working from home

The future of work could be good news for expats

If the last year has taught us anything, it is that predicting the future is a dangerous game. However now parts of the world are starting to emerge from the long shadow of COVID-19. With that shift there are lots of different interests coming to bear on what the future of work and business could…

Preparing for an international move

An international move is the mother of all chores. Once the excitement of your new posting wears off the reality of getting from A to B starts to consume your life. It requires so much organisation and planning it can be easy to keep putting it off. Don’t! The sooner you get onto it the…

10 reasons for expats to join Clubhouse

Adios perfectly curated social media! Hello Clubhouse. Not everyone is as desperate as some people like to make out to be invited to this invite-only audio-only Clubhouse app. I do, however, think it is worth trying to snap up an invite if you get the chance. It can be a fun and easy way to…

Kiwi Kids

Connecting kids to their homeland

Belonging is about feeling comfortable and relaxed in a situation. Children raised outside of their home country can struggle to find this sense of belonging. Never truly comfortable in their host country and a little bit of a stranger in their home country. Connecting kids to their homeland is not easy. Not knowing your origins…

Expat finances: Where to start

In online expat forums, questions around expat finances come up all the time. Questions range from the very general – what should we be doing with our money, through to more specific ones around offshore banking and expat tax issues. There is no one right answer for anyone. So many variables are involved even when…

Caballo Blanco Ranch

Keeping a horse rescue ranch going in a pandemic

There once was a little girl growing up in the idyllic English countryside, surrounded by wild ponies, and friends with horses. Her skill with these animals was known to all the equestrian lovers in the area, regardless of her young age. Whenever there was a horse with behavioral problems, whatever the cause, it was her…

Lanjaron

Starting a business during a pandemic!

Before moving to Spain, my husband and I were running a property business in the UK. He started it in 2014 and I joined a few weeks later. Our tiny team consisted of us, a business partner and an admin apprentice. The company went all the way from start-up to being assessed the number one…

Siblings

This pandemic sucks

If there is any group I feel extra sorry for during this pandemic it is teenagers. I think the pandemic especially sucks for those aged from 15 to 18 who only get a few short years to be spreading their wings and finding their way in the world without their parents looking over their shoulders…

Beech tree

Lockdown confusion

Marie suffered a spinal CSF leak during the covid-19 pandemic forcing her to lying flat in bed for many, many months. This is the story of her confusion around lockdown as she started to gain her health and mental clarity back. Lockdown. This word is going through my mind more and more often. I’m trying…

Thanksgiving

Finding gratitude during a pandemic Thanksgiving

We are a mixed family. My kids like to say they are mongrels. Not a very flattering way of describing themselves but true perhaps. We are a NZ/US family so we are about to celebrate Thanksgiving. Ours is a hybrid version of the American holiday. We never celebrate it on a Thursday, this year it…