Kirsty Rice and Nikki Moffit have over twenty years of expat life experience having lived in ten countries (and given birth in six of those). Libya, Jakarta, Hong Kong, the US, Kuala Lumpur...the list goes on. They answer the curly questions on expat life and throw in the ocassional expat interview to get an insight into expat life.
The hardest goodbyes? New country, new essential purchases.
This week we talk about the things you didn’t know you needed until you got there. Nikki is all over her new phone cover for her bike (something she didn’t need in the US). What have you needed in one country that became irrevelant in another? A portrait of Ghaddafi to show your allegiance? Winterized tyres in the Middle East?
What has been your hardest goodbye and why? We talk about ours and how we possibly could have made it easier.
We’ve also covered our favourite things:
Reunion: The Podcast
Life Changing – Jane Garvey
A word in your ear – Roly Sussex
Florida unvaccinate man meets doctor in a bar
Have a listen and head on over to the Facebook Group to say hi xxx
The Best Vaccination for Travel.
This week we talk about the best vaccination for international travel. What’s the most widely accepted? And will there be restrictions on where you can go and what you can do depending on your vaccine?
We also talk about getting the cold shoulder when you arrive. Are you going to be welcome when you return home? Are you better off staying away until travel is a little more accepted?
Here’s the links to the articles we talked about and a few of our favourite things:
Find out if a country accepts your vaccine
50 days of #justonething – here’s our ten things
45 minute walk
2 litres of water
Learn a new skill
Stand on one leg while brushing teeth
Count your blessings
Only dark chocolate (2 pieces a day)
16:8 intermittent fasting
The article about Australian expats being let down by the Australian government
Monica Lewinsky interview on Sway
Official Trailer for Fires
Adele is back
International School Dress Codes and here comes Business Travel, are you ready?
Business Travel. Are you ready for it? Are you busting to do it or are you a little bit wary? Personal travel is different (there’s a lot more margaritas) and you get to choose the destination and the activities – but business travel may have you heading towards a red zone, stuffy conference rooms and having to knock back that first offer of a hand shake.
We also talk about dress codes in International Schools. Why is it that some schools refuse a uniform but demand a dress code? Is it solely about modesty and if so why is the focus so often on the girls?
We have some new favouites things in the form of podcasts, press releases and a bit of telly to watch.
Here’s a few of our favourite things:
Brains Trust – Season Two
The Fitzroy Diaries – Season Three
Why has the NSW Premier had to resign
How does perimenopause affect the expat? And the link to the magic lipgloss.
Our two fat questions are vastly different this week. We cover how will menopause affect my expat life?
And then what shall I buy as a hostess gift when I go to stay at someone’s house?
Broad enough for you?
Seriously though, what do you do if you’re an expat and you think you’re perimenopausal. Is it affecting new friendships? Is it stopping you from doing your job properly? Do you have someone to talk to? And how do you even know if you’re perimenopausal? The truth is menopause is a bit like childbirth, some of us pop babies out and carry on like nothing happened while others leave the hospital wondering wtaf just happened!
We’ve got hostess gifts covered this week. Booze, food, tea towels, and the magical lipgloss that everyone is trying to get their hands on. Go and have a listen and tell us what you think. xx
Here’s a few of our favourite things
The Just Enough Family (podcast)
Untold: Caitlyn Jenner (tv documentary)
My Tiny Estate on instagram
The Wonder Years 2021 (tv show)
Y – The Last Man (tv show)
Here’s links to the menopause stuff:
Thriving in menopause
The magic lipgloss
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Can you keep your job “at home” but still travel?
If you had a chance to have a job in your home country (that you could do from anywhere) or a job locally, what would you choose? What makes more sense? Keeping one leg in the employment market at “home” or getting overseas experience? Does it affect how you settle into your new location?
Nikki wants to know how you follow local media in a new country? Particularly if the language is not your own? If you only have headlines are you missing the context of what’s actually going on?
We also run through our favourite things with some great podcast recommendations, telly to watch and articles to read.
Stong Female Lead
Morning Wars – Season 2
Invisibilia – Friendship Season
Sex Education Season Three
See – Apple TV
Willow’s 15th birthday party in Copenhagen
Generous Airlines and Expat Re-invention
Nikki gives us an insight into life in Denmark without covid restrictions. Spoiler alert…there was a buffet table!
We discuss what airlines are doing to keep customers “on board” .
Nikki mentioned this article https://thepointsguy.com/guide/airline-elite-status-coronavirus/
Do you re-invent yourself with every expat move? Can you do it both professionally and personally? Or is re-invention just an expat myth.
Here’s just a few of our favourite things this week:
Modern Love Series 2
The Survivor Final – Brain v Brawn
Only Murders in the Building
Just one Thing – BBC podcast
On the Verge – Netflix
An Expat Lifeline
A fellow expat friend suggested listening to these podcasts as well as joining the Facebook group, thanks Emma! Being an expat is a unique experience and one that I’m truly grateful for. It has its challenges and it’s comforting to hear Kirsty & Nikki share their insights and experiences. Thank you for taking the time to create the podcasts and for the effort that goes into running the Facebook group.
practical, real and supportive
discussion from these ladies every single episode. always makes me feel not quite so far from home after listening x
Always a good day when a new podcast drops
It’s is always a good day when a new episode is available, Kirsty and Nikki are fun, fabulous and real. Really enjoy their take on the expat world, generous sharing of experiences, ideas and honesty. Makes me smile. I love to hear their recommendations on the latest media. You ladies work so well together and it’s a real joy listening to you both. Thank you for all that you do for the expat community around the world.