To be honest, we chose Amsterdam for a quick adventure because it was close. Close to the UK that is. Less than an hour’s flying time and there you are, voila, in an entirely different country, complete with a different culture and language! Mind you, we all know about those one hour flights that tease […]
What’s the first thing you ask someone you’ve just met? “Where are you from?” Or “Where’s home for you?” Especially if you’re an expat, right. The words literally roll off your tongue, after, “Hi, I’m So and So.” And even if you’re not living overseas, it doesn’t take long for the inevitable question to crop […]
When your taxi driver casually offers you a cigarette, Toto, you know you’re not in Kansas anymore. When I first arrived in Xi'an, China, it felt like a time machine … [Read More...]
If you're about to make your big move overseas, this guest post by Mint Mocha Musings' partner OFX hits the nail on the head! In fact, I wish we'd had it before our first expat gig … [Read More...]
From a SkyScraper in Hong Kong to a Hotel in China and a Townhouse in Suburban Sydney: Where’s Home?
For the last seven years, as an expat, our housing situation has been anything but “normal”. For the first four years, we lived on Hong Kong’s sparkling harbour side, high up on … [Read More...]
When you go overseas as an “expat” invariably a lot of the ‘organising’ is done for you, under what’s known as an ‘expat package’. And while they are not seen to be quite as … [Read More...]
What is it about Australians and muesli bars? You might remember at the writers conference I went to in Guangzhou, a lovely Tassie lady saved my bacon, digging into her rations … [Read More...]