Expat Life

Since starting Wanderlust and Wet Wipes, people have shown an interest in the person behind the words and my life I am living. I started including posts in my plan all about expat life and some of the things we get up to. My most popular posts are in this category. I wrote one after an encounter with someone who thought I was a “Lady of Leisure“. The other I wrote sometime later after meeting many new expat women and having flashbacks to how it felt when I was the new girl.

There is dark sea from teh middle of the image down. In the bottom right there are waves made by teh boat I am on. The sky above the horizon is a rainbow of pastel pinks, oranges, purples and blues. There are some wispy clouds all across the sky. Some of the light and colours are reflected in teh sea.

I want to say goodbye

One of my favourite movie scenes is the one at the beginning of Love Actually where Hugh Grant is narrating as the camera pans around the arrivals hall at Heathrow Airport. The scene is of people hugging as arriving passengers come through the doors and spot the people waiting for them. While his message was […] Read more…

The top of the image is fringed with the silhouette of palm leaves from an over hanging tree. On the horizon is the silhouette of high rise buildings separated from the tiny stretch of sand at teh bottom of the image by a still expanse of water. The water is like liquid mercury and reflects the darkening sky and the sunset on the left of the buildings. there are a few whiny shadowy clouds above the horizon and some thicker ones to the left of the image.

One foot in front of the other

When I was little we used to go for PAWs. Perfectly Awful Walks They probably weren’t that long, or maybe they were for little legs and adult ears listening to aforementioned little legs whining. I’m sure not all of them lasted half the day and involved lots of hills and bucketloads of torrential rain but […] Read more…

Qatar One Year On - Doha skyline at dust with a dhow boat in the aqua waters on the right

Qatar – one year on

It has been 365 days. 365 days since we got on a plane with many (many, many) suitcases. 365 days since we left our lives in Qatar to start a new life in Singapore. And, serendipitously, today is Eid, a time when celebrations would have been all over the city (pre-COVID, of course). It seemed […] Read more…

It Takes A Tribe - the sky is blue with lots of clouds. 2 red arrows planes have drawn a heart in white smoke trails

It takes a village

Disclaimer: I had to think hard about posting this piece. I know that I am one of the lucky ones. I have a roof over my head and food to eat. I have the luxury of self-isolating in a nice place with my husband and kids and somehow, emotionally and mentally, this has not taken […] Read more…

Is Summer Cancelled?

Is summer cancelled?

Silently, Mr. Wanderlust handed me his phone. I had been up early to make the most of a quiet house and I was still dazed from not enough coffee and being in the writing zone. For months, there has been a last tiny glimmer of hope in my heart. One that refused to be extinguished […] Read more…

Hitting The Wall - the photo is of Thin1 1 in a grey t-shirt and blue shorts on following Things 2 along the peak of a red sand dune. To the right, at the bottom of the dune is the salt pan of Dead Vlei and you can see the dead trees as tiny specks.

Hitting the wall

A friend from Doha used the phrase hitting the wall this week and it really resonated with me. I feel like a lot of us hit a wall this week and may well do so more times before all this is over. It’s been a tough old week all round. Lots of extensions on lockdown […] Read more…

Expat emergency planning

In this new age of Covid-19, there’s been a whole lot of chatter in expat groups about expat emergency planning, response and preparedness. People have been taken by surprise by the reality of living abroad, being far away from their home cultures and families as well as the reality of living under regimes that aren’t […] Read more…

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