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30.06.2014
In 1999 I bought an old ruin in a village called Nežichov, near Karlovy Vary, in the Czech Republic and started to convert it into a B&B. In the UK, I had had too many plates spinning at the same time (working with two accountancy-IFA practices, setting and marking Chartered Insurance Institute exam papers and I was also general secretary of...
27.06.2014
You might be thinking that working your own way up the work ladder is the best way to improve your job prospects, life enjoyment, and your ability to be successful in life. But there’s something else. You should seek out the opportunity to work abroad, even if you don’t intend to stay abroad forever – and here’s why. #1 It’s An Adventure At the...
23.06.2014
Thailand is currently one of the hottest travel destinations on the planet, particularly for backpackers or budget travellers. With some of the lowest travel costs, the most beautiful scenery and top-rated beaches, it’s a no brainer for Gen Y travellers. Here are some of the best off-the-beaten-track locations to see. #1 Pai Pai is a sleepy town...
16.06.2014
We arrived at Schiphol airport the following morning around 11h00, but could only collect the dogs about 5 hours later that day. So, the period of separation from the dogs was only 24 hours in total. The assistant at the animal and pet travel department at the airport was friendly and helpful. We needed all the dogs' documentation in order to...
13.06.2014
Hot summers, cooler winters but sunshine almost every day. That about sums up the weather in Oman, a country perched strategically at the mouth of the Persian Gulf. Oman, a member of the economic and political entity known as the GCC – the Gulf Cooperation Council – has an estimated 1.5 million expat workers, many of whom are attracted to the...
10.06.2014
There are two types of ‘expatriate’ parents out there today – those who were globally mobile children themselves, and those who are taking the leap outside their nation for the first time as adults. In the literature the first group are known as Adult Third Culture Kids (ATCK’s). TCKs are defined as people who lived a significant portion of their...
03.06.2014
Nelson Mandela once said of education it is the most powerful weapon anyone wishing to change the world can use. Change has certainly been evident all across the Middle East. But while the world abhors and at the same time dwells on the revolutionary and civil war violence brought to our television screens on an almost daily basis, and often in...
02.06.2014
I sit by the pool sipping mojitos, taking a dip when it takes my fancy, waving indulgently at my two children as they splash each other and giggle uncontrollably. This is what my friends think my expat life is like. This is what it’s actually like: I land in a country with two over-tired children, dragging two suitcases and a buggy, looking for...
01.06.2014
Many women and some men are occasionally confronted with a hard choice: stay in their home country while their partner works abroad, or follow the partner and leave their career behind. I belong to the second category, though much time has passed since I closed the door on my work as interpreter in my hometown to follow my husband to Africa. Today...