Sex on the to-do list

Life is busy. That’s for sure. Kids, work, errands, taking care of the home. Too often, the relationship with our partner becomes an afterthought amid the hustle and bustle of the daily grind. We let ourselves fall into patterns — uninspiring routines — and interaction becomes limited, especially when it comes to sex. While a […]

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

Expat dictionary, word of the month: Expat wife. A woman who follows her husband abroad, often for his job, while her new job is caretaker and taxi driver. She takes care of the kids, the home / showroom, herself (as in shopping, body treatments and tennis) and the social network (as in voluntary work, lunches […]

Out to get you

Moving. It’s one of the more stressful situations in one’s life. Plenty of preparation goes into organizing, selling, and throwing out some of the past. Simultaneously, you’re searching, restructuring and planning for the future. It’s downsizing on one side; upgrading on the other. That all occurs before the move takes place. The actual relocation has […]

Friendship divorce

Expat dictionary: Friendship divorce. Either a two-way split-up, when friends mutually, often tacitly, agree on a divorce, or one-way, when a friend divorces you and you want her to stay, or vice versa. Separation by geography can be a contributing factor to a friendship divorce. If we stay friends with our childhood friends – the […]

Safety in numbers

There’s safety in numbers. Any springbok or impala running from its predator will tell you that. Humans feel the same way. But it’s not just when we feel threatened that we like the company of others. In general, we are social creatures who enjoy interaction; with family and friends in particular. If they’re not around, we’ll […]

The multitasking myth

Women are better at multitasking than men. Researchers put this popular belief to the test, and the results were surprising. The word multitasking easily conjures up an image of a woman cooking while breastfeeding and sorting out expat bureaucracy on the phone. Or that of a man stopping whatever it is he’s doing because you […]