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

21/10/2014 Opposite Ocean: Learning Dutch is 'silly'

Dutch is full of humourous words when translated literally into English, as Leah Budke discovers through comical illustrations by artist Laura Frame.

07/10/2014 Dating the Belgians

Dating the Belgians Belgians are gentle and reserved in nature - how can you break into the dating scene? Here are some tips to help you find love in Belgium.

16/09/2014 Xenophobe's® Guides: French business culture

"Xenophobe's® Guides: Business" Bring flair to your daily workplace attire as the standard business suit is not common, but don't expect to get 'casual' with colleagues, a word not found in the French language.

02/09/2014 In Germany, A Broad: Should you learn German? Um, yes.

Kari Martindale explains how important it is for expats to learn the language of their new country, even if you only plan to live abroad for a few years.

11/06/2013 Xenophobe's® Guides: How to act Spanish

"Xenophobe's® Guides: Spanish Character" How can you act upon the old dictum 'When in Spain do as the Spanish do', when no-one knows what they are doing next? Here's a humourous guide to Spanish character.

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.

14/10/2014 Dancing in the Fountain: Losing friends in one move

Dancing in the Fountain: Losing friends when moving abroad Out of sight, out of mind? Karen McCann recounts how many of her friends lost contact after she made the decision to move abroad.

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.