• Awesome foursome to just me! At the end of the last school year, my main friend group disbanded. One went to France, one back to The Netherlands, one back to Turkey, and I’m left here in Germany. Even though it’s been only a year, it feels much longer. Even though we’ll keep in touch, it won’t be the same. We…
  • Real life Roma Roma, the 2018 Academy Award winning Netflix film from writer and director Alfonso Cuarón, is both beautiful and moving. If you have had the privilege of having had live-in help, then be prepared to be emotionally wrung out by the end of this film. A number of the reviews I read said something along the…
  • Questions to ask when choosing an international school Moving to a new country and choosing the right school for your family can be a very confusing and stressful process especially if you have never been through it before. When looking at international schools, you can’t expect all American schools or all IB schools to be the same. Here are some questions to ask…
  • Starting a family in Spain Running my own company in Spain meant everything to me. I had all I wanted and more. Even the magnet on my office fridge read, “Ooooops, I forgot to have children!”. It was a full time business, looking after properties and holiday makers – 24/7 in the summer months and pretty involved the rest of…
  • Seasons? 525,600 minutes. The musical Rent asks the question ‘how do you measure a year in the life?’ Although Rent recommends love, most people use seasons. There are all sorts (depending on where you are from). . . baseball season, netball season, cricket season, football season, deer season, the Christmas season, crawfish season. With each of…
  • Traveling with teenagers Travelling with teens who have reached the humphy, eye-rolling stage of life can be tricky but if you chose the right destinations there is a good chance the humphs and eye rolls will be left at home. They may pretend they don’t want to go on holiday with you but the truth is they just…
  • Cake expectations! I will never live up to Sylvie no matter how long I live and how good I get at making cakes. She was our neighbour for years and made all my daughters birthday cakes. According to my children, there is no one else in the world who can make cakes as well as Sylvie. Now…
  • Comfort food problems! I grew up in New Zealand. I lived in the same house from the day I was born until I left to go to University. From the age of around 8 good family friends of ours had an avocado orchard so we always had boxes of avocados in our pantry. Whenever we were hungry my…