• Expat Life
  • Brief Encounters

    FIGT Binnenhof

    Last week I went to the Netherlands. Without my children. To a conference. It was the annual FIGT  (Families in Global Transition) Conference, which I found out about on Instagram, digital guru that I am (not). With no kids. Did I mention that bit already?! The FIGT conference was for three days but, not knowing anything […]

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  • Getting Lippy

    woman with lipstick on

    The good news? January is over. The not so good news? It still feels like January. Cold and grey. I’m bored of wearing jumpers, having to wrap up warm every time I go outside. Why do we call it the January blues? I don’t feel blue. I feel grey. And not 50 shades of. Just dull, […]

  • Travel
  • Lake Como with Kids – Top 5 Travel Tips

    Lake Como, Italy, Travel with kids

    We drove up to Lake Como from Florence, arriving mid-afternoon. By that evening, my husband had decided he wanted to live there. Now we have been to many beautiful places, but none have elicited quite so strong a reaction – not sure though whether the greyer he goes, the more he’s wondering, ‘What would Clooney do?’ And although […]

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  • Someone’s Wife…

    Expat Wife Gustav Klimt's The Kiss in a jigsaw puzzle

    I read an article yesterday, which talked about how Frida Kahlo was described as the  ‘Wife of Master Mural Painter’. The point of the article was that if someone as legendary as Kahlo was described in terms of being ‘someone’s wife’,  and yet went on to leave a legacy that surpassed her husband’s, then there’s […]

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  • Home for Christmas?

    Christmas tree, decorated

    Are you going home for Christmas? The longer we have lived away, the more complicated the ‘home’ question has become but, for my family, going home for Christmas means going back to parents’ house. When I lived in England, the Christmas chat would be around where you were going to have Christmas dinner – and the tensions […]