Homesick and Heatstruck

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Homesick and Heatstruck
The various ruminations of a reluctant expatriate.
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Website Reviews » There are 18 reviews on Homesick and Heatstruck

Stacy Donne
16:01 PM November 11, 2012

A fantastically honest, funny and well written blog! As an expat in the Middle East myself, Homesick and Heatstruck echoes everything i've nearly always been too scared to say out loud! Can't wait for more!

Jen
16:18 PM November 11, 2012

Gorgeous blog that's warm & witty. Gives a great glimpse of how it feels to be far away but still thinking of home.

Matt
16:25 PM November 11, 2012

My favourite Dubai blog. Funny, perceptive and well written it always takes me back to the green green grass of home.

Jess
16:04 PM November 12, 2012

Since leaving the UK, I have swept most things British under my favourite paisley, Laura Ashley Home rug... as a coping strategy no doubt. But this blog does nothing but take me back to days gone by spent in the Home Counties. A beautifully written, fearless yet romanticised and empathetic interpretation of the longing for home we expats all keep tucked away inside. A safe, enjoyable, cathartic read, I love it!

Geoff
16:21 PM November 12, 2012

Really funny, occasionally moving, always entertaining. You hope the poor woman gets to go home soon, but then part of you hopes she doesn't!

Rick Strange
17:34 PM November 12, 2012

Beautifully written; keenly observed; bitter sweet little insights that can bring tears to your eyes from both the sadness and the humour. Pure emotion worn on the sleeve, but so controlled it is writing of exquisitely precise quality.

Caz
22:29 PM November 12, 2012

Funny, smart writing, love it!

Laura
05:40 AM November 13, 2012

This is so well observed and the reflections are really touching with a sprinkling of humour. Love it!

Kate C
06:20 AM November 13, 2012

This blogger's style is excellent - witty and honest with a the very real sense that you are settling down for a natter with an old friend. As an expat myself I love reading the posts that perfectly articulate feelings that I can only hint at. Highly recommended.

Louise
07:22 AM November 13, 2012

What a dream. Thoroughly enjoyable reading. Funny, honest, heart warming and above all SO TRUE! From one Kent girl to another. Love it.

Emily
07:29 AM November 13, 2012

Heartwarming yet evokes the cold winds of home...I really enjoy this blog for the imagery and 'closeness'; encapsulating just what being away from home entails. Most excellent writing!!:-)

Will S
22:06 PM November 14, 2012

Beautifully thought out and exquisitely written, a thoroughly engaging and entertaining read. I love this blog!

Louise Milner-Moore
08:21 AM November 15, 2012

Beautifully written. Intelligent, witty, warm and genuine - if only all blogs were like this!

Em
05:57 AM November 26, 2012

Makes me laugh. Makes my heart ache. I want to go home too.

Rebecca
11:33 AM December 02, 2012

She's witty, interesting and makes me feel as though I am right there with her.

Natalie
17:16 PM February 10, 2013

I wouldn't consider leaving home without it! Amazing, heartfelt and heartwarming. x

Alex
15:01 PM May 29, 2013

Love it! Wish I'd had this when (and before) lived in Dubai...

Navigating Life
21:43 PM January 06, 2014

Beautifully written, thanks for sharing.

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