10 Fun Facts About the EU

I think it is fair to say that I am a big EU fan. The EU has enabled so many things for my family. With the European elections looming, I take a look at some fun facts.

10 quotes for TCKs and global citizens

TCK quotes

Raising little cross-cultural kids of my own has been a life-changing experience. I love to read about others' experiences and find comfort in seeing how many of us share the same feelings whether we have lived in 2 or 15 different countries, whether we moved for jobs, love or political reasons.

The Azores in a camper-van: everything you need to know

As we went down that tiny road with a 180° corner, none of us were talking. We both knew we would be facing that corner and its 10% incline again the next morning. Travelling with a camper van on a small island is not something for the faint-hearted. Here, I give you the lowdown about what we loved and didn't love about renting a camper van on São Miguel island, Azores.

The Azores with a camper van: rental in Sao Miguel

Martinhal, Chiado: best family hotel in Lisbon (?)

 I wanted to love it. I really did. Voted the best family hotel in Lisbon by the Independent, I had high expectations. Some may say too high. Since I am asked all the times about tips for Lisbon, Portugal (one of our homes, my husband's original home), here is what you can expect from Martinhal Chiado, supposedly, a hotel especially designed for families.

Martinhal, Chiado: best family hotel in Lisbon?

Why being a career expat is a huge leap of faith

"But you're not an expat. You don't have the big package."

As some friends and I were chatting a while back, one of them uttered this sentence matter-of-factly and it got me thinking. For months. I hear this phrase again and again in my head.
What kind of expat am I then? What makes us different? Here, I investigate with a little help from my friends.*

Being a career expat

10 alternatives to 'Where are you from?'

Last week, again, my girl, 8, who attends an international school was asked by a teacher where she was from. She told me she was not sure what to say at first. She told her story to her friend and then they decided to tell the teacher she was from the U.K. because this is where she was born. But it bothered her. I could tell.

Rethinking my identity as a trailing spouse

Trailing spouse: rethinking my identity

I am an introvert. I don't do small talk very well. Inevitably when someone asks me why I live in Germany, my answer includes "my husband's job". And more often than not, I am labelled as a trailing spouse. I have never really thought beyond that. I don't really care what label people put on me. I know my own worth. I am more than trailing.

5 games for multilingual families

5 simple games for multilingual families you can play in any language

Are you a multilingual family? Are you looking for some games the whole family can play together in any language?
We love games the whole family can play together: this means most ages and most languages too. So, when grandma and grandpa come over, they can play too without 2 hours of instructions and translations.

Sustainable and ethical Swedish kids clothes shopping in Gothenburg

Where to buy amazing Swedish clothes for kids in Gothenburg?

Where to buy amazing Swedish clothes for kids in Gothenburg? Our top pick for ethical, bright and unisex clothing
Top and dress by DUNS

I am not going to lie. Once we had decided to travel to Sweden last summer, I immediately started researching what shops and brands were on our itinerary.

25 books for cross-cultural children of all ages

Always on the look-out for books that children can identify with, I have put together this collection of volumes for our kids. All of these books are suitable for third-culture kids, cross-culture kids, expat children, highly mobile families and immigrant families. They all deal with issues these children, who move often, or who juggle several cultures, have encountered. From pronouncing your name wrong, moving (again), learning a new language to repatriating, these books are great talking points to show our children they are not the only ones in these situations.

Multilingualism in my family: Caroline's story

This month's instalment of multilingualism in my family comes from Caroline, Michael and their two children. They are a trilingual family (Polish, German and English) currently in Germany. Caroline tells me answering these questions was a real eye-opener as she found it actually difficult to describe their situation exactly as she wanted. Here is their multilingual story.

Why my children are not growing up abroad

I may be raising my children abroad. My husband may be raising his children abroad. As a couple, we do live abroad. However, as a family, we do not live abroad. Our notions of abroad are all different. My children have little notion of abroad. 

Why my children are not growing up abroad

My German birth story

An expat's birth story in Germany

If you have read my first birth story which took place in the UK, you will have heard a tale of breastfeeding struggles and lack of support post-partum. Let me tell you how different and similar my German birth story is. (If you want to read a condensed version of the comparison between the two, head over here.)

10 tips to make food culture a family priority

We celebrate diversity and live a multicultural lifestyle through many aspects of our life. One of these is food culture.

10 tips to make food culture a family priority

My U.K. birth story

It is Saturday morning. 3 days past my due date. I had a membrane sweep two days ago to try and get things going naturally. Correction. The midwife came to my house and attempted the sweep but she backed out when I found it particularly uncomfortable. It is Saturday morning and it seems nothing is happening.

my UK birth story

Multilingualism in my family: Adriano's story

This month's instalment of multilingualism in my family introduces Adriano, Marzena and their quadrilingual family. Their story is very similar to ours. They live and breathe in four languages daily and it all flows pretty naturally. Read about their Italian, Polish, German and English adventures below.

Photo via David Corral (Flickr)

Slovenia with kids: a 3-day itinerary

I have just read an article where Slovenia was being compared to New Zealand. They called Slovenia the New Zealand of Europe. And I thought, yes! Absolutely. Unspoilt nature. Hundreds of outdoor activities to choose from. Dramatic landscape. And living the slow life.

Slovenia with kids: a 3 day itinerary

Multilingualism in my family: Monica's story

This month's instalment of multilingualism in my family introduces Monica and her multilingual family. She is raising two children in Germany with Spanish, Swedish and German. Monica is also a researcher in language acquisition, so some of her answers may be a little influenced (in a good way) by that fact. Her children are beyond the early childhood phase and it is so lovely to read someone say: don't worry so much.

So, you’re moving to Germany? {a Piri Sojourner}

Moving to Germany

There was always a look of surprise on peoples’ faces when I told them we were moving to Germany. Like they were thinking, ‘Germany. Hmmmm. But why?’

Cross-Cultural Kids: a different kind of TCKs?

When I discovered the name Third Culture Kids and read up about what it means, I was pretty happy. I am not one for labels but I felt I had found a concept that could help me support my children in building their own their identity and answer their potential future questions. However, the more I read about third culture kids (TCK) the more I feel like my children are not (in the traditional sense of the term).

Cross Cultural Kids or Third Culture Kids
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