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 […]

Expats or lonepats?

“I think you travel to search and you come back home to find yourself there.” – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie-Nigerian author There are people “naturally born” to live abroad, and then there are some who cannot even begin to imagine a life somewhere other than in their home country. Of course, a simplistic categorisation such as this one […]

A simpler life: It’s NOT about the numbers

Minimalism is not about not owning anything. It is about owning only what you need and love. This is why minimalism can mean something very different to a single young man living on his own compared to a family of five with two dogs.

My Moving Booklet

Moving is a daunting process under ideal circumstances. For children, who usually have no choice about whether and where they’re going, it can be especially difficult. Enter Valérie Besanceney’s My Moving Booklet. This interactive workbook, the result of years of experience with children of expats and other mobile families, is filled with exercises and prompts for […]

Time for a change: Look Therapy

Change is a permanent feature throughout our lives, an element with many facets that are often interlaced, some positive, some less positive. There are sought changes, unavoidable changes, unexpected changes. Endless combinations of changes, sometimes scary, because it is more comfortable to settle for what we already know, just “to be sure” and “avoid mistakes”.

Goodbye Hamilius

Going underground; a tribute to Hamilius as we know it – by Clew photographer Anje Kirsch: Photos by Anje Kirsch, June 2015. © 2015 Anje Kirsch

Moving – a burden or a blessing?

There is this quote that I love: “You don’t realize how much you own, until you try to put it all in a box” Can’t seem to find who said it – but I think this quote is very fitting, and real to most of us expats. Anyone who has ever packed up a home […]

A Career in Your Suitcase

Being an expat is demanding, especially for a trailing spouse who must abandon his or her professional life to follow their partner to an assignment abroad. Often as a result of leaving behind work or career, the accompanying spouse suffers the loss of self-confidence, self-esteem and sense of identity,leaving the door open for depression and stress.

A simpler life: The basic kitchen

The kitchen is one area where many seem to go over the top when buying stuff. Even people who hardly cook still have a full set of pans and pots, oven forms and cake forms in every shape and size. We complain about our kitchens being too small, and there just isn’t enough cupboard space. We […]

Clew review: On third culture kids

A Clew review: Arrivals, Departures and the Adventures In-Between Here’s a book that is truly one of a kind on the subject matter of third culture kids. As a military kid, Christopher O’Shaughnessy understands living between worlds and cultures, while trying to figure out the identity as a third culture kid. He has a gift […]