DEW on Clew

Still desperately missing Susan - and the other housewives of Wisteria Lane? Well, there are Desperate Expat Wives too!

The Expat Wife App Selection

(Desperate) expat wives spend their time shopping, having lunch with girlfriends, playing tennis, driving kids around and organising the home. Oh, and they drink wine. And the occasional cocktail. As expat wives also can get lonely, it is important to get out of the house to do all these things instead of doing them at home; electronic device […]

Violet edition: I am an expat wife, but does it define me?

Clew’s recent colour musings have been leading up to this magnificent colour: Violet. Violet as in creativity, poetry, flowers, mystery, expectation…and Clew. Violet is Clew’s colour, and it is often regarded as the colour of wisdom and creativity. So our 3rd anniversary edition (already!) will revive some of our old words of wisdom and creativity. This is […]

(No longer) The Good Wife

The Desperate Expat Wife has succumbed. Once an addict always an addict. She has been so good, trying hard for years – granted with the occasional relapse. She has tried for the sake of her family, for the sake of her own health, to prove to herself that she could – but hélas, in the end she […]

Post-summer bummer

The Desperate Expat Wife considers the generous holidays in Luxembourg to be a major advantage. She especially enjoys it in September when she, comfortably installed on her beach towel, waves a royal goodbye to the majority of fellow holidaymakers who grudgingly pick up their towels and plod back to work and school, making her the […]

Should I Stay Or Should I Go?

The Desperate Expat Wife is quite an experienced Luxy expat by now, but she still asks herself –frequently – the question that is almost as famous as «to be or not to be»: Should I stay or should I go? Now, The Clash, who brought this question much fame,  partly explains why it is valid […]

Nettle soup with boiled egg (this is not a recipe)

The other day I was discussing food – for some reason an ever recurring topic – with among others Clew foodie Alison. Oddly enough on a heatwave warm summer night, we talked about soup. “Nettle soup with boiled egg!” I exlaimed enthusiastically. Whereupon the other soup talkers all looked like they were about to puke. […]

Getting home in time

Most topics can be seen from an expat angle. Using the geometrical angle, one side will be the sheer physical distance and the other socio-cultural changes. The endpoint is personal change and a new take on things ranging from small to big and from fun to serious. Even death is within this angle. It was […]

Let The Music Play

The Desperate Expat Wife has one recurring New Year’s resolution – to listen more to music. Years ago, when she was younger, she somewhat surprisingly decided she’d try a reiki session. The first thing the therapist said to her – she hadn’t even had time to stretch out on that bench – was «You must listen more to […]

An expat wife goes back to work

What happens when the (desperate) expat wife goes back to work? On and off throughout her expat (wife) years – and all of a sudden there are quite a few of them and she of course has no idea how that happened – the desperate expat wife has looked longingly into offices, missing the office […]

Silver Cinderella

The Desperate Expat Wife isn’t superfond of Christmas markets. Simply because they can make her – well – slightly desperate. Sure, they’re cute enough – tacky cute at times but still cute – and this part of Europe wouldn’t be the same without them. Oh, and she loves the chocolate covered raspberries. Now she’s actually not particularly desperate at Christmas […]