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18 years ago I first moved to Paris, 22 years of age and the first time away from home, security and everything familiar. Two months ago I arrived back in what has become my home away from home. 1,429 more words


One year, 365 days

In one year I have had one crazy roller coaster ride, with many ups and downs and surprise twists and turns. For a twenty something year old kiwi girl I feel like I’ve experienced a lot and truly am a global citizen. 281 more words


Guest blogger: ex-pat Ellen Hawley on UK Beach Holiday. Plus #Bookreview THE DIVORCE DIET

My guest blogger today is the absolutely hilarious Ellen Hawley. Her blog, Notes From the UK, explores the pitfalls awaiting American expats in the UK struggling to learn the foreign language we supposedly grew up speaking. 2,415 more words


Compassionate Muchly?

Last night I went to an ex-pat night. It was my third one of this type with an online group. It is a mixture of ex-pat Sri Lankans and ex-pat foreigners. 1,025 more words

The Chinese Visa Saga: The Dawn of the Dynasty

As this was not my first Chinese visa application, I was somewhat laid back in my approach to gaining authorisation to enter the country. Last year, I signed a few documents, popped my passport in the post and received in back a few days later. 1,085 more words

British Council


I’ve been living in Shanghai for one week. It’s been one of the longest of my life,  but in ways that are mostly brilliant and occasionally mind-bending. 1,597 more words



On the bad days, things get hard. Harder than they otherwise would be.

I am an American girl living in Mexico. It’s not as violent as people say it is, the citizens here for the most part are very friendly, the food is packed full of flavor, and the scenery is beautiful. 681 more words

The #feels