Category: Expat Life

Semana Santa in Antigua, Guatemala

Wow, can you guys believe I’ve been living in Antigua for a whole year already? When I think about the day that I arrived and immediately fell in love it feels like it was yesterday! Every year during Holy Week and the other weeks leading up to Easter, hundreds of thousands of people descend on Antigua […]

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5 Signs the Expat Life Could be for you

Welcome to my new “Life as an Expat” series. Recently I’ve had a ton of questions about living as an expat, so in the next few blog posts I aim to answer them, and share a little about how I make my life as a perpetual expat work. Here are 5 signs the expat life could […]

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Where to get a Wax in Beijing

This post is for the ladies, although I’m sure some of my male readers are also interested in taking care of their er….excess body hair as well. Waxing is definitely not a big thing in China, in fact most Chinese girls haven’t begun shaving their legs, which definitely made me feel better in winter when I’d […]

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How NOT to Find a Job Teaching English In China (Part 4)

This is part four of a four-part series about my experience finding a job and teaching English in China. To get the full story you should start at part one. I’m also planning a post titled “How to Find a Job Teaching English in China”, which will include advice on visas, agents, pay rates, and insurance. Looking […]

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You Know you Live in Beijing When…

This is a tongue-in-cheek post about what it’s like to live in Beijing. Some of my friends were nice enough to offer some thoughts about their time living here as well.   You Know you Live in Beijing When: You’ve accidentally peed on yourself while using a squat toilet. You’re completely used to people staring […]

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How NOT to Find a Job Teaching English in China (Part 2)

This is part two of a four-part series about my experience finding a job, and teaching English in China. For part one click here.   Surprisingly, I slept like a baby, and was woken by the putrid smell of the mattress, where my face was squished and my mouth wide open. I braved the shower and […]

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How NOT to Find a Job Teaching English In China (Part One)

As most people know, my time in China has been a complete rollercoaster. I’ve decided to write about my experience finding a job here, so that anyone thinking about teaching English in China can learn what not to do. However if I wrote one post about my experience it would be well over 2000 words long, so I’ll be splitting […]

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Weird Things in China: Sleeping in Public

If there’s one thing I admire about the Chinese, it’s their ability to fall asleep anywhere. As a self-confessed “princess” when it comes to sleep, I’m continually amazed at how the Chinese can catch a few zzzz’s when ever they feel like it. I can’t sleep in planes, trains, or cars. I usually sleep sprawled on my […]

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Weird things in China: Staring at Foreigners

Why hello there! Yes it has been some time since my last post. China is still kicking my ass daily, but for now I’d like to talk about something else. Welcome to my new blog series. “Weird things in China”. Here I’ll discuss all the weird and wonderful things I experience as I live in […]

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5 Chinese New Year Resolutions for my New Life in China

It’s now less than two weeks until I pack up my apartment and move to Beijing!  And considering it was Chinese New Year last night, I decided I need some resolutions for this year. I’m not entirely sure if the Chinese actually do the whole resolution thing, but I guess I’ll discover that when I […]

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Australia You’re Turning me into a Wimp.

I’ve got a bone to pick with you Australia. I always thought I was pretty tough. I never really pictured myself as one of those girly girls who froze in fear at the mere mention of a spider or a snake. Here’s the thing though Australia; you’re turning me into a wimp. When I look back, the reason […]

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A Kiwi in the United States- Lessons I learned in America

While living as a kiwi in the United States, I’ve learned a lot about myself that I didn’t expect. Here are just a few of the things I’ve learned:   I can stand up for myself Living in American has made me way more assertive. Kiwis are pretty laid back, and we don’t usually make a fuss if […]

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My thoughts on the Homeless in America

Six months ago I went out to eat with a friend in the Gaslamp District in San Diego. I’d been here for a year so we were celebrating with some wine and a nice dinner. We were sitting at a table outside people watching as we waited for our food. A few minutes later, a homeless black […]

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The Curse of the American Soccer Mom

Au Pairs have to deal with a lot of crap. Soccer moms fall into this category. We don’t really have these in New Zealand, at least nowhere near as bad as I’ve seen here, but we’re also starting to see these moms who are raising wimpy, bratty kids, who will eventually be wimpy, bratty adults. Because […]

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Getting fat in America

When I was here the first time (in 2007) I was eighteen and I gained over ten pounds (around 6 kg) in four months. I worked at a summer camp for two months and the food there was even worse than most American food, with lots of sloppy joe’s and sugar.  When I got home my mum was shocked, both at […]

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Driving in the United States

It’s hard to get used to driving in a different country, so here is some information about driving in the United States. One thing I love about driving in America is the “turn right on red” rule. Basically if you’re waiting at a red light and no cars are coming you can turn right as long as you […]

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