Expats

Moving to Hong Kong: Lost in the Red Light District

Evie Burrows-Taylor | Posted 24.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Evie Burrows-Taylor

With space finite and demand for it high, the city's towers are not only for banks and flats, but often host a hotchpotch of tailors, jewellers and iron mongers living harmoniously side by side. As the number of red lanterns decorating the city increased in anticipation of Chinese New Year, the possibilities for urban exploration seemed endless.

Moving to Hong Kong: Jet Lag, Duck Tongue and the Great Outdoors

Evie Burrows-Taylor | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Evie Burrows-Taylor

Moving abroad can be stressful, that much is obvious, but when you're about to leave home some arrangements come more naturally than others. While I managed to hold a leaving party before moving to Hong Kong, some things, such as organising the shipment of important possessions, fell by the wayside. Oh well - who needs a change of clothes anyway?

Why Do So Many Australians Move to London?

Emily Verdouw | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emily Verdouw

It's Australia Day this weekend. And some of the biggest gatherings of antipodeans will be happening right here in London. It's become a second home to many young Aussies. But why? How can we declare our love, when we proudly declare that our lifestyle of balmy weather and beaches is to be envied by London Brits who covet grey skies and enduring winters? 

How to be German (a Very British Point of View)

Sandhya Matthes | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sandhya Matthes

Think about everything you ever learned about queueing - from early memories at theme parks where kids who queue-jump get escorted in shame by staff to the back of the line, to the sniggers and muttered words directed at adults who attempt to cut a queue - and forget it all.

The 5 Best Superbowl Foods

Liv Sibony | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Liv Sibony

So there we all were, tucking in to a delicious roast beef, enjoying our Sunday lunch, discussing the terrible weather with my American friends. And as they started talking about American Football I went and spoiled it all by asking something stupid like "so what's your favourite Superbowl food? Is there a top 5?"

The Expat Credentials

April Salchert | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
April Salchert

Many expats don't return home, but this is not necessarily due to perpetual wanderlust or adventure-seeking. Residing abroad can also be motivated by a particular fear. This fear is not politically, culturally, or emotionally rooted. It is a fear of what our expat lives have done to our resumes.

The Government Must Do the Right Thing - Unfreeze Pensions and Give Foreign-Based British Nationals the Income They So Rightly Deserve

John Markham | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK Politics
John Markham

After a lifetime of working in Britain, paying taxes and mandatory National Insurance contributions, many pensioners wish to spend their retirement overseas, often joining family, or returning to their country of origin. On the face of it this is a fair wish for those who have contributed to the economy for so long.

The Emotional Challenge of Expat Life

Karin Sieger | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

Often the issues of identity and loss become key, especially if expats frequently relocate to different countries and settings: Who am I? Where is home? How do others perceive me? Do I want to fit it, and how can I do that, without losing aspects of my identity, which are important to me?

Going to School in Spain - What's It Really Like?

Kate Gunn | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Kate Gunn

Just 5 weeks ago I wrote about how hard it was to watch them struggling each day. Since then they have moved with unexpected ease from a 9 - 1.30pm day (summer hours) to a 9 - 4.30pm day. Even the 5 year old who had only ever been to playschool in Ireland until 12.30 has been thrown in the deep end. But they have coped admirably.

From London to Amsterdam's Underground Scene

Luke Hodson | Posted 08.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Luke Hodson

Ahead of 'The Amsterdam Trip' here at Urban Nerds spent some valuable time to interview a young artist who has made his trip to Amsterdam permanent. We took the time to understand the transition, discover the culture and unfold influences behind Joe's art.

Reality Check: Life in Brazil Through the Eyes of a Foreigner

Mark Hillary | Posted 19.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Hillary

I really wanted to capture what daily life is like for a foreigner based in Brazil. What is different about this enormous nation compared to living in many other places or even back in the UK? What is important to know before you make the decision to move here?

Independence Day and the Pursuit of Life, Liberty and Happiness

Ambi Sitham | Posted 02.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ambi Sitham

This Independence Day when all those around me will be raising their beers celebrating the separation of America from Great Britain I will be raising a mug of good ole PG tips in honour of both glorious Great Britain, my former homeland, and America - my new home.

Should Expats In Spain Get The Winter Fuel Allowance?

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 26.06.2013 | UK Politics

Expats living in Spain have cried foul after George Osborne announced he was cutting their winter fuel allowances. In his spending review, the Chan...

Postnatal Cravings in Singapore

Priyam Sharma | Posted 17.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Priyam Sharma

Exhausted, time-poor new mothers relish the beautifully packaged bundles of nutritious goodness carefully crafted by clinical experts, together with advice from their Chinese Physician at Thomson Chinese Medicine. The 28-day menu is catered to mothers who have more discerning palates, whilst maintaining the nutritional aspects of the herbs used in preparing the meals.

How to Blend in as a Foreigner

Laura Bui | Posted 07.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Bui

The issues my parents faced living in a foreign land never truly dawned on me until I began living abroad alone, and that "dawning" was only a superficial realisation. Growing up, I found my parents uncouth and I was annoyed by the seemingly unending confusion and embarrassment they bestowed upon me: why did they have to speak Vietnamese so loudly in public?

The Anxiety of North Korea's Threats: An Expat's Perspective

April Salchert | Posted 12.05.2013 | UK
April Salchert

As an expat living in South Korea, the North Korean threat is always present. I would be stupid not to take notice. Lately, the threats have been more jarring than in years past. However, like many Koreans, most of the expat community shrugs it off, likening the threats to whining from a petulant child.

Stupid Reasons to Love the UK

Corinne Purtill | Posted 09.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Corinne Purtill

When you're living in a strange place, it's all too easy to focus on what's missing and what's wrong. That's particularly true at this time of year, when the holidays are close and family feels far and the weather turns icy and it's pitch black at 4 p.m. like the place is run by goddam vampires.

Leave My Pants Alone: An Expat Fights the Creep of British Slang

Corinne Purtill | Posted 02.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Corinne Purtill

Language evolves. I get that. But it was jarring to arrive in London from New York and hear the degree to which so many American expatriates allow the slang of our host country to colonize their speech.

For a Family Abroad, a Thanksgiving Journey

Corinne Purtill | Posted 21.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Corinne Purtill

It's late Tuesday night after work and I'm elbow-deep in a bowl of pumpkin batter for my daughter's London preschool class. The children are encouraged to share with the class their Special Cultural Traditions. This week is Thanksgiving.

For American Expats, the US Election Is Especially Nerve-wracking

Jennifer Howze | Posted 05.01.2013 | UK Politics
Jennifer Howze

Living in the UK, I'm more aware of what's happening in politics from Saudi Arabia to Russia, from Japan to France. Perhaps that's why I'm so fretful about what will happen if Mitt Romney is elected today. I see the attitudes espoused by him and Paul Ryan and wonder what the hell happened over there, that this team - with their retro view of America uber alles and scarily dismissive view of women's autonomy - are seen as the kind of people Americans want in charge.

Gardener Charged With Murder Of British Woman Patricia Wilson In France

PA | Posted 27.08.2012 | UK

A gardener has been charged with murder after a British woman vanished from her home in south west France, according to reports. Patricia Wilson, 5...

Dispatches from London - A New Yorker's Recollections of September 11, 2011

Ijeoma E. Okoli | Posted 07.11.2011 | UK
Ijeoma E. Okoli

I am a New Yorker, but I was not there. I was not there when the planes hit. I was not there when the fires burned like Armageddon in my beloved cit...