Must-See Malta: An Expat’s Inside Guide

As a long term expat living in Malta, I’m often asked about the top must see things in my country of residence. In my 5 years in Malta I’ve visited all the major sites, and most of the minor ones too. If you’re...

How to Buy Groceries in the Mediterranean

I experienced a sudden reunion with consciousness when I felt my wife elbow me in the ribs. She was shaking me hard by the shoulder, and I removed one earplug just in time to hear her mumble, “Doorbell.” A...

When Workplace Cultures Clash: Doing Business Abroad

“The gardener will come at 8 a.m.,” I was told. “Please make sure you’re there to let him in.” My landlord had hired a local expert to stop by the old house we were renting and trim the orange tree in the ...

How To Make Friends in a New City

How do you make friends in a new city and a new country? That’s what one of our Expat Life readers wanted to know. I’m not the best person to advise you on this. I’ve lived in Malta for 4 years and I know ...

Funding Your Expat Life With ESL

The tortured sounds of the alphabet song drifted across the lobby for the fifth time that day. From the next room, rising above the muffled voices, I heard, “Teacher, what does it mean, ‘feces’?” I sigh...

Top 5 Expenses When Moving Abroad

You’re all set to make the big move. To escape the winter, to take that cool new foreign job, or just to loaf around in the countryside and gorge yourself on wine and cheese. You’ve found your ideal destin...

Never Take Another Vacation

“You lucky jerk—you must go swimming all the time!” “Well, that would be nice, but…” “What do you mean? How many times did you go this year? Be honest, I won’t get jealous.” “I think two…” “But the beach ...

5 Ways Living Abroad Makes You Smarter

Does living abroad make you more intelligent? According to scientists, the answer is yes. There’s a growing body of research on the subject, much of it centred on students who participate in international st...

What We Miss From Home

  Ahh, yes… The care package from home. It’s the nicest thing an expat can receive, next to a shipment of English books from Amazon. And it’s the first thing I thought of when a friend asked, “Murd...