The Stages of Expat Life

Life as an expat has a few stages that inevitably you will go through. You may go through each stage in order or find that you bounce from one back to the other. Expat life can be a roller coaster of emotions and experiences. One minute you are happy as a tourist arriving at a …

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Caribbean Expat Wife

There are a few expat wife meme’s about, so I thought I would create one for us expat wives in the Caribbean!  Enjoy and I had better get back to that cleaning!  

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The Bane of a British Accent Abroad

How does your accent change when living abroad and do you find that you are treated differently because of your accent? One thing that I have found in being an expat is when I am looking for work to be done on the house or require the service of tradesman, the price will double as …

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Close Encounters of the Snake Kind

We had put aside any possibility of moving to Australia partially due to it being too far for the animals to travel and the scary creatures it has.   However, not all islands are without their creepy crawlies. In Barbados, I had encountered flying cockroaches.  Let that just sink in.  Cockroaches.  Huge.  Flying at you.   Or …

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Things You Find At The Beach

Walking along the beach is one of the best things about island living. The white sand and the range of azure and dark blue colours of the ocean cannot be beat. You expect to find many things on the beach such as picnic rubbish, empty sun lotion bottles and plastic bottles but sometimes the beach …

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Mi Dushi Aruba

We first came across the word Dushi when we first visited Curacao a couple of years ago. When we were exploring the island we came across large letters of the word Curacao and beside it was also the word Dushi. We had no idea what was the meaning of Dushi was but snapped a photo …

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Our First Aruba Carnival

Our first Aruba carnival is over and thoroughly enjoyed. Carnival season in Aruba is held during the month of February and a great way to get over any lingering Christmas blues. Aruba’s carnival goes back to the 1920’s when the Lago Oil Refinery brought in immigrants, mainly from Trinidad, with a culture of carnival. Trinidad …

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20 Survival Tips For Living On A Tropical Island

Island living is not all sunsets and cocktails.   You need a few survival tips to stop you fashioning a friend out of an old football and calling it “Wilson”.   These tips are not the ship wrecked survival guide but are for those of us who lived in larger countries and cities before setting up home …

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Supermarkets & Grocery Stores in Aruba

A few months into living on the island of Aruba and I am still in awe of the variety of the shops here.  For a small island, there are a great assortment of stores.   When you are visiting as a tourist you are mainly concerned with where you can purchase basic groceries, rum, beer, sun …

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Another Year, Another Island

After three years in Barbados is was time to move on.  Or rather my husband’s work visa expired and he didn’t wish to renew it.   We were in the fortunate position of debating where in the world would we live since he had a few employment offers from a variety of countries.  Yes, I hate …

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