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the piri-piri lexicon
A Franco-luso-Geordie family in Germany. Read about our multilingual and multicultural displaced family's adventures in the world.
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  • The Azores in a camper-van: everything you need to know 1 month ago As we went down that tiny road with a 180° corner, none of us were talking. We both knew we would be facing that corner and its 10% incline again the next morning. Travelling with a camper van on a small island is not something for the faint-hearted. Here, I give you the lowdown about what we...
  • Martinhal, Chiado: best family hotel in Lisbon (?) 3 months ago  I wanted to love it. I really did. Voted the best family hotel in Lisbon by the Independent, I had high expectations. Some may say too high. Since I am asked all the times about tips for Lisbon, Portugal (one of our homes, my husband's original home), here is what you can expect from Martinhal...
  • Why being a career expat is a huge leap of faith 8 months ago "But you're not an expat. You don't have the big package."As some friends and I were chatting a while back, one of them uttered this sentence matter-of-factly and it got me thinking. For months. I hear this phrase again and again in my head.What kind of expat am I then? What makes us different?...
  • 10 alternatives to 'Where are you from?' 11 months ago Last week, again, my girl, 8, who attends an international school was asked by a teacher where she was from. She told me she was not sure what to say at first. She told her story to her friend and then they decided to tell the teacher she was from the U.K. because this is where she was born. But...
  • Rethinking my identity as a trailing spouse 13 months ago I am an introvert. I don't do small talk very well. Inevitably when someone asks me why I live in Germany, my answer includes "my husband's job". And more often than not, I am labelled as a trailing spouse. I have never really thought beyond that. I don't really care what label people put on me. I...

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