Expat Blogs & Photos

Expat Blogs & Photos

Living abroad? Write about your experiences! Expatica encourages you to send in your views about living in Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and the UK. Expatica’s Blogs & Photos section publishes content on a variety of expat topics including politics, local events, local food recipes and photos as well as restaurant, film and book reviews, so the choice of subject matter is up...

Blogs & Photos - Essential Articles

09/09/2014 I was an expat wife: Why being a Third Culture Kid sucks (sometimes)

"I was an expat wife: Why being a Third Culture Kid sucks (sometimes)" Growing up abroad opens many doors but, as Maria Foley discusses, living between cultures isn't always the easiest path.

02/09/2014 Bubble and Chic: Importing a car into Belgium

"Bubble and Chic: I have wheels.. importing a car to Belgium.." Registering a foreign car in Belgium is not for the faint hearted. This step-by-step guide explains how to import your car into Belgium, including necessary documents and fees.

02/09/2014 Xenophobe's® Guides: French gestures and greetings

"Xenophobe's® Guides: Manners" Are your hands being rude? Hand gestures in France add as much meaning to a conversation as speech, which is why you'd be impolite if yours were jammed in your pockets.

19/08/2014 In Germany, A Broad: 10 reasons to be a kid in Germany

"In Germany, A Broad: 10 Things to convince your kids that moving to Germany is going to be awesome for them" If you're moving to Germany with children in tow, here's a list of top 10 reasons to convince your children why it's more fun to be a kid in Germany than anywhere else.

28/08/2014 Guide to the Dutch: Society and working culture

Dealing with the Dutch Are the Dutch really flexible and direct? For those living in the Netherlands, we take a look at Dutch attitudes to work, family life and time management to ease integration.

19/08/2014 The Culture Trip: Time travel at Bruges’ Historium museum

The Culture Trip: Bringing the Middle Ages to life with Bruges’ Historium Bruges' multimillion Historium museum take visitors back to the Middle Ages with a tour that uses each of the five senses to explore the city as it once was.

19/08/2014 Flip-Flop France: 20 signs you're becoming French

"Flip-Flop France: You know you're becoming French when..." From doing laundry to six-hour family lunches, living in France soon affects your approach to everything.

15/07/2014 The German Way: The good, the bad and the ugly (final)

"The German Way: The good, the bad and the ugly (final)" In the third part of the series, Hyde Flippo presents his final musings on the best and worst things about living in Germany as an expat.

07/05/2013 Not Hemingway's Spain: A typical Spanish day

Not Hemingway's Spain: A typical Spanish day Is it all siestas and fiestas? Getting used to the typical Spanish day can be a hard transition for expats, particularly the Spanish mealtimes.

30/01/2013 Top 10 UK foods

Top 10 UK foods Traditional British food is ‘comfort food’: heart-warming, filling and satisfying. Here are some typical foods and dishes from around the country.