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A Little Bit of What You Love

I’ve had a few discussions recently about what makes people tick. Conversations about what relaxes them and what makes them happy. Chats about what they would have done if money was no object. Or about before there were kids and mortgages and university educations to think about.

There seems to be a growing focus these days on doing something just for you. Lately I have found it harder and harder to find time for “me time” but everyone seems to agree that it is really important to keep some aside to do a little bit of what you love.

What Do I Love?

I thought and thought after these conversations. What is a little bit of what I love? Mr Wanderlust loves to play golf although lamentably for him he doesn’t get to play that much any more. I can’t stand golf (sorry golfers) so that’s not for me.

Thing 1 is showing a love for golf much like Mr Wanderlust
Thing 1 is showing a love for golf much like Mr Wanderlust

Some people go camping or paddle boarding. Some knit or do crochet or make jewellery (in fact I used to be the jewellery person). Other people go off to the spa for a massage or a facial which I must admit I LOVE but that it seems just a bit too extravagant to do every week or even every month. So I figure that’s not my thing either.

Are Friends My Me Time?

I do love to be around people who lift me up.

My Breakfast Club friends are my Therapy and I couldn’t live without our regular catch-ups.

Therapy friends
Therapy friends

I’m LOVING my weekly blogging date with Laura from Life With Baby Kicks and I won’t book ANYTHING on a Wednesday now. I’d rather have a tooth pulled out than miss one of our sessions and I’m dreading our 4 week break over Christmas. I’m connecting with more bloggers around the globe who understand this new world I inhabit. Once a month I really enjoy going to networking sessions for a professional women’s group that I volunteer with.

Networking with like-minded people is a MUST!
Networking with like-minded people is a MUST!

My friends at home who are all part of various WhatsApp groups now usually text me while I’m asleep so I wake up to eleventy million messages which are me giggle. They also make me late for the school run but are totally worth it!

Three of my most favourite things with three of my most favourite people: A cup of tea with Granny Wanderlust is one of my most favourite things to do. A chat with my Bestie Wanderlust in person or on video chat is like chicken soup for my soul. Last but not least, date night with Mr Wanderlust will never fail to make me happy.

We make time for date night even on holiday!
We make time for date night even on holiday!

Go Back To Your Roots

While friends and family are absolutely one of my most favourite things and I couldn’t function without the energy that they give me, I felt I needed a some THING not a some ONE. A thing that didn’t matter if it was in a bad mood or on good form. Or if I hadn’t texted for ages or was feeling like a bad friend. Or if that person was miles and miles away on the other side of the world and asleep at the precise moment that I needed a chat.

I knew it was there somewhere but just couldn’t put my finger on it. It was only last week that I really realised the thing that lights me up above all else.

My Spanish

You may know that I am fluent in Spanish. I studied it at school before going to Ecuador to volunteer for 6 months and then traveling for 3.

A life-changing trip with my gap year friend Katherine who I am still in touch with
A life-changing trip with my gap year friend Katherine who I am still in touch with

You might not know that those 6 months were the most influential of my entire life and they deserve several blog posts all of their own. I wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for those 6 months. I wouldn’t have made the friends I had. I wouldn’t have found my first job. I wouldn’t have met Mr Wanderlust. I wouldn’t have become obsessed with Latin pop music to the point of fatigue for all my friends and family. (I know my 4th year housemates still remember Tabaco y Chanel which I played AD NAUSEUM).

Those of you who follow me on Instagram might have seen my growing levels of excitement about Luis Fonsi coming to town last week.

Despacito Live did NOT live up to expectations
Despacito Live did NOT live up to expectations

You’ll also, then, have seen the disappointment when the night I was expecting of full on Latin tunes and dancing were replaced with 5 Luis Fonsi sings (admittedly sung by him… maybe or maybe not lip-synched).

It was so disappointing. But it was also a bit of an ah-ha moment.

Taking Me Back

I realised that wherever we go, I seek out other Spanish speakers. I intentionally found a Bolivian nanny for Thing 1 when we were in the UK.

Time with our lovely nanny Sarah and her daughter is precious!
Time with our lovely nanny Sarah and her daughter is precious!

I try to speak Spanish with the Things whenever I can. I listen to Latin songs in the car and make sure I stay in contact with the incredible people who shaped my life the 2 times that I lived in Quito.

I realised that of all the times in my life, living there was where I felt happiest and most like myself. (Admittedly I intentionally lived life there as if I wasn’t there forever… which I wasn’t). When I speak Spanish or hear Latin music, I’m instantly transported back to that time. When I chat to my old friends there, its like I saw them a few months ago. It’s actually been 17 years since I was there. It makes me forget that I always assumed I would go back there to live and didn’t.

My amazing Ecuadorian "family"
My amazing Ecuadorian “family”

A Little Bit of What You Love

Don’t get me wrong, I love my life and I wouldn’t have it any other way. But realising that I still have this thing that can make me as happy as I was once then made me realise how much I love that part of me and my life.

I’m not one to make lots of New Year’s Resolutions but I can see that this time might be a bit different as I’ll be trying to incorporate it a bit more into my life next year. As important as all the other plans I have for next year are, I’m definitely recognising the case for doing a little bit of what you love.

Some Thing-free time

5 Ways Expats Do Christmas

When you live far away from home, the question always comes up at holiday time. What are you doing for Christmas? Are you going home? I guess probably the majority of us go home but its not always a given, certainly not for Mr Wanderlust and I. So it got me thinking… What are the 5 ways expats do Christmas?

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We love a place with a pool!

7 Crucial Considerations for Booking A Hotel

Following on from my post debating villas vs hotels, I thought about the main things we look at when we book a resort to ensure we have the best chances of a successful holiday. Here are 7 crucial considerations for booking a hotel:

1. Does it have a kids club and good amenities?

I’ll start this by saying it doesn’t matter if your Things want to go to Kids Club all day every day or if you want them to hang out with you the whole time. There are so many benefits to having a good Kids Club!

Depending on the holiday, the existence of amenities could be a deal breaker. When we go to Jordan I’m not so worried. We have lots of activities to do while we’re there and have 3 adults to entertain 2 Things to makes life easier. In resort-y type destinations (like the Maldives or Thailand) they add a welcome dynamic to the holiday.

Kids club at the Westin in Nusa Dua even had bikes to borrow!
Kids club at the Westin in Nusa Dua even had bikes to borrow!

Why do we love Kids Club?

  • Firstly, it proves that Things are welcome in the resort. You’re more likely to find Thing-friendly amenities such as kids menus, travel cots, high chairs and Thing-friendly staff.
  • If you go in peak season it’s likely that there will be other Things around for your Things to play with. If our Things are on their own then they will get bored pretty quickly. Add friends to the mix (new or old) and they can entertain themselves for hours.
  • Then there are the activities. There are a range of options to keep Things occupied depending on the club. It could be group activities or a chance to pop in and do some colouring to get out of the heat of the day. Having sandcastle building next to the beach bar in Kurumba (Maldives) was nothing short of inspired. Mini golf in Nusa Dua (Bali) was a huge highlight and had the Things begging to go back every day.

2. Location, Location, Location

What are your plans for the holiday and how does the hotel fit in with them? The deal we got in Phuket was amazing but did mean we compromised and didn’t stay right on the beach. It wasn’t ideal but it didn’t matter THAT much. In Kerala it meant we spent several extra hours driving between tourist locations. And it did matter THAT much.

The distance from our hotel in Phuket to the beach wasn't ideal
The distance from our hotel in Phuket to the beach wasn’t ideal

In Italy we had 2 villa style holidays where we weren’t too bothered if we left the villa all day or not. When we did leave it was to pootle down to the local village or beach. In Lake Como we were out and about every day and wanted to be in a central location. In Bali and Phuket we wanted to be sure we were away from the party crazy young tourists. It’s pretty depressing listening to a load of party animals drinking the night away and reminding you that, not only are you too old for that anymore, but also you have to be up with the Things in 5 hours.

In some places you just don't need to leave the villa!
In some places you just don’t need to leave the villa!

3. Reviews

Always check reviews (not just ratings). Take them with a pinch of salt as you usually only get bad reviews. (Although I will occasionally post  great review on Trip Advisor for exceptional service). But always check them.

Look for consistency in complaints and look for the topics. 1 bad meal is pretty different to finding cockroaches in the swimming pool or having a dirty bedroom. On-going loud construction work could be the difference between you booking or not booking. On the other hand, complaints from kid-free couples that the place was overrun with Things probably won’t bother you as much.

Look for how the hotel or booking agent has responded. Watch out for a co-incidental rave review a few days later from an anonymous user. Consider how long ago the reviews were made: Reviews from 5 years ago could be showing a totally different scene today.

4. Extenuating Circumstances

While we are talking about construction… You can often get heavy discounts from hotels that are refurbishing or extending their premises. We’ve experienced this a couple of times and in neither case did I feel the disruption was unbearable (although in the Maldives it had a really disappointing impact on the views). We were never disturbed by the noise which was the main thing for me.

The building work at the Sheraton Maldives spoilt the view a bit but not the overall experience
The building work at the Sheraton Maldives spoilt the view a bit but not the overall experience

I’d recommend checking out what work is being done, the hours that work will be done in and where the work is in relation to the rest of the hotel (and, more specifically, your room).

5. Hidden Costs

Have you got a room only rate? Did it include taxes?

What are your eating options? In resort-y areas you may well find yourself eating in the hotel restaurants so find out what they are. For us there is little more boring than eating in the same restaurant for every meal. Do you want to taste the local cuisine? Where is the hotel located in relation to the nearest town or village?

Lunching in or lunching out? Location matters.
Lunching in or lunching out? Location matters.

How much are the drinks? Lots of hotels will charge $10 for an apple juice or a coke. That’s a lot of money if there are 4 of you having even 1-2 non-water drinks each per day. Can you drink the tap water and, if not, is bottled water available free of charge?

The most expensive apple juice our Things have ever had!
The most expensive apple juice our Things have ever had!

6. Room Options / Layouts

First of all you need to consider where you’re all going to sleep.

Are you asking for inter-connecting rooms? In most hotels this is a request only and NOT a guarantee (we found this out to our cost in Res Al Khaima). In some cases you might find instead of getting 2 rooms that a suite will do just as well. It will probably also be cheaper! In Muscat we found this was a great option with a huge living area and a large bathroom that could fit a travel cot in. If you are all sharing a regular room, is there a balcony or patio? You need somewhere you can go while you wait for the Things to go to sleep or read books during nap times.

Adjoining rooms or suites are the best options if you can get them
Adjoining rooms or suites are the best options if you can get them

Then there is the issue of privacy. If your Things are going through a tough time with tantrums, you might not want to be in a hotel block. The same goes for if they are prone to waking and crying all night and you are likely to get stressed out at the thought of waking up your neighbours.

7. Restaurant Schedules and Options

Now you would think that a resort with a Kids Club and Thing friendly menu options would also have Thing friendly eating times.

Our first proper holiday with the Things in Gran Canaria involved an all-inclusive resort that offered lunch in the middle of nap time and a dinner service that started after our Things usually went to bed. Given our Things were particularly susceptible to late nights (for some reason they wake up at the same time regardless of the time they go to sleep), this was less than ideal.

In Ras Al Khaimah we had to have a table set up for us especially so we could dine early!
In Ras Al Khaimah we had to have a table set up for us especially so we could dine early!

Nowadays I would probably go with the flow a bit more but at the time it stressed me out a bit.

I do hope you find this sort of post useful, Wanderluster’s!  Do you have any suggestions that you would add to this list?

2 Totally Different Ways To Do An Awesome Brunch In Doha

Talk about an expat wife and you think of a gin-swilling platinum blonde who probably plays tennis every morning before lunching with her 3 closest friends (dah-ling) and drifting off to buy some designer clothes.

I’m exaggerating and you know it because you know my feelings about stereotypes particularly when it comes to ones about expat wives. But then I go and do something like have 2 brunches in 2 days and I start to feel a bit sheepish about being so defensive haha.

Me and my friend Laura at a brunch in Doha
Me and my friend Laura (Life With Baby Kicks) at a brunch in Doha

Brunch in the Middle East

Now it’s not just expat wives who are lushies when you’re in the Middle East, I think most expats here (at least the ones who drink) are pretty renowned for overindulging from time to time thanks to the brunch concept. Brunches in Dubai have to be the most infamous in the region with the ridiculous indulgence at the likes of Bubbalicious, Yalumba, Saffron, Al Qasr or Sky Dubai.

Brunch in Doha

Doha is definitely a less renowned affair all round and brunch is no exception. But just because the brunches aren’t as well-known, it’s not to say they aren’t amazing in their own right. The hotels in restaurants in Doha have had to cater to a very diverse market here with the footloose and fancy free still demanding a good time but the family element of the expats here meaning parents are looking for something else too.

My Things and a friend at a kid-friendly brunch last year
My Things and a friend at a kid-friendly brunch last year

So Where Did I Go?

I don’t want to bore you with a list of all the brunches in Doha especially since it would be out-of-date. Suffice to say there are many. They are on Thursdays nights and Friday afternoons AND Saturday afternoons. Don’t get me started on what the definition of brunch is because it really should be over and done with by 12.30pm but that’s another blog post rant.

A girlfriend had a big birthday coming up. She decided she would like a party at Nobu to celebrate so the planning began with 30 people RSVPing and a couple of Type A party planners as friends. I was pretty excited. I’d only been once before and it had been our first ever brunch. I had memories of eating my body weight in sushi, an a la carte menu of Nobu’s signature dishes (so hard to choose just one) and the world’s most delicious cocktails.

Stunning Nobu! (table decorations supplied by friends)
Stunning Nobu! (table decorations supplied by friends)

Why 2 Brunches?!

In the lead up to the event a text came through from another friend (the super positive one). She wanted to know if we’d be interested in going to the brand new Saturday Doha Golf Club Picnic Brunch by InterContinental Doha Hotel & Residences. Mr Wanderlust was travelling, due back at 5am on the morning of the Nobu brunch. Were we interested? I asked. Definitely! He replied. Even though you’ll have just arrived off an overnight flight and been to Nobu the day before? I wanted to be sure he understood the dates in his jet-lagged haze. Even then. Came the reply.

Fun in the sun at Doha Golf Club
Fun in the sun at Doha Golf Club

I should never have doubted his desire to be at the golf club even if he wasn’t there to hit balls. Shame Thing 2 ended up getting ill and he had to stay at home with her. (There’s irony in there somewhere!)

So here I was about to have 2 brunches at complete opposite ends of the spectrum and I thought it would be fun to compare them!

The Food

Nobu

I feel like Nobu’s name goes before it, conjuring up images of exquisite Japanese food.

The brunch lived up to its name and to my memories. We enjoyed sushi, maki and sashimi starters from a buffet as well as a selection of plates brought to us.

A big plate of heaven
A big plate of heaven

The a la carte main courses were, almost all completely well executed (the wagyu gyoza was deemed too different for a palette accustomed to raw fish and cocktails). The rock shrimp salad (ever my favourite) was as delicious as ever and the black miso cod looked incredible. The guy opposite me had steak which was also amazing.

Rock shrimp salad - one of the best things on the menu
Rock shrimp salad – one of the best things on the menu

I’d love to tell you more about the desserts but (and this is why I’ll never be a good foodie), I was too full to eat anything but one of the small chocolates on the dish I had ordered (it was delicious).

Assorted Chocolate Miniatures
Assorted Chocolate Miniatures

Doha Golf Club Picnic Brunch

Almost as soon as we arrived, a beautiful picnic basket tied with a bow was delivered to our table.

Picnic time!
Picnic time!

It was so exciting to open it revealing sandwiches, hummus, salad, biscuits, marshmallows, sparkling grape juice and so much more.

So many goodies
So many goodies

One of the servers explained about the food stations under the main gazebo and I set off to explore. Thing 1 by this point (Things 2 was sadly at home with Mr Wanderlust – oh the irony) had completely disappeared into one of the inflatable games.

I'm pretty sure Thing 1 spent about 2 hours in here
I’m pretty sure Thing 1 spent about 2 hours in here

Out of the options available (Mexican, Grilled Meats, Pasta, Asian Stir Fry and Shawarma) I decided to start with a couple of quesadillas and some shredded chicken. They were ostensibly for Thing 1 but when he failed to materialise I ate the lot. They were delicious! He proceeded to eat around 2 chicken nuggets the entire time we were there as he was so busy playing!

Super delicious pasta
Super delicious pasta

We were very pleased with the rest of the food – the grilled prawns and steaks were delicious and one of our group had some pasta which looked and smelled divine. He reported that it was, as was the cheeseburger that someone else had ordered.

Dessert was a simple affair with a platter of fruit and another of small cakes and mini desserts – both were also delicious.

Fresh fruit platter
Fresh fruit platter

The Atmosphere

Nobu

I mean, Nobu has a je ne sais quoi about it from the moment you walk in the door. It really is a beautiful restaurant and honestly I think it’s at its best during the day. It is super bright and airy with stunning views of the bay.

West Bay views
West Bay views

Both times we have been to brunch in Nobu we have been with a really fun crowd of people which has totally made the experience. I think you could be in the most fabulous place in the world but if you’re with bad company you’ll have a bad time. And vice versa. But Nobu makes it pretty easy to have a great time!

The girls!
The girls!

Intercontinental Picnic Brunch

The set up at the Golf Club was really lovely. Picnic tables with (optional) sunshades sat next to a large shaded area where all the food stations were.

Superb attention to detail
Superb attention to detail

The picnic tables were set out with retro checked tablecloths and multicoloured glasses. It was pretty striking as you walked in. Around the edge were various drinks stations and some inflatables for Things to play on. It was such a relaxed atmosphere for the whole afternoon. We sat in the sun (and some wind but it actually wasn’t that bad) and chatted away while Thing 1 played with his friends.

Brunch with friends is the BEST!
Brunch with friends is the BEST!

The Service

Nobu

The guys at Nobu and the Four Seasons Doha really have service nailed. I happen to know a couple of people who work there and when they ask me how something has gone I always tell them it was amazing. As normal!

Since we were an enormous group (27 people!), I should imagine we took a bit of handling. We didn’t even sit down for 20 minutes as we were all too busy chatting but the staff took it all in their stride. I wasn’t without a drink or water the entire time we were there. Plates were cleared within minutes of finishing to make way for yet more sumptuous food. I never felt rushed or that I was looking around to get someone’s attention. Basically they got it just right. (Seriously, I think I’m goldilocks).

Half the Nobu group - I'm sure we were model customers....
Half the Nobu group – I’m sure we were model customers….

Intercontinental Picnic Brunch

The wait staff at the Golf Club were very attentive and we rarely had to look around for long to find someone. Because the food was made to order at the cooking stations we did find that this was a little bit slow as there weren’t enough chefs on hand to cook at the peak times.

Busy chefs!
Busy chefs!

This was only the second week of picnic brunch running and they made a point of coming to us and asking for feedback. They explained that the week before the opposite had happened and that they were very grateful for our feedback. I would be surprised if this was a problem even next week as they seemed genuinely interested in what we had to say and it seemed like they were taking it all on board.

The Cost

Nobu is up there among the most expensive brunches in Doha at QR 510 including alcoholic beverages and QR 355 excluding them. I would argue that the additional money that you pay is worth it for the quality of food and service.

The Doha Golf Club Picnic Brunch by InterContinental Doha Hotel & Residences is at the complete opposite end of the spectrum. At QR 185 per adult (children under 6 are free of charge) it is great value for money. We spent the entire afternoon there, the Things had an absolute blast and the food was really great quality.

Stunning sunset over the kids area
Stunning sunset over the kids area

The Verdict

There are so many great places to have brunch in Doha and there really is something for everyone. Looking for something Nobu and Doha Golf Club Picnic Brunch by InterContinental Doha Hotel & Residences are definitely 2 of my favourites. A good brunch needs to be great quality (food and service) and good value regardless of the actual cost and these have both those elements.

The final touch? Awesome company!

One of my Doha besties xx
One of my Doha besties xx

Disclaimer: we were guests at the Doha Golf Club Picnic Brunch, all opinions are my own. Want to know more? Check out the small print

 

Renovation Bay-Bee

The Maldives With Family

Travel Addicts

You can’t have a travel blog without being a self-confessed travel addict. It will be no surprise, then, that faced with the Things having 3 days off school for half term… We decided to take a trip. I mean to be fair, if in doubt, we will always, ALWAYS take the trip. So why did we decide to do the Maldives with family? Read more

Beautiful sunsets from beautiful beaches

Phuket With Kids

After moving to the Middle East we had an awesome but VERY tranquil holiday in the Maldives. Then we had a very hectic and a bit stressful holiday in India. THEN we had a shocker in Muscat over a long weekend. So why did we decide to do Phuket with kids?

More intelligent people would have got the hint that maybe exciting and challenging holidays were not for us… At least not for a while. But not to be deterred we set about thinking of a new adventure to take the Things on and came up with Thailand! Read more

Our hotel in Ras Al Khaima had 7 swimming pools!

Which is Better – Villa or Hotel?

I’ve had 4 or 5 people message me recently and ask about my thoughts on which is better – villa or hotel?

The short answer is that I don’t really know and I think it depends a lot on you as a family, if you are travelling with other people and where you are going. That being said, the following list might help you when making your decision if you bear the various factors in mind: Read more

Kerala with Kids

I’ve been putting off writing this post for a while. I didn’t really know where to start to be honest! We spent 10 days in Kerala with kids 2 years ago and… (spoiler alert)… It wasn’t a massive success.

Now I know people who went before us and loved it. And I know people who went after us and loved it. To be fair to us, they did NOT go and have the same holiday that we had. Kerala is a beach destination and you can go to Kerala and sit in a resort for a week. I think you know Mr Wanderlust and I well enough by now to know that that is not what we wanted to do! Read more

Explorers

7 Tips to Limiting Weight Gain on Holiday

How easy is it to go on holiday and gain those pounds as you over eat, eat out and maybe have a tipple or 2 (or 3). I’ve definitely had ups and downs weight-wise this year and the holidays have not been kind to my waistline!

Jen from Just Average Jen is quite the inspiration having lost over 10 stone (that’s 140 pounds or 63 kilos if you operate in those metrics) including while she was on holiday. Just check out her phenomenal before and after pictures here:

 

What an inspiration!
What an inspiration!

I’m so thrilled that she agreed to write this guest post for me: 7 Tips to Limiting Weight Gain on Holiday – all about how to make more sensible decisions while you are away. I really love the last tip about how sunscreen can help you lose weight!

So without further ado….here she is:

 

Holidays are all about indulgence aren’t they? Whilst we want to enjoy our holiday though we don’t really want to come home a stone heavier and unable to do up our jeans do we?! Here are my top tips for staying as healthy as you can on holiday!

1. Start the day well

Do you need a fry up every day or could you have some fruit to start the day? Making the choice of fruit will make such a difference and if you are abroad the choice may be different to what you would have at home.

2. Explore new places on holiday

Don’t just stay in the resort when there is so much to see, have a walk to see what is nearby and burn off some calories in the meantime!

Explorers
Explorers

3. Stay hydrated

If you are somewhere hot it is easy to drink more alcohol than you normally would just because you are thirsty, take a bottle of water everywhere with you and stay hydrated.

4. Self catering

If you have a self catering apartment make the meals you eat there fun but healthy, that way you can enjoy your meals out whilst knowing it is a treat and you have been making healthy choices too.

5. Smart Ordering

When you order meals make sure you have vegetables or salad with them. This way you will partly fill up on low calorie items and still enjoy the pizza or kebab you are having!

6. Keep Moving

If you are near the beach or have a pool do plenty of swimming, even if like me you can’t swim just walking around in the water, playing piggy in the middle with a beach ball or similar is great exercise without even realising it!

Always active
Always active

7. Avoid The Burn

Use plenty of sunscreen, whilst this doesn’t sound like something that would stop you gaining too much weight on holiday it will keep you healthy and just think, if you get sun burnt you will feel sorry for yourself if you’re anything like me and then eat more! So in a round-about way it is actually going to help you keep a healthy weight!

Living Proof

Whilst I am no expert by any means I have lost over ten stone by eating healthily and even lost weight on a 2 week holiday to Majorca! My motto is very much that you should enjoy your life and never deprive yourself unnecessarily.

Bikini ready!
Bikini ready!

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My Blog, Just Average Jen, is about my weight loss, my journey trying to stay slim, happy and healthy including my relatable tales of when depression gets in the way and I comfort eat! We are all only human but if we want to be healthy and lose weight then we can.

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Some days are just really really hard

The Expat Wife – a Lady of Leisure?

I’ve read countless Facebook posts recently alongside articles and discussions in expat groups all about the same thing. How are we defining ourselves as Expat Wives or Trailing Spouses or whatever the new term for us is? The discussions include debates on who is really the trailing spouse, different names for “us” and a long diatribe about what we are, aren’t, want to be, could be and should be. The question is.. what is the expat wife – a lady of leisure?

But it was a conversation last week that had me floored:

“So are you working here? Or are you a lady of leisure?” Read more