Is your Santa fat or skinny?

During our time in Libya I became friends with woman called Petra who was from the Netherlands. Petra was tall, skinny, blonde, blue eyed and had beautiful olive skin, she was a nightmare to stand next to at the pool. Unfortunately for white pasty me, we were in Libya which is really hot, so we had to stand by the pool a lot.When we weren't … [Read more...]

What are you celebrating?

Like most people, I'm a big fan of public holidays. Growing up in rural Australia meant we celebrated the bog standard Australian Public and Christian holidays, whether it was the Queens birthday, ANZAC day or Easter, I loved the anticipation that came with the lead up to a "long weekend".When I became an Expat, the holidays I had grown up with and … [Read more...]

My People

I was completely unaware I was feeling the way I was, until the tears came.For the past few weeks just about everyone I knew had asked what we were doing for Christmas. I'd cheerfully responded that we were staying in Doha. I'd listed the practicalities of how expensive it is to fly home, the excess baggage carrying presents back and forth, how … [Read more...]

The Beagle

Before the beagle, when we were beagleless, we were of the firm belief that it was irresponsible to have a dog and travel. We were never going to do that. Every time we spotted a dog that potentially could have become ours, we'd have the same conversation again and one of us would convince the other it would be something to look forward to when we … [Read more...]

Do you know Elle McPherson?

Every Australian who has traveled overseas has been asked or told at least one dumb thing about Australia. Do we speak English? Are there really kangaroos hopping down the street? My personal favourite so far  "Do you have the internet in Australia"?Canadians still get asked if they live in igloos, Brits are offered tea at breakfast because "we … [Read more...]

Let’s get moving

The scene is very clear in my mind, one of those moments in time you remember so well you can smell and almost feel it when it comes back to visit you. I was 9 months pregnant with our 2nd little traveler, we were living in Malaysia and it had been the pregnancy from hell. I'd lost 10 kilo's. Going to the obstetrician was similar to going to a … [Read more...]

The Expat Woman

Expat women have a terrible reputation. Gin swilling, lazy, diamond dripping, drunk by lunch time, double kissing, designer handbag owning, do I need to go on? "In my next life I'm coming back as an expat wife" scoffed a middle aged man at my partner's Christmas party. We'd just agreed to head to Jakarta - from our Australian home.  Over the … [Read more...]

Have you wished someone an Eid Mubarak today?

We'd only been living in Jakarta for a few months when it was time for Eid al Adha. I kept hearing people talk about the "second Eid" but I was too embarrassed to admit I had no idea what that meant. Having grown up in a small country town in Australia that had a largely Anglo Saxon, Greek and Italian community, my religious exposure had been … [Read more...]