Single Abroad: I Don't Want to Be Your Fantasy Tour Guide

Is the ex-pat's life ideal? Italy is beautiful but the men aren't really cutting it. They're too aggressive and have a generic idea of romance. And the foreigners aren't much better -- all they want is a no-strings, no-pressure fantasy tour guide who'll show them the ruins in eight-inch heels, engage them in witty conversation and generally tend to their entertainment. It's enough to make you want to give up on dating altogether! ...more

Two-Fer

Flying between Australia and the USA is a pain in the butt for me. Actually, it's really not that difficult but when I overthink it, it becomes a pain in the butt - or bum. I am a dual citizen. Yes, I was lucky enough to keep my Australian citizenship when I became an American which is something I feel very privileged about. I love both countries equally, both cultures equally and both countries people equally....more

Camping culture shock: England vs. Canada

I’ll admit I was expecting some trees. Camping would be the perfect break from the cacophony of London, I needed – respite from the queues, the cost and the constant threat of pickpockets and train delays.For the peace of the countryside, I was willing to incur a few itchy welts and fall slack with my hygiene. From my tent in the shadow of the trees, I would mistake the sound of the wind for traffic, and the buzz of mosquitoes for shit electronica reverberating through from the neighbour's flat. But then I would awake to my refreshing new reality in the countryside. And I would take a long, deep breath of clean country air and smile contentedly – completely relaxed and rejuvenated. There would be little to do, other than play cards in the dancing orange light around the campfire, and perhaps cool our beer in the frigid North Atlantic sand.I had no idea what I was in for, but driving through a military weapons test site on the way to the campground was the first sign I wasn’t going to get the peace I’d been expecting....more

An American Boomer in Yorkshire

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Missing You Already

A cruel experiment into the effects of metropolitan withdrawal on a city girl. This is France! Where are all the Pret A Mangers? All I see are sheep... http://www.missingualready.blogspot.com/ ...more