An Expat Kind of Holiday

There is a lot of literature out there about the expat child. How to make the transition easier for him or her, how to ease the pressures, how to make sure they don’t lose their identity with all those international moves. There are psychologists employed by companies who consult expat families, ... 


Moving Day

It is moving day. Soon, the packers will show up in droves and you house will look like a battle zone. You have your last cup of tea in peace, and you think of what is to come.

The doorbell will ring, and you’ll welcome the moving crew inside. You’ll show them the different rooms, and all ... 


Let’s Talk Money

*** Note: This post was written in 2012 and cost of living expenses most likely have changed in the meantime, as the Rand has fallen as low as 17 to 1 to the US-dollar, compared to 7 to 1 when we lived in South Africa. As a result, some costs might actually be cheaper as measured in expat dollars, and some might have become more expensive due to higher cost of imports. ***

“What is the cost of living in South Africa?”

This is the question I am asked most often by people contacting me through my blog (behind “How safe is South Africa,” of course), and it is the one I most dread. Because it is very difficult to answer. Firstly, because we are a ... 


Where is Home?

Signs for one of our homes. Maybe the “no outlet” sign has deeper meaning? Photo by Viv Nazarro

Being an expat and having the opportunity to live in an exotic place might sound like a dream come true to a lot of people.But it’s not always easy being an expat.

Aside from all the big hassles moving entails – packing up your household every few years, finding new schools, buying a car, ...