Tag Archive: Expat Adventures

Aug 01

Expat Carnival #2: Making Yourself at Home

This is the second edition of my Expat Blog Carnival. This is a collection of all the best Expat blog content on the web. This edition has a theme of “making yourself at home”

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Jul 25

Down Memory Lane with Glam Rockers Slade

Slade were a ’70s Glam Rock band which personified the era. If you’re a baby boomer you probably saw them for the first time on the UK’s Top of the Pops, and I just had a trip down memory lane whilst watching Slade’s 1999 documentary.

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Jul 18

Cultivating the Good Life

My brother’s living the Good Life. He’s spent the last year cultivating his land, and this is the bounty of his hard work. Looks good enough to eat!

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Jul 10

Report @rovingjayb for SPAM

What should you do if somebody on Twitter has stolen your identity and is using your Name, Twitter Handle and Bio. Report them as SPAM to Twitter

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Jul 01

Expat Carnival #1: In the Garden

This is the first edition of my Expat Blog Carnival. This is a collection of all the best Expat blog content on the web. This edition has a theme of flora and fauna…

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Jun 30

I should have listened to Jamie Oliver

What should you do when you go to all the effort of making your own Chutney … but it’s just way too spicy to eat?

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Jun 15

Mobile Flower Truck

If you’re on the Westside of LA, look out for the Mobile Flower Truck. This converted ice cream van sells flowers to passers by, and can be hired out for private events. Just one of the many Mobile Retailers operating in SoCal

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May 31

Yalla Yalla Pop Up, London

Beirut Street Food Pop Up in the East End on Shoreditch Street Food. This restaurant is a funky location serving fresh Mediterranean food & alcohol.

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Apr 01

Wherever I lay my hat

Wherever I lay my hat I’m from everywhere and nowhere, I don’t call anywhere home. The same year I was born, Marvin Gaye wrote and recorded the song “wherever I lay my hat (that’s my home)” – maybe if hats suited me, I’d feel at home somewhere! Before I became a British expat, I lived in …

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Feb 10

Chasing the Dragon in London

According to visitlondon.com “London’s Chinese New Year celebrations are the largest outside Asia. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people descend on the West End to wish each other “Kung Hei Fat Choi” (or Happy New Year).” London 2013: Year of the Snake So with a write-up like that, I was expecting an epic event!  …

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Jan 18

40 days and 40 Nights

40 days and 40 nights. 40 is a magical biblical number. It is also the same duration as my business trip to London. “A 40-something time period, whether days, months, or years is ALWAYS a period of testing, trial, probation, or chastisement”

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Jan 10

I devoured Jack’s Raw Turkey and it was Bootiful!

How many times have you been with friends, and somebody new has joined the group? Favourite stories are recounted; one’s you’d forgotten about rise to the surface like the cream of the crop; and out of the blue, fresh tales are uncovered.

That’s what it felt like when I was devouring Jack Scott’s latest book “Turkey the Raw Guide”.

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Dec 08

Impressive Cathedral da Se, Scary Location

Religious Focal Point It’s walking distance from Liberdade to the Cathedral da Se.  The great thing about Cathedrals is they make great landmarks.  Sao Paulo is a city full of high rises, and it’s difficult to get your bearings, but a spire is easy to spot – and when there’s two talls ones to head for, …

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Nov 20

Feira da Liberdade, São Paulo

Sunday Sightseeing It’s Sunday, and I keep hearing about the fabulous markets in São Paulo.  I’m tired from my flight, but I’m determined to make the most of my time here.  So after a quick change of clothes, I grab my camera and head out into the great unknown. Little Japan I’ve lost count of the …

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Nov 16

Beating drums on Santa Monica Beach

Walking along Santa Monica Beach, I didn’t expect to see a young boy playing a drum kit, being videotaped by his dad. This post includes my entry for Photo Roulette #50

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Nov 14

Melissa: The Art of Shoes in Brazil

Sao Paulo’s Melissa Galeria merges the retro-futuristic ’60 vibe, with Barbie girl glamour & the convenience of on-line browsing into 1 modern retail experience. If you’re a shoe-girl – this should pique your interest.

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Nov 09

Photo Essay of Istanbul Sights

Istanbul Sights The vivid yellow hue of the zucchini blossoms in my last article, inspired me to create this photo essay.  I was looking through my Istanbul photo collection, and suddenly I started noticing specific colour elements in them. I left those elements in their original colour, and turned everything else to black and white. …

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Oct 28

Stuffed Zucchini/Courgette Blossoms

These bright yellow blossoms may be challenging to prepare but this simple recipe will inspire you to make & serve these at your table

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Oct 22

The Animal Magnetism of Galata Bridge

The Galata Bridge has magical magnetic powers. After spending 5 days in Istanbul, I lost count of the number of times we ended up being drawn towards it.

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Oct 17

São Paulo Phone Booth Street Art

Call parade art installation in Sao Paulo Brazil using Hood Phone Booths as the canvas. My favourite was “Live Connected” by Juarez Fagundes on Avenue Paulista. This has to make you smile!

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Sep 20

My husband has found another

Now – each morning, as the last vestiges of sleep slip from Red’s body he calls to her. He turns his face to mine, and whispers those 3 special little words to me …..

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Aug 09

Perceptions of São Paulo Brazil

Before my 1st business trip to Brazil, I decided to research my destination. Although initial perceptions were about carnivals and jungle, the reality of Sao Paulo turned out to be a little more different.

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Aug 07

BBC’s The Good Life: When did I become Margo Leadbetter?

I yearned for the Good Life, but somehow I’ve morphed into Margo Leadbetter. Shiny car, Corporate Castle. What’s needed is a couple of chickens and a sustainable lifestyle.

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Aug 05

26 feet of Marilyn Monroe

A 26 foot statue of Marilyn Monroe has pride of place in downtown Palm Springs, during the year of the 50th anniversary of her death.

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Jul 15

Crash and Burn for the Write on Project

What comes to mind when you think “crash and burn?” At first, I couldn’t summon up any inspiration for my first narrative piece for the Write On Project, but after googling a couple of inspiration quotes — it struck.

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Jun 21

Suhita the Obsessive Sketcher featured on my Bodrum Guide

Suhita Shirodkar is a self-confessed obsessive sketcher, and she’s graciously allowed me to feature her watercolour over on my Bodrum Peninsula Travel Guide site.

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Apr 10

My Entry for Photo Roulette Round #40

I took this photo in Amsterdam, of course! It’s of the Bike Park near the train station – and there was bikes as far as the eye could see.

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Mar 11

My entry for Photo Roulette Round #38

The theme for Round #38 of Photo Roulette is SUNSHINE. Nomadbiba is hosting this week’s Travel Photo Roulette!  The Travel Photo Roulette was started in November 2010 by Jeremy from LivingTheDream as a way for travel bloggers to showcase their best photography. For each round a new theme is chosen, and independent travel bloggers are asked to submit their photos. …

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Feb 25

Pebble Beach Golf Course and the 17 Mile Drive

This famed circuit in the Monterey bay, is made up of sweeping California Coastline, Pine Forests and more than a golf course of two. The pinnacle of the golf course collection is Pebble Beach, and although Red’s knee injury has thwarted his golf game – he still has enough game to swing a putter.

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Jan 11

Birthing Season for Elephant Seals at San Simeon California

December to March is a mesmerizing opportunity to observe this rookery of Elephant Seals giving birth to a new generations of pups.

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