The Seven Stages of the Expat Life Cycle

A year in Qatar and I’d say we’re just about settled into our expat life here.  The boys are both at school or nursery, we’re…

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I am not a lady of leisure

I have been called many things in my time.  Wife.  Trailing spouse.  Mum.  Stay-at-home mum.  Expat.  Blogger.  Friend.  Banker.  Daughter.  Laura.  To name but a…

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Friends for a reason, a season or a lifetime?

The thing about being an expat is that life is very transient. You make friends, then they move away.  So you make more friends, then…

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Expat Life: Settling back in Qatar after a summer away

This time last week we were headed to the airport ready to board the plane back to our life in Qatar, our second expat stint…

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Expat Friends: This time last year you didn’t know me

This time last year I was sat, much as I am now, at my mums house in Derby.  Waiting for the call that said we…

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To everyone who has checked in with us: we are okay

On Monday morning, around the breakfast table, my husband silently passed his phone over to me.  There was an article open, one which announced the…

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My love-hate relationship with the great summer exodus

The time is nearly upon us, where I abandon my husband for the summer and head for the cooler climes of the UK.  The time…

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