Learning about yourself through language

All good things must come to an end – this is our last Clew edition. We will end the Clew story with some encouragement along your expat way. Sorana encourages you to learn about yourself through learning and speaking different languages: If you are an expat, chances are you might also be bilingual or trilingual or […]

The no excuse training programme

Clew tries out a 20 minutes training programme from Lifestyle Optimiser: Exercise can be as simple as this 20 minutes programme! Do it at least 3 times per week – and there is no excuse for not doing it!

Insider tips to Portugal

For our third anniversary month, Clew revives old, popular posts this January. Let Rute take you to her Portugal again! Amazing sightseeing, great beaches, friendly people and the best comfort food… Where to go to get the perfect combination of these ingredients? To Portugal of course! Lisbon A city where you can find almost everything […]

Creative Clews: Jenny Mannion

Miranda van den Heuvel talks to creative expats and creative people all over the world about creativity in general and their own creative outlet in particular. Meet writer Jenny Mannion. from Oneonta, New York, USA.  1. What is CREATIVITY? Creativity means to me tapping into your true Essence, your Soul, and letting it express itself. It […]

Motherhood

Mens sana in corpore sano. Most of us are thinking about this phrase more or less consciously on a daily basis. Trying to eat healthier, exercise more (stay fit), visit places with fresher air as often as we can. And most of us, every now and then, try to feed  our minds as well. Options are […]

Violet edition: HUG!

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. Any post about […]

Violet edition: Enjoying without owning

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 […]

Dear Santa

Dear Santa, As I sat down to write to you, I actually got both a writer’s block and a wish block. So I started googling around, and did you know that there’s a website called http://www.grownupletterstosanta.com? Do you even google, or read web letters, or e-mail? It would be kind of cute if you didn’t, but I […]

Strategy for Christmas fever

Call me crazy, but this Christmas I will not go crazy looking for Christmas presents. And I am considering whether to continue with my tradition of sending holiday cards to everyone and then receive some replies ‘next year’.

Wrap it in!

For as  long as I can remember, I have taken huge pleasure in wrapping gifts. Each Christmas I change the theme, from glitzy paper to pure white. This year I go for rustic, natural nostalgia.