The Best Things About Expat Life in Lima – Or, It’s Always Avocado Season

In celebration of Peru’s independence days, “fiestas patrias,” (July 28 is independence day and July 29 is a holiday for the armed forces and police), here is my posting about what I think is great about living in Lima. As I did for some of the other places I have lived, I have already written … Read more The Best Things About Expat Life in Lima – Or, It’s Always Avocado Season

Resources for Expats Living in Peru

Normally, I would have done lots of googling before moving to a new country but with Peru, I’m playing catchup. Here are some expat sites from a quick trawl on Google: I’d say the most “famous” is Living in Peru started by a Dane, Carsten Koch: Living in Peru. Live In Peru: for finding real … Read more Resources for Expats Living in Peru

Best Hair Colorist and Hair Dresser for Expats in Bogota

Her name is Reiko, she’s Japanese, and she speaks very good English. Plus, I have seen the hair that she colors and I would never have guessed that the hair was anything but natural. She works independently out of the French hair dressing salon in Atlantis mall up on the third or fourth floor. She … Read more Best Hair Colorist and Hair Dresser for Expats in Bogota

List of Top 12 Expat Blogs About Colombia

After months of googling to the nubs of my fingers to read expats blogs in Colombia, I’ve compiled this list of my favorite ones. I’ve tried to concentrate on expats currently living in Bogota. Once in a while, one of the writers, living outside Bogota or living outside Colombia, has such command of the expat … Read more List of Top 12 Expat Blogs About Colombia

Expat

I have more than two decades of experience living “overseas” and I have lived in more than nine countries. All the expat “advice” is mine completely (unless I say otherwise), and I’m glad if it helps in any way. The bidet in Italy. The money of Italy. Unexpected things about moving to Rome. Tipping in … Read more Expat

Map of 99 Expat Places

Finding places can be tricky in Dhaka. As much as I’d like to show you all where things are… I thought I’d make a map of the 99 expat places instead! These places are current as of September 9, 2013. I put an extra huge marker on Goong, the Castle, because that is the number … Read more Map of 99 Expat Places

Cover the Assets – Expat Dress in Dhaka

First things first: If you look different from the Bangladeshis (and even if you don’t), people will stare at you in Dhaka. And if you are an expat, you will most definitely be stared at. It’s just what people do. Usually the stares are not aggressive or sleazy. For expat men, going shirtless or in … Read more Cover the Assets – Expat Dress in Dhaka

Binge Watching Italy

If you want to binge on watching videos about Italy, here are some I’ve found. Mostly on food. Mostly about Rome. I will not list all of them as there are too many, but a few that will give you some leads to follow. Rick Stein is one of my favorite TV chef presenters. The … Read more Binge Watching Italy

Vitamin D On the Menu

As the sunny days fade into gray overcast winter in Lima, I’m reminded of last winter. During the deep of a Lima winter (June-September), you will need to go inland to get some sun. These are some restaurants in Cieneguilla where one can go to get a meal and more importantly, vitamin D. This short … Read more Vitamin D On the Menu

Paying the Help and Tipping in Lima

As I mentioned in my posting about what I like about living in Lima, I wrote that I would blog about domestic staff. One of the nice things about life in Lima is the affordable help. Most people use the term “empleada” as the term for domestic help since traditionally one’s domestic help was a … Read more Paying the Help and Tipping in Lima

Chacao Market in Caracas

In any town, the market is my favorite place to visit. In Caracas, for the expat, Chacao market, is the place to buy fruits and vegetables. Chacao market is a five story high building but the stalls are located on the first two floors. The central area is open all the way to the ceiling. … Read more Chacao Market in Caracas