Yesterday the Women's Football World Cup Final took place. The 2019 tournament has been especially fantastic for Dutch, English, American and Swedish supporters. But again I am aware that there's nothing like sport to test your allegiances when you live in a country you weren't born in. Reading through statuses on Facebook this morning, the… Continue reading Sport Tournaments Reveal Your Allegiances When You Live Abroad. Discuss.
Marriage is an intricate relationship in the best of circumstances, but throw cultural and language differences into the mix and you may face issues that other couples simply don't experience. Here are five things to think about when you marry someone from another country. 1. Communication When you marry someone whose mother tongue is not… Continue reading 8 Things to Think About When You Marry Someone From Another Country
There are many aspects of living outside your birth country that can be unsettling, foreign or hard to adjust to but forging new relationships in a language not your own is certainly top of my list. Using a second language, it is hard to convey a real sense of yourself to those around you. Sarah… Continue reading Moving Abroad and Losing My Voice
When I first moved overseas I was struck by the fact that some expats are more equal than others. I had never really thought about expat life before - why would I whilst I lived in my birth country? What's An Expat? When I moved abroad I technically became an expat. Wikipedia describes an expatriate… Continue reading The Fraudulent Expat: Living Local But Not Native
Many, many years ago I read an article in the Dutch daily newspaper, the NRC, about how people wear 'masks' according to the situation they find themselves in and who they are with. Do we wear an expat mask I wondered..... In essence, people are only really one hundred percent themselves when they are alone. With… Continue reading Do You Wear an Expat Mask?
Setting your own boundaries is not just healthy, it's essential for your wellbeing. That applies when you move abroad. In fact, it is even more important when you move overseas. Why is Setting Personal Boundaries Important? Your own personal boundaries guide your decision making. Boundaries are a clear way of communicating your mental, physical and… Continue reading The Importance of Personal Boundaries When You Move Abroad
When you move overseas you adapt. Well, you do if you want happiness to be a part of your expat life. Sometimes, it strikes you just how far you have adapted to a new country when you least expect it. Like when you order a Chinese takeaway. Chinese Takeaway English Style At the end of… Continue reading How A Chinese Takeaway Made Me Realise the Ways in Which You Adapt to Life Abroad