REMEMBER WHERE YOU ARE

This is a reminder to myself and other expats that we represent who we work for AND we represent where we’re From. People will already have you slotted into a stereotype, prove them wrong! ALWAYS respect the cultures and traditions of the country you’re in…




Should I Stay or Should I Go?

It could be taking a new job, relocating due to your job, staying in a relationship, staying at university, moving out of home, moving to be with someone, starting a business, taking a career break, traveling… Oh the agony of staying put or jumping ship. If…




The Move to La Gomera (Canary Islands, Spain)

So I’ve been living in Spain- or more specifically, La Gomera- for almost TWO months! Not that you’d think it from my lack of updates. La Gomera is a unique, enchanting island nestled among 6 other islands, forming the Canaries. We’re probably closer to Africa…




Autumn Cycles of Beginnings and Ends

Happy Autumn! For as long as I can remember, Autumn embraces new beginnings. It’s where old chapters fizzle out. Just as in nature, there’s a period of change which leads to growth. School years Autumn brought new teachers, timetables and friends into my life. It’s…




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Expat Life: Viernes Momentos De Magia / Friday Moments of Magic

It’s Friday, just gone 7PM- probably my favourite moment on the island. I’m sitting in a newly discovered cafe (there are so many to choose from!) the beach an arm’s stretch away. Sitting here I face out to sea- beyond the safe, cosy confines of…




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8 Things Your Travel/Expat Friend Does NOT Need to Hear

Travel has rescued me in so many ways. If you’ve had a scroll through my About Me page, you’ll know I’ve had my fair share of tough times. Problems growing up, problems with love, problems at uni, now problems with anxiety and Fibromalgia. I’ve been…




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TEFL Teaching English Abroad- Where Do I Start?

So you’re thinking about TEFL (teaching English as a Foreign Language) abroad? This post has drawn together the experiences of almost 20 of my TEFLing friends around the globe. It hopes to answer any queries or worries you might have, how to get into it…




Re-pat Life: A Month of Sundays

The blog’s been rather quiet these last months– I’m sorry for that. There’s never the time, or it’s too late, or I’m too tired. Well, I’m going to try really hard now to post regularly. Not that I have that much going on for an…




Learning to ‘See Through the Fog’ / Why I left Sicily

You may have noticed that I haven’t written anything about teaching English in Sicily on the blog. I might not have been writing but I have been learning. So, what’s the deal? I had a great job in a nice city called Catania. I only worked…




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Expat Life: On Not Being Able to Commit

I’ve been a sort of ‘short-term expat’ for a couple of years now. I spent 5 months teaching in Vietnam, 9 months in Maldives and about a year in and around Italy. Now I’m temporarily back in my hometown, England– a little break from life….