The highs and lows of the video call

We've been video calling each other for around a decade, well at least I have. Sometimes I think it's a blessing, sometimes I think it's a curse. Sometimes it's totally necessary, other times I just can't understand why a normal phone call wouldn't have sufficed. Can you relate? The early days of video calls Skype.... Continue Reading →

Life Post-Corona Lockdown

One week into the corona lockdown in Germany and I was struggling. In fact, I just couldn't wait for lockdown to be over. After eight weeks of being at home, the restrictions have been eased and I feel absolutely no excitement. Like nada. Zero relief. Different countries are at different stages One reason for the... Continue Reading →

Choosing to stay with family or move abroad

When given the choice to move abroad, one of the first things we often ask ourselves is "What about my family?" For many of us, family is one of our top priorities in life. Especially when they begin to extend and there are engagements, weddings, pregnancies, and unfortunately sometimes funerals too. We often feel as though... Continue Reading →

How to decide where to move abroad

When travelling, I often consider if I would ever want to live in the place I'm holidaying in, and it got me thinking about what makes me answer with either 'yes' or 'no.' I already had a personal connection to Germany before moving here from the UK, but if I wanted to relocate again, then... Continue Reading →

The 5 hardest things about living abroad

I love living abroad and it's one of the best choices I've ever made but every now and again I get this 'ugh' feeling. This frustration with the abnormalities of living abroad. I asked a few international friends what they sometimes find difficult about living abroad and we pretty much agreed on the same points.... Continue Reading →

The four phases of culture shock

It creeps up on you when you least expect it and pushes you out of your depth as you try to comprehend these abnormalities that are actually now normalities. In fact, you're the abnormal one now. Culture shock. Two and half years into my expat journey and as much as I have embraced the German... Continue Reading →

Living away from your family

Living away from your family can be hard. Whether it's a different city, a different country or a different continent, the thousands of kilometres between us and our families can make them feel very unreachable. Being able to get to your siblings', parents' and grandparents' homes in less than an hour really does seem like... Continue Reading →

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