Angela Coleby

Pastechi

Pastechi

Aruba has a few snacks on the island specific to the region with a Dutch influence such as croquettes and bitterballen.   However, our favourite snack is the pastechi.   It is the Aruban way to start your day. To me, the pastechi is similar to a British pasty.   A pasty is a dough filled treat that …

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10 Signs You Have Become An Island Girl

10 Signs You Have Become An Island Girl

Moving to an island and adapting to island life can take a while.  It may take months or years, but with every island girl there is the moment of self-realisation that you are now an island girl and nothing fazes you anymore.  You have adapted to your new home and show a few signs of island living. …

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Flamingo Fun in Aruba

Flamingo Fun in Aruba

Last week was full of flamingo fun for us in Aruba.   Aruba is host to flamingos but they reside on an island owned by one of the hotels rather than on a public beach. You will often see photos of the flamingos in promotional articles of Aruba but they are not as accessible as you …

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The Stages of Expat Life

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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