Social Benefits of The Internet - LondonCyber Conference

Do you remember the years before the internet? When we had to look up telephone books and encyclopaedias for information. When we used maps – real proper paper maps – to find the way to a friend’s house. When we had to estimate how long it would take us to get there, and look up bus timetables that were kept in a box under the stairs? If I were to […]


10 Tips How to Love Expat Life

      With almost 20 years of expat life behind me, I thought it might be helpful for anyone considering a life-changing move to read about the things that have helped me love expat life. Whether your plan is to relocate for a short time or long term, being prepared for physical and emotional upheaval makes the difference between a happy expat experience and a miserable one. My husband’s […]


The Joys of Expat Life

Ok, forgive me my self-indulgent and whiny post yesterday. The sun is shining in Geneva once more, my friend is on her way to a new adventure, who knows what the next year will bring both her and my families. There is change coming, and it cannot be stopped. Today, I am going to concentrate on the good sides, the sweet side of life. What I enjoy about living in […]


Saying goodbye, au revoir, auf wiedersehen...

No matter in which language you do this, it is a bitch. And if you are living the expat life, then it is something that you have to do occasionally. I have had acquaintances come and go but today was the first time I have said farewell to a true friend. And it hurts. So I did what I do when I hurt. I baked. I cried. I drank wine. And […]


Cultural Faux Pas - Buffet Canadien and Himbeergeist

    … or as a good friend of ours once said, “I made a right pas faux”. Sometimes life as an expat is not so rosy. Sometimes we make mistakes and look really quite silly. Moving to a new country is fraught with social danger, there are so many unwritten rules ready to trip you up. Much to the amusement of the locals. When I was invited to party […]


Parlez vous Français?

Un peu… …is generally my answer to that question. I should speak more than just a little, and if I am honest I do. But it frustrates me that over two years after arriving in Geneva, I am far from fluent. My children are trilingual – English, French, German and are handy as translators occasionally but I don’t always have them with me. It frustrates me that my French is […]


Life as a Feminist Trailing Spouse

The term “Trailing Spouse” may not be one that you are familiar with, unless you are a fellow expat wife. It is used to refer to the partners of those who move abroad for work. In most cases, we are women, although there are some men out there. I first heard of the term when we were planning our move to Geneva. An email from a colleague of my husband […]


Schools in Geneva

One of the most important issues when expats move to a new country is schooling. You can out up with a less than stunning kitchen (and you often have to here) or a slightly boring social life but if your children are unhappy in school then the assignment will be a short one. Or of course if you are unhappy with the school. When we moved to Geneva we faced […]


Happy Mothers Day - An Expat's View

It is, I think, the 20th Mothers Day that I have spent apart from my mother. Although she may well post a comment saying, “What about that time XX years ago when you happened to be in Scotland?”, and if she does, then I stand corrected. Life as an expat is great but there are times that we miss out. We expats miss celebrations such as birthdays, weddings, christenings and […]


You just can't get orange cheese...

This was a comment that made us laugh. An American friend was chatting to one of his countrymen, and this was a complaint about living in Geneva. Cheese capital of the world Switzerland does not sell orange cheese in a spray can. Not that I am bashing the Americans. For Expats this is one of the biggest gripes – that some favourite food stuffs are just not available in the […]