spanning Japan, the UK and the US

    ML Awanohara
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:01 am
    New York City, where I now live after years of being an expat on two small islands, the UK and Japan, had a particularly brutal winter in 2014. You would think I’d now be in the mood for summer. But no. It hasn’t worked that way. The moment the temperature and humidity levels skyrocketed here […]
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    Expat Ukraine Forum

  • Re: Graham Phillips captured by DNR gangsters

    29 Jul 2014 | 2:38 pm
    You are not allowed to view links. Register or LoginSeems GRAHAM PHILLIPS feels the 3 year ban from Ukraine does not apply to Donetsk and Lugansk.If he wants to carry the cat home by the tail, I say, "Let him."  ...
  • Re: Graham Phillips captured by DNR gangsters

    29 Jul 2014 | 2:19 pm
    Seems GRAHAM PHILLIPS feels the 3 year ban from Ukraine does not apply to Donetsk and Lugansk.
  • Re: Frickin' Busted

    29 Jul 2014 | 1:48 pm
    There are lots of patriots in the Ukrainian military.  Most of us have probably met a few.  Just give them uncorrupted officers who can inspire confidence. 
  • Re: Frickin' Busted

    29 Jul 2014 | 1:26 pm
    ...well...let's throw another log on the fire, shall we...  You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
  • Re: Nina Khrushcheva outlook on Putin

    29 Jul 2014 | 1:06 pm
    I hereby volunteer for squad duty...on one condition...my round must be live..."closure" is important to me... 
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    [MM] Muscat Mutterings

  • VOX Cinemas this Eid

    27 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Well tomorrow (Tuesday 29th July) marks the 1st day of Eid here in Oman (unlike everywhere else in the GCC, where today is actually the first day of Eid.With this in mind, and for those of you still in Oman for Eid, you might want to know what's going on at the new VOX cinemas, where tomorrow, they will resume their usual movie offerings. Below is a list of the movies they are showing from tomorrow:TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE TAMMY STEP UP: ALL IN THE PURGE: ANARCHY SUNIYA FI MASR (Arabic) POSTMAN PAT: THE MOVIE KICK (Indian)ANGRY…
  • MM's 5th birthday

    25 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Well the time seems to move faster and faster the longer I stay in Oman. 5 years ago I started up MM and here we are now.Thanks to everyone that reads it, its been a fun ride!le fin.
  • Special Eid deals for Oman based people far afield

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    A friend of mine has recently started working at a new chain of resorts, and has priced up the following two special offers for Oman residents should you want to go somewhere further afield this Eid. The prices indicated are "once you're there" - so you need to add your flights costs to them, but the resorts are truly stunning (I've seen the pictures on my friends facebook feed... pretty jealous). Perhaps one of you might be interested, I dunno.Here we are:Basically, RO 235 for 2 on a bed and breakfast basis in Seychelles, or RO 250 per villa in Koh Samui, or RO 146 per person for a stay at…
  • Eid deals at hotels

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:30 pm
    First of all, today is the 44th Renaissance day for Oman, and everyone is looking forward to the bumper 10-day holiday that starts tonight!Now, since the news of the long holiday broke earlier this week, people have been trying to book vacations, and I'm sure quite a few of you (me included) have been shocked at just how much it's costing to get on a plane out of Oman at the moment. Even hotels in Dubai have cranked up their fees for next week. Supply and demand I guess!With this is mind, and an entire week off, why not consider one of the local hotels for a short break? Here's a list of some…
  • Eid holidays announced

    20 Jul 2014 | 2:25 am
    Well the speculation is now over.... Thursday this week, and all of next week (Sunday 27th July - Thursday 31st July) has been announced by the Ministry of Manpower, over their twitter account!Enjoy the time off :)le fin
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    In Search of a Life Less Ordinary

  • A Life On The Water: Home Or Away

    Russell Ward
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:44 am
    Unless you've been under a rock, you'll know that I'm on a sojourn to the UK.I've been getting reacquainted with my old home, travelling around the land, revisiting places from a former life. On other trips, it didn't seem so important but on this visit, it feels like I need to do so.With this craving to wander, I visited the west of Wales and Ceredigion county, where coastal paths were hiked, inland waterways photographed and the region's estuaries viewed from afar. At North Devon and Cornwall, I returned to the holiday destinations of my youth: to Bude, Croyde, Woolacombe and Saunton…
  • Minimalise Your Life

    Russell Ward
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:27 am
    Minimalism is often seen as a dirty word.Getting rid of everything you've worked hard for. Giving up prized possessions for little or no return. Ditching the radio, phone or Internet. Losing a cherished car or abandoning the beloved TV.The truth is that it's none of this.Minimalism is about reducing "stuff". Minimalism is eliminating unnecessary acquisitions. Minimalism is decluttering, eradicating, freeing, cutting back, letting go.I've become increasingly minimalist over time. To declutter is to cleanse. Removing unnecessary items brings me a sense of peace, of calm. I can think. I can…
  • Dear England, We've Arrived

    Russell Ward
    23 Jun 2014 | 8:24 am
    It starts with the announcement on the tanoy.The polite greeting at the passport desk. Then the careful apology at the carpark ticket machine.Bushy trees and overgrown hedgerows flash past on the drive south.Passing through villages and hamlets, the smell of cut grass as we wind down the windows, stirring memories of summers past.The thumping of a Chinook as it flies low overhead, the reverberations interrupting the countryside quiet.Then gentle, persistent calls from tiny birds flitting between seed trays. The sleepy coo-coo of a pigeon on top of a neighbouring roof.Photo credit: English…
  • The Double Life of an Expat for Me

    Russell Ward
    26 May 2014 | 8:41 pm
    Did you hear the one about the two women in my life? One is the girlfriend and the other is the mother.Bear with me a moment while I explain.Living abroad is like having two lives. You slip into your international life, which is exciting and energising. And it's not unlike having a new girlfriend, where every moment together is original, each experience to be savoured.But fragments of your former home remain.Its comforting presence lingers, trying to lure you back to a place of familiarity and favourite things, to the safety and security of the family home. It's not unlike a mother, nurturing…
  • The Storm Before The Calm

    Russell Ward
    20 May 2014 | 7:49 pm
    This always happens.Organise a major international trip and the weeks leading up to it can resemble the effects of a violent storm.Have you heard the saying about London buses? Because it's been a bit like that lately. After a period of relative quiet, thirty bright red buses arrived at our house in a matter of minutes and dropped off a cargo of crazy at the front door.In the build-up to our 'grand tour' of the UK and Europe, life has become a tad frenetic.The calm is coming.  Photo credit: Flickr Creative Commons (Jonathan Brazil)For one thing, we're only a few weeks away from moving…
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  • Greg, Freelance writer and Author of “Blog it japan” Pt 3

    11 Jul 2014 | 5:05 pm
    Greg is a personable and witty freelance writer from St. Louis, Missouri who has been living as an expat for more than 10 years. If you are interested in traveling to Japan or just looking for an adventure, you’ll love blogitjapan.com; a blog dedicated to people who are interested in what it’s like being a foreigner living in Japan, or people who are considering traveling to the country. Check out this interview as we focus on the positivity of Japan and Greg’s constructive insights on Japan’s: education system, culture and customs, stereotypes and business etiquette; as well as some…
  • Greg, Freelance writer and Author of “Blog it japan” Pt 2

    20 Jun 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Greg is a personable and witty freelance writer from St. Louis, Missouri who has been living as an expat for more than 10 years. If you are interested in traveling to Japan or just looking for an adventure, you’ll love blogitjapan.com; a blog dedicated to people who are interested in what it’s like being a foreigner living in Japan, or people who are considering traveling to the country. Check out this interview as we focus on the positivity of Japan and Greg’s constructive insights on Japan’s: education system, culture and customs, stereotypes and business etiquette; as well as some…
  • In My Brown Eyes

    Patrick Lu
    10 Jun 2014 | 11:44 am
    My cousin Louis and I moved to La Habra Heights late last year. It is the city my cousin used to live in when he first came to Los Angeles from Michigan about eight years ago. He has moved to many places ever since. Now, we are back. Speaking of the area, it is actually pretty beneficial for Chinese people to live in nearby Rowland Heights, a place where majority of the population are Asian, Chinese mostly. Those authentic, top notch Chinese restaurants are just a few blocks away. We used to drive across the hill to have dinner there, while enjoying the better surroundings living in La Habra…
  • Greg, Freelance writer and Author of “Blog it japan”

    5 Jun 2014 | 11:06 am
    Greg is a personable and witty freelance writer from St. Louis, Missouri who has been living as an expat for more than 10 years. If you are interested in traveling to Japan or just looking for an adventure, you’ll love blogitjapan.com; a blog dedicated to people who are interested in what it’s like being a foreigner living in Japan, or people who are considering traveling to the country. Check out this interview as we focus on the positivity of Japan and Greg’s constructive insights on Japan’s: education system, culture and customs, stereotypes and business etiquette; as well as some…
  • Nick and Dariece, Authors of “Goats on the Road” Part 2

    28 Jan 2014 | 11:29 am
    Nick and Dariece are a delightful couple originating from Canada and backpacking the world. Although we focus on China in this interview, their nomadic lifestyle has led them all around this globe of ours (anyone heard of Tajikistan?). If you are interested in leaving your 9-5 and traveling the world with your loved one, goatsontheroad is the blog to read. Packed with information ranging from ESL educational hints to food and leisure must dos, these traveling goats are sure to have something for you! Read further to find out more about Nick, Dariece, and the quirks of Chinese culture..
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    Le Franco Phoney

  • Ten reasons to visit Prapic

    22 Jul 2014 | 4:02 am
    Hidden near Gap is the tiny, aging village of Prapic. Once a thriving town on a main Roman route before Christ, the village has survived centuries despite rockslides and avalanches from the peaks all around. So massive are those peaks that the village sees no sunlight from mid-December to mid-January. Alas, the population is aging, which is no surprise given it’s stuck at the very end of a valley with no other way out. Lucien Patry wrote a book about Prapic, and reading about its shrinking population was disheartening. Thankfully, there’s nothing sad about visiting the village,…
  • Discovering the gems of France

    5 Jul 2014 | 4:17 am
    Despite living in France for years, I’m amazed at how much there is left to discover right on my doorstep. The perfect example is the Musiques En Stock festival in Cluses. I only found out about the festival when a friend mentioned he was looking forward to seeing Australian band John Butler Trio. Cluses is a town about forty minutes from La Clusaz. It’s not a tiny place, but it’s far smaller than Annecy. That makes a freebie, ecologically-minded festival even more surprising — especially one that draws acts such as Midlake, The Veils and Nada Surf. With the view of the…
  • Surely this is like selling fridges to Eskimos

    30 Jun 2014 | 11:18 am
    French cheese is loved throughout the world for its high quality and taste. It seems the stinkier the better, and the farms around here in La Clusaz are testament to just how stinky cheese caves can be. When my friends and family ask me to bring cheese to them, Roquefort blue cheese is up there with the most requested varieties. On top of that, no French cheese platter would be complete without a wedge of Roquefort. You can imagine my surprise when, last week, I spotted these British blue cheeses in a French supermarket. Sacré cœur! There’s been an influx of cheddar varieties, but I…
  • No, France, you cannot claim Tim Tams!

    13 Jun 2014 | 9:51 am
    Walking through the supermarket the other day, I was surprised to see the tasty Australian Tim Tam biscuit placed right next to a “Regional Products” banner. The Tim Tam biscuit has been hanging around in French supermarkets for a while now, and their shift from the “world products” aisle to the biscuit aisle was already quite a jump. Their new location has now had the local banner of approval added, so locals will take notice. This is great advertising for the biscuity goodness, and it will save me from my duty as an Australian to explain to anyone standing next to…
  • How to survive Morocco

    8 Jun 2014 | 11:51 pm
    I’m back from a two-week trip to Morocco, with stays in Casablanca, Fez, the desert, the mountains, movie sets and more. Morocco is now independent of France, but the French influence is obvious throughout. Even with this influence, the Moroccon culture is like no other I’ve experienced. The people are mostly friendly, happy and willing to help tourists find their destination if they look lost. The kids returning from school on main roads with no footpaths wave at the passing cars, waiting for a wave back. Haggling can take some getting used to, and as I mentioned last year after…
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  • Adult diagnosis – how does it help?

    Aisha Ashraf
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:17 am
    Getting my diagnosis was like being handed a key to my prison, not a life sentence. The post Adult diagnosis – how does it help? appeared first on EXPATLOG.
  • The Question

    Aisha Ashraf
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:12 pm
    My mother sat me down at the table, “I think you’re old enough now to understand... your father’s not well” The post The Question appeared first on EXPATLOG.
  • Point & Shoot: Weekend ribs, rides & revelry

    Aisha Ashraf
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Visitors to Toronto are often surprised to discover the Toronto Islands, a pint-sized archipelago just offshore of the bustling lakeside metropolis. The post Point & Shoot: Weekend ribs, rides & revelry appeared first on EXPATLOG.
  • Under Surveillance: West Nile Virus In Canada

    Aisha Ashraf
    11 Jul 2014 | 5:21 pm
    A guy on a motor scooter whizzed down the street, stopping only to spray something into the storm drains. The label on his scooter read, rather ominously, ‘West Nile Virus’... The post Under Surveillance: West Nile Virus In Canada appeared first on EXPATLOG.
  • Point & Shoot: Creativity

    Aisha Ashraf
    9 Jun 2014 | 2:35 pm
    We had the luxury of a three-day weekend thanks to last Friday's PA day, and right from the start it was an outpouring of creative energy... The post Point & Shoot: Creativity appeared first on EXPATLOG.
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  • What To Look For In A Crowdfund Investment

    Jim Atkins
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:26 am
    Crowdfunding is a new buzzword among investors, but few understand how to look at opportunities that are likely to fly and waste time pledging cash to no-hope projects. Picking the right crowdfunding deal is hard work and many investors do not understand how the process works. The plain truth is most crowdfunding projects do not achieve lift-off because the organisers put forward a poor pitch or are looking at raising cash for pipedreams. Crowdfunding pitches are often a last-chance saloon for deals that will never work and have been turned down by every other fund raising channel. Here are…
  • Central Banks May Undermine Long Term Investment

    Lisa Smith
    26 Jul 2014 | 10:08 pm
    Central bank policies in developed economies are failing to inspire investors who are looking to emerging markets for more robust long-term returns, says an industry expert. Jan Dehn, head of research at investment firm Ashmore cites US Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen stating she would not raise interest rates to control bubbles and the European Central Bank buying debt from weaker Eurozone nations as two examples. Ashmore’s view is the central bank action could over value some markets in favour of speculators that could undermine the markets for long-term investors. “Many European…
  • Alternative Investments – Options For Collectors

    Lisa Smith
    26 Jul 2014 | 10:08 pm
    Low interest rates and poor returns on traditional investments are spurring some investors with a taste for risk to put their cash into alternative investments. Alternative investments is a term covering a multitude of assets – but the most popular are classic cars, stamps, wine and coins. However, alternative investments come with risk because they are easily moveable and many investors shun them because they are not allowed as pension investments. Popular alternative investments Here’s some information about the most popular alternative investments: Classic cars – Some models fetch…
  • 118 QROPS Suspended By HMRC

    Jim Atkins
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:55 pm
    More than 118 pensions are missing off the latest Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme (QROPS) official list. Published on July 15, 2014, the list shows 99 Australia QROPS; 15 from India; three from Canada and one from Mauritius are no longer accepting transfers in. HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), which publishes the list, declines to comment on why QROPS are suspended. The reasons can include tax abuse, members transferring out of single member schemes, pensions no longer qualifying as QROPS or administrative reviews of the status of a scheme. Third largest QROPS cull ever This is…
  • Online Shopping Tricks To Make You Buy Revealed

    Lisa Smith
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Expats shopping online may be shocked to know that some price comparison web sites tempt them to buy with some shady tactics. Most online shoppers believe price comparison sites help them find the best priced deal to suit their personal circumstances, but this is not always the case. Popular financial products expats buy online include offshore savings accounts, life insurance and private medical cover. Here, we reveal five tricks played on shoppers by some unscrupulous price comparison web sites to encourage them to buy. Online shopping tricks Not all price comparison web sites deliver a…
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  • UK government inquiry told EU wide misselling redress needed

    Steph MacDonald
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    As complaints against the mis-selling of financial products soars across European states, a UK Parliamentary enquiry has been advised that an EU-wide mechanism for consumer redress is badly needed. Although EU law on consumer protection has been updated since the 2008 crash, redress for consumers with mis-sold financial products has... Expats Blog -
  • UAE expat savings heading towards global property investments

    Louise Baldwin
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    It’s no secret that Western expats working in the UK are paid plenty enough to be able to invest for their futures, with many still favouring bricks and mortal via global property markets. Property as an asset class is regarded as a traditional and historically safe place to stash savings, offering good returns and little overall risk... Expats Blog -
  • HMRC issues third highest QROPS mass suspension since April 2006

    Steph MacDonald
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    The 15 July official QROPS list published by the UK’s HMRC has suspended a total of 118 Qualified Recognised Overseas Pension Schemes (QROPS). The mass cull is the third largest since the scheme itself was introduced in April 2006, and includes 99 Australian QROPS, one from Mauritius, 15 from India and two from Canada. The tax authority... Expats Blog -
  • Study shows France offers best healthcare in world for expats

    Louise Baldwin
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    The French healthcare system, highly regarded for decades, has recently received a further boost to its reputation. The Annual Global Retirement Index survey undertaken for International Living Magazine has rated France’s healthcare the best in the world for expat retirees. Out of 100 possible points, the Gallic system rated 97, and was... Expats Blog -
  • Price comparison sites using shady tactics to make you buy

    Steph MacDonald
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Expat online shoppers are being warned to watch out for online shopping tricks on price comparison websites. Almost all expats, wherever in the world they’re located, find themselves using online sites to order items they can’t find in their host countries. Whether it’s foodstuffs, pharmaceuticals, comfortable clothes or shoes in... Expats Blog -
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    impressions of an expat

  • forget the eggs

    28 Jul 2014 | 4:59 am
    On Sunday just before two I turn into the courtyard. A black Mercedes sedan is idling, then rolls lazily past the side gate. The details are all achingly familiar to me - each bench, each dappled path, where to throw out garbage. I feel nothing for this place, no sentimentality, no nostalgia, not even anger or disgust. It is simply where we lived seven years ago, and where E spends some of her Saturday nights. It is empty. A blank piece of paper nothing will be written on.I look up at the balcony but E is not there. Sometimes she waits for me, hand ready to wave when I emerge from the…
  • until everything finds its place

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:53 am
    We were not here when the trains derailed last week. Insulated from the dull, nerve-crunching dread of riding the metro after a catastrophe I was half-excused from that familiar heart-skipping moment, when I acknowledge that we ride that same line, that this was just a few stops from our home, that by some bizarre reason I might have been on that train with E. No, this must all be forced out, fears whisked off of my arms like a wet dog shaking itself. These thoughts are inevitable and lead to nothing. I have learned to embrace them quickly as a first step to dismissing them.We were not here…
  • the witness

    14 Jul 2014 | 1:16 am
    Irakli turns onto a gravel road, the tires crunching past an old tractor, some yellow dogs barking against their chains, and then stops at a field overgrown with wildflowers. There are daisies and clusters of Queen Anne's Lace, little purple ones and even smaller yellow ones. He walks along the edge of the field. This is his land and someday the view that looks out at mountains and rolls down the hill will be from a back porch. His children will run through this grass, smelling the sweet air, feeling the rain on their faces. There are trees he has planted that already give fruit, handfuls of…
  • Someplace in Mexico (Buddha on the water)

    7 Jul 2014 | 6:16 am
    It takes some time for the irony to sink in, that she wants to crawl into a six foot plastic bubble and roll around, buoyed in this water tank on the outskirts of the city. The giant balls are tethered to the launch area. The man who runs the place does not get paid with carnival tickets, just money in his hand. $6 for something like five minutes and I can pay extra to keep her inside when the time is up, depending on how many people are waiting. She sits in there, her pants suddenly too tiny, rocking back and forth pretending she is a tiny Buddha on the water. The other children are…
  • lost in the supermarket (the lazy anarchist)

    30 Jun 2014 | 5:36 am
    Auchan. For years I had no idea it was a French company, impossible to imagine this mashup of Costco and Walmart that dots the outskirts of Moscow is a foreign project. Some Auchan stores are so big the workers wear rollerskates to get price checks.  Saturday afternoon is the only window of opportunity for us and we are two of the ants swarming around the handfuls of shopping carts as they ferry in, dripping wet from the parking lot. I wait my turn, watching some new chain get unlocked as each person pulls one from the fresh line that has arrived. I am next. The chain will not swing…
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    Cartus Blog

  • Trends and Tripwires in Global Relocation: Join our eLearning!

    Deb Frost
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:29 pm
    The global backdrop to relocation is constantly changing, and as it does, companies are confronted with new issues that can challenge their ability to accomplish their goals. What are some of the trends and tripwires that managers and globally mobile employees are facing—and what are some of the solutions being adopted? Join us for our August 19 eLearning, “Trends and Tripwires in Global Relocation” during which we’ll be exploring some of the most critical areas for relocation managers, including new challenges in compliance, cost, and talent needs. Gain insights from our recent 2014…
  • Compliance 360 Lowers Risk for Cartus Clients

    Don Briggs
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The main goal of the Cartus Supply Chain team is to make sure that our clients and their transferring employees work with the most qualified, trusted, and performance-focused suppliers. To do that, regionally based Cartus experts select and manage our extensive global network of third-party providers with a focuson ethics and risk management. This focus has always been critical, and as locations and regulations have expanded, so too has awareness. Respondents to a 2014 Cartus survey rated compliance among the top challenges of global relocation programs, up 12% from just two years ago. Now,…
  • Cartus Wins USAA Supplier Excellence Award

    Steve Slabaugh
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    We are very proud to announce that USAA has recognized Cartus as a recipient of their Supplier Excellence Award for delivering exceptional member experiences to its more than 10 million members primarily from the military community. At the USAA Awards ceremony, USAA’s C.B. Starks (far left) and Greg Jaeger (far right) flank Gerry Pearce, Cindy King, and Steve Slabaugh of Cartus. USAA’s Supplier Recognition Awards are given annually to select USAA business resources that have played a key role in leading or advancing the organization’s initiatives. USAA provides insurance, banking,…
  • UK Immigration: 2014 Relocation Update

    Des McKell
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Immigration rules often carry unique challenges for international assignees. Our latestCartus Mobility Insights includes immigration information about a number of changes to the UK’s Tier 2 visa category and Tier 1. Many of the changes, announced by the UK government, have been implemented this year. However, there are additional amendments scheduled for April 2015 and April 2018, which organisations relocating employees into the UK should be mindful of. Changes to the Tier 2 System The Tier 2 system has two categories: Tier 2 (General) and Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) (ICT). The…
  • Education Support for International Assignments: Best Practices for Managers

    Donna Barber
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    When employees and families are considering whether to accept an assignment, the quality and availability of education in the destination location, as well as the level of support provided by the company, often plays a deciding role in whether or not the employee accepts the assignment, or if the family will accompany the assignee on assignment. Companies cannot underestimate how important the well-being of an assignee’s family is in a relocation. We saw evidence of this in the results of our2014 Global Mobility Policy & Practicessurvey, in which 76% of respondents cited family or…
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    Expatriate Connection

  • The 4 Laws For Taking Care of Yourself While Taking Care Of Your Parents

    17 Jul 2014 | 4:26 am
    When you move abroad as an accompanying spouse, you face two issues at the same time: 1. You feel like a child because you have to rely on your working partner to get a visa, open a bank account, rent a house, access a healthcare plan. In a few hours flight you’ve lost in the […] The post The 4 Laws For Taking Care of Yourself While Taking Care Of Your Parents appeared first on Expatriate Connection.
  • Why Your Expat Relationship Is Out of Balance (and How to Save It Before It’s Too Late)

    29 Jun 2014 | 6:55 pm
    Move abroad and you’ll get out of your comfort zone. Guaranteed. Throw in the mix a partner and (eventually) a few children. The whole system is shaken.   This might sound scary but it doesn’t need to. “A problem well stated is half-solved” said Charles Kettering.   Today, we’re taking a good look at the […] The post Why Your Expat Relationship Is Out of Balance (and How to Save It Before It’s Too Late) appeared first on Expatriate Connection.
  • Busted: 3 Myths About Self-Care That Make Expats Gamble With Their Life

    8 Jun 2014 | 6:19 am
    “Those who have no time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness” said Edward Stanley, a British statesman. But it’s not just exercise. It’s more. It’s what’s called self-care. Now, let’s pause for a moment. Who wants to get sick in the first place? And even worse: who wants […] The post Busted: 3 Myths About Self-Care That Make Expats Gamble With Their Life appeared first on Expatriate Connection.
  • 9 Excuses We Tell Ourselves To Avoid Self-Care

    22 May 2014 | 9:19 pm
    Self-care is the first thing people give up when they move. This is what Maripat Abbott, relocation specialist said to me when we had the chance to talk together. “It’s such a pity because it may be at the root of many other problems experienced by expats.” This struck a chord with me. So now, […] The post 9 Excuses We Tell Ourselves To Avoid Self-Care appeared first on Expatriate Connection.
  • 10 More Signs That You May Be A Third Culture Parent

    9 May 2014 | 1:04 am
    People living in another country are not simply called expatriates. Depending on their age, familial status, or occupational situation, they’re called expat assignee, trailing spouse, TCK -Third Culture Kid, ATCK – Adult Third Culture Kid. The list is not exhaustive. What about those of us who are  parents raising children in a foreign land? We also […] The post 10 More Signs That You May Be A Third Culture Parent appeared first on Expatriate Connection.
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  • FCO Releases Figures of Brits Moving to Europe

    25 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Every year the Foreign and Commonwealth Office releases figures that show the number of Brits living and moving to Europe and further afield as part of their 'Know Before You Go' campaign. The report also details the number of Brits that require consular assistance while abroad over the course of the year. Figures in the British Behaviour Abroad Report state that there are currently 2,286,980 British residents living in the USA, making it the country with the largest British presence. However, it is the 9th highest in the table when ordered by recorded deaths (125 between 1 April 2013 - 31…
  • Cadogan Tate Supports Team True Spirit in Iron Man Triumph

    25 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Team True Spirit, a Help for Heroes backed team of severely injured servicemen took part in one of the most gruelling challenges in endurance racing over the weekend, which consisted of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile cycle and a full 26.2 mile marathon, all in the space of 17 hours, in a bid to become an 'Ironman'. The inspirational group was formed in 2011 by Mark Airey, then an Exercise Rehabilitation Instructor at Headley Court, the MOD’s rehab facility for severely injured service personnel. Team True Spirit has taken part in the Ironman UK Triathlon in Bolton every year since their debut…
  • Majority of Expats Happy With Their New Life After Moving Abroad

    25 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    A new survey by private medical insurer, Medibroker has revealed that 80% of those questioned are happy with their new lives, saying they either 'really enjoy' or 'enjoy' their new country of residence. The main reason cited for the positive attitude displayed by the survey, was 'a better climate.' Nearly 60% of the sample listed this as their top priority, which was closely followed by an improved standard of living. Factors such as a better social life, additional income and experiencing different cultures did not have such an impact on the overall happiness of the 202 expats that took part…
  • Knight Frank research shows a slowing in property price rises

    17 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Despite rising for eight consecutive quarters the Global House Price Index, compiled on a quarterly basis by Knight Frank, shows that the rate of growth slowed in the first three months of 2014. The Knight Frank Global House Price Index rose by 0.6% in the first quarter of 2014, a marginally slower rate than the 1.2% rise recorded in the fourth quarter of 2013. It is often the case that the fourth quarter of the year sees a peak in property sales as buyers make an extra effort to close deals before the Christmas and New Year period. This invariably leads to a quieter first quarter of the…
  • Double Taxation - A Guide for Expats Moving to Europe

    16 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    For expats moving to Europe, there are many things to take into consideration and to prepare before the big day. Amongst the priority actions, is telling HM Revenue and Customs that you are leaving the UK. This is important to make sure that you pay the right amount of tax. The UK already has treaties in place with around 120 countries, to ensure that any expats moving to Europe, or further afield, will not pay tax twice. This is known as the 'double taxation agreement'. When the double taxation agreement is applicable, it can work in one of three ways: The earner pays tax in the country of…
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    The Expat C.A.F.E.

  • Learning To Travel

    11 Jul 2014 | 10:17 pm
    Someone recently sent me a question about how could they learn to travel.  They told me that they could manage one weekend off a month and therefore could spend 5 days every month exploring a new place.  Of course that won’t allow them to travel incredibly far from home but it should be enough to get their travel juices started. I suggested that they start small.  The first city someone should explore is their own.  This sort of surprised them and I asked them what attractions, museums, restaurants, parks are on every travel agencies list of the must sees in their own city?  Did they…
  • Lost and Found

    4 Jul 2014 | 3:47 pm
    We recently had someone ask us if we ever got lost while traveling.  My husband carries maps in his head.  He is one of those people who can look at a map, review it once, gets his bearings and then has it firmly in his mind which way the streets run, which roads to take and even which direction to go in. I need mapquest.  I haven’t mastered a GPS device but I know that if I didn’t have Mike, having a GPS would have been in my life much sooner. Even after 30 years of travel the only city I was ever lost in was Venice, Italy. I was traveling with family at the time and we went shopping…
  • Doing Our Own Travel Arrangements

    30 Jun 2014 | 3:41 pm
    I recently had someone ask me for a recommendation for a Tour Operator for a client who was going on a honeymoon to Spain.  This person happily related to me that they had just started a travel agency and needed help in creating a list of TO’s they could use going forward for Spain. I realized then that I had never answered this question here so now I will tell you why I do my own travel arranging. In the recent past I was a travel agent (Lince’s Leisure Vacations) and a Tour Operator (Global Explorer Club), both companies which I have since closed.  I have been personally traveling for…
  • The VAT Refund Game

    27 Jun 2014 | 3:34 pm
    In all the years I have been traveling I have never tried to get a VAT tax refund.  I was spending so little anyway it wouldn’t have been worth the time commitment to make it pay, as far as I was concerned. A VAT (value added tax) is used throughout Europe as a form of sales tax added to some merchandise and goods sold in the European Union.  It is a requirement that businesses collect this money and send it along to their governments. If you are not a member of the EU you may be entitled to a refund of the monies collected.  There are procedures to follow; paperwork that needs to be…
  • Stereotypes

    23 Jun 2014 | 3:25 pm
    The more we have traveled the more questions we get from those that follow our blogs or from those whom we meet.  Sometimes however what we get are stereotype questions or comments about us because we are American.  Mike and I spend quite a bit of time telling people we aren’t from Canada because they can’t believe we are American because American’s don’t travel and because those that do travel are not nice. Some of the other misconceptions we combat, or even those we have seen first hand are; I am Italian American and I don’t know anyone in the Mafia.  Not all Italians or those…
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  • What’s been going on…

    15 Jul 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Another apology for not writing more often. It’s been a mental few weeks and I just have not got round to writing a blog post. Since last time I have: Met my Nana – she came to Stockholm with a friend and we spent the day together showing her around Stockholm Got a new Job – after almost 2 years I am leaving Bad Boy and heading to a exciting startup called Sinch. Expect more geeky posts on my other blog Now hate Skatteverket – after 3/4 visits to prove my own means to live in Sweden that was not enough. So got my contract from my new job, was told that would take a…
  • Studentflak

    7 Jun 2014 | 5:21 am
    June is the time when the college students graduate in Sweden (Studenten) and they do so in style! Of course they have the standard dinner party but Swedish students graduate and party on a Flak. The Studentflak! This is literally a lorry that students rent, put huge speakers in it, 500 beers and drive around town for a party. You drive from your college through town for about 2 hours just jumping around, dancing, drinking beers and having a great time. I was lucky enough to go on one of these last year with my girlfriends brother when he graduated. It’s a strange experience for me…
  • Some pictures from around Stockholm

    5 Jun 2014 | 4:00 am
    I see a lot of fun stuff around Stockholm and here is a collection of some greats over the past week or two. This is some street art of a man coming out of a man hole. Made me chuckle! A pub in Södermalm with automatic doors! Totally typical British Pub inside but automatic doors! Is this not the most pointless gate?! And finally, Fish Balls in a tin! Yep!! The post Some pictures from around Stockholm appeared first on STHLM.
  • A Day in Hellasgården

    4 Jun 2014 | 4:43 am
    There is a fantastic nature park near Stockholm called Hellasgården that my girlfriend and I love to go and explore. Last weekend the temperature went up to 28 degrees over here so we thought about going swimming in the lake (17 degrees). I totally chickened out and only went up to my knees but my girlfriend managed to swim for a good 10 minutes! Here are some pictures from our little dinner date a few days ago. The view at Hellasgården Dinner at Hellasgården The post A Day in Hellasgården appeared first on STHLM.
  • STHLM So Far

    3 Jun 2014 | 12:08 am
    Wow, 56 days in Stockholm and what an experience so far. Moving my whole life here was one hell of an experience and well worth it. Apart from 86% sunshine, life here is working out really well with so much to do in the city, me driving more, exercising more and just soaking up the Swedish lifestyle. Working from home is a bid weird as you miss out on all of the laughter and banter from the office but the lifestyle here is much better. I still miss all of my friends, family and bits of Newcastle (the beer for one!) but there is something about Stockholm that I really love. The only problem is…
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  • Wordless Wednesday #5 with Linky

    29 Jul 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Typical Belizean home via a long, dusty, gravel road to the Maya ruins of Caracol.Keep reading to add your photography post to the blog link-up :-) An InLinkz Link-up
  • No Such Thing As The Perfect Mom

    28 Jul 2014 | 6:44 pm
    I just wrote my second article for The Homemaker's Journal. Every Week THJ will feature Real Mom Wednesday. Last week I blogged about the phrase, "You need to watch your kids." How would you feel if someone told you that? Is it helpful? Is it kind? Read the blog post, "You Need To Watch Your Kids". Signing off, Tina
  • Bible Ministry Adventures #3

    27 Jul 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Our family enjoys being in the Bible ministry for more then one reason! Not only are we pleasing God by teaching others about the Bible but we also spend time with our friends, discover new sights and places, admire pretty flowers, appreciate beautiful vistas, learn about life and people, and mingle with nature. For all these reasons and more, our Bible ministry is very important for the happiness of our family. We value this time and try to put it first in our life. That is not always easy, for life offers many distractions... But we try! Here are a few of my latest photos taken around the…
  • Our First Mexican Wedding...

    25 Jul 2014 | 7:13 am
    I was so excited! We were invited to our first wedding in Mexico! We hired a babysitter and decided to make it a date night. There would be dancing and I love to dance! The evening started off well. The location was beautiful. The food was great. I was waiting, in eager expectation, for the cake. I have to say that working as a wedding photographer for ten years, the food and cake at the reception was always one of my favorite parts! I love food! Haha :-)As soon as dinner was served, we got the phone call. I forgot my phone in the truck so the call came through the maid-of-honor, a close…
  • Wordless Wednesday #4 with Linky

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Enjoying a beautiful Mexican waterfall near the Maya site of Palenque.Keep reading to add your photography post to the blog link-up :-) An InLinkz Link-up
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