• 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…
  • 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…
  • Emily in Paris ‘Emily in Paris’ writer Darren Star has never been an expat! Let’s just establish from the get-go Darren Star, who wrote ‘Emily in Paris’, has clearly never been an expat. It is a great premise for a TV show but fails miserably at even giving a glimpse of the reality of moving to a new and foreign city.  ‘Emily in Paris’ is one of the latest…
  • Minimal wardrobe. How to build the perfect minimalist wardrobe As I laid my pink and yellow summer dress into my donate pile, I wondered to myself why it was all of a sudden so easy a choice. This dress I had kept with me for years as I moved from house to house within Colorado, and the bigger move to Chicago. I didn’t necessarily…