Writing

So here we are again. Curled up in a blanket late in a September evening – mind wandering, words spilling out of my fingers. There is something (known and well articulated by many better than me) cathartic about writing but I have found my written expression tempered in recent years by a whirling-dervish life. I…

Family and friends

There’s a Maori proverb that goes: ” Ui mai koe ki ahau he aha te mea nui o te ao, Māku e kī atu he tangata, he tangata, he tangata!” Ask me what is the greatest thing in the world, I will reply: It is people, it is people, it is people! I *really* miss my…

The Expat Christmas

I wrote this originally for my sister but have tweaked it a little for a general audience. So you’re not feeling Christmasly festive and it’s all not quite the same as at home? I’ve compiled a 10-point plan of things which I think help to make it more fun during expat Christmases. 1) Decorate everything…