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As if raising teenagers isn’t hard enough! We thought we’d emigrate to South Africa as well. Join me on our journey with a few rants thrown in.
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  • Looking for a friend 57 minutes ago I'm lonely. I go out everyday when hubby is at work. I've sent off endless job and volunteer applications, I've met up with lots of people for coffee and lunches, but I haven't found myself a friend yet.In the UK I had friends who lived on the street, friends I'd made in places I'd lived previously...
  • Family Holiday to Tunisia 2010 1 day ago Little did we know that this would be our last family holiday for a long time. It was after we returned from this trip that we were asked to move to South Africa and we’d be gone from the UK within 4 months.Our last major vacation had been to the West Coast of America in 2007 where our eldest...
  • Preparing for the teenage invasion 1 day ago The 16 year old arrives in Dubai tomorrow from the UK for 30 days, that’s a whole month.The teen lives with neither parent, in fact he doesn’t even live in a conventional family, he lives in boarding school, where people are paid to care for him including his washing and ironing. They act as...
  • My Sunday Photo - Week 30 2 days ago Last weeks My Sunday Photo was an entry on an Instagram competition for The Beach #HappyGatherings.Today I went to collect my AED 1000 prize which consists of 5 x AED 200 vouchers for meals and beauty treatments.The vouchers are valid for a year and having checked the restaurants and spa online I...
  • Week 30 - Project 365 4 days ago I've reached the conclusion that I don't need to 'get out more' as Kay Burley told me in response to one of my many rants at Sky TV. I don't need to find more things to do and I don't need any more coffees.What I do need is a purpose and fast. I'm bored, I'm not being challenged as much. I'm loving...

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  • My top 5 things to do in South Africa Writing Contest March 2013 Volunteer work Especially if you can’t get a work permit like me. Volunteering in South Africa is extremely rewarding, for starters one is far less restrained in regards to ‘do’s and don’ts of being a volunteer.’ I’ve been...
  • Tampons, naked saunas and men in Speedos Expat Culture Shock Deal with it? Live with it? Accept it? Deny it? Nothing can prepare for Culture shock, just what is it anyway? How is it described? Is it really THAT bad? Culture shock is just something that has to be experienced. It’s not something that is...
  • My top 10 places to view Wildlife in South Africa Expat Blog Awards 2013 We live in Centurion, Pretoria and welcome numerous visitors every year to South Africa, including family, friends and work colleagues. We are regular visitors to the first 6 places and enjoy annual trips to 7-10. In no particular order other... Expat Blog Awards 2013: South Africa Silver Award!

This blog won the Silver Award for best expat blog in South Africa!

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