Expitterpattica

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Expitterpattica
Expat Mum. History Lover. Compulsive Traveller. I'm an expat mum raising two tri-national bilingual boys, and trying to make sense of it all.
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  • The Umbilical Snap: Parenting in a Foreign Culture 4 months ago Since moving to the UK almost a year ago I find I have slipped back into my British-ness. Like a swallow returning after the winter, like a duck to water, I have embraced the cultural foibles of this fabled isle. I have embraced apologizing profusely when someone bumps into me; I’ve mastered the...
  • The Expat Trap: pressing pause on your life 7 months ago Living abroad can feel like a time out from your life. How many of us have made the decision to move to a new country, perhaps giving up our careers in the process, and said, ‘it’s only for two to three years’, ‘I’ll take a career break’, ‘It’ll be good for my partner’s career’?...
  • We're on the move again! 1 year ago The call came while we were on holiday in Greece. “It’s my boss,” Berto said nervously, before answering his phone and disappearing upstairs. We were staying in a Greek villa on the island of Poros, with thick walls, but apparently thin floors because from the bedroom below I could hear the...
  • From Trailing Spouse to Expat Entrepreneur: Common Ground 1 year ago   The term ‘Expat Entrepreneur’ is having a bit of a moment right now. And rightly so. It’s a power term used by those who find themselves in a foreign country (usually at the behest of their partner’s career) and start their own business because they want to create something that’s...
  • Why Can't I Stop Moving?: Restless Expat Syndrome and Place Attachment. 1 year ago “When do you think you’ll finally settle down, you know, stop moving around?” It’s a question I get asked a lot, usually from older family members or well meaning acquaintances – head cocked to one side; tone concerned and slightly confused, as though it’s a disturbing question to ask....

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