I Procrastinate. And I’m GOOD at it!

You know how when you're behind on things, you get that terrible pit in your stomach when you're running late or an impossible deadline is looming, and  ou curse yourself for waiting so long? You vow, by all that you hold dear, to never ever do it again to yourself. Yet the next deadline approaches, and you find yourself on the same exact track once again. Why do we do it?

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What Expats SHOULDN’T Let the Packers Put in the Container

We all know that moving day can be crazy. The packers are spread out throughout your house, you're running around like crazy taking care of last-minute business, and everything takes on a life of its own. Including the potatoes in your pantry. Or, well, not a life of their own quite yet. That will come some weeks later, when you'll see (or first smell) said life while unpacking.

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The Ultimate Expat Moving Checklist

My kids, who have read some of my blog posts, read this one and proclaimed it as "the most boring story ever." So you are excused if you are now moving on to check out hot sales on Amazon.com. Or hot dudes on Singles.com. But if you're sticking around, I thought I'd share my Ultimate Expat Moving Checklist here with you. Or, if not with you, at the very least my own future self.

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The Expat Game in Reverse (Canceling Services)

Canceling services in South Africa isn't nearly as laborious as signing up. No one asks for passport copies or lease agreements, and most of it can be done over the phone or via email, even online. But even canceling things is not without its pitfalls here in South Africa. For instance, you could once again run into the problem that you're only the spouse and therefore not allowed to cancel.

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Things to Buy Before You Move to South Africa

Prospective expats have asked me what they should buy before moving here, and it is an excellent question. Some things are just too expensive in South Africa, some are impossible to find, and some are at least so cumbersome to track down that it's easier to buy them abroad or have friends bring them when visiting. This blog post features a list of such items.

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