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Columnists > Jess Faraday

Jess Faraday

In Scotland, The Real Adventure Is Real Estate

Posted by: JessFaraday on Wednesday July 19, 2017 (16:10:43)   (555 Reads)

Jess Faraday

“We want to buy a house,” we told the solicitor.

We’d arrived in Edinburgh the day before, and had wandered into this particular real estate office, because it was next door to the coffee shop where we’d just had our lunch.    more ...


Columnists > Kathleen Peddicord

Kathleen Peddicord

The Palio Of The Contrade: Passion, Intensity, And Intrigue

Posted by: KathleenPeddicord on Monday July 17, 2017 (15:43:02)   (343 Reads)

Kathleen Peddicord

The World’s Best Horse Race

No one knows for sure when it began or exactly why, but official record formalizes the event starting in 1310. By that time, it was already an institution.

I’ve wanted to witness this spectacle firsthand since I learned of it more than 30 years ago. The Palio of the Contrade, the raw, primitive, visceral horse race with murky origins wrapped in myth that takes place twice every summer in Siena, Italy, captured my imagination from an early age. This is passion, intensity, and intrigue incarnate.

Each July 2 and then again on August 16, mercenary jockeys pound bareback three times around the dirt track of Siena’s Piazza del Campo before a crowd of 60,000 patriots and pilgrims. Each jockey, chosen by each contrada according to an ancient anything-goes system of bribery and backdoor deals agreed with handshakes, is handed a nerbo, a whip made of ox sinew, as he enters the track, with which he is free… indeed, encouraged… to beat and block the other jockeys and their horses.    more ...


Columnists > June Finnigan

June Finnigan

Local Elections, Open Air Cinema, And The Rock Chick Band

Posted by: junefinnigan on Saturday July 15, 2017 (17:22:04)   (355 Reads)

June Finnigan

Benvenuti and Welcome to all my Lovely Followers,

If you are new to this column I should tell you that each month I reflect back on the previous one, which in this case is June 2017. My aim is to bring you lots of fun things, and not too many serious ones.    more ...


Columnists > Kathleen Peddicord

Kathleen Peddicord

Back In Paris: This Is What “Retirement” Looks Like To Us

Posted by: KathleenPeddicord on Monday July 03, 2017 (22:35:03)   (975 Reads)

Kathleen Peddicord

One Of My Favorite Things About Paris

I lay still with my eyes closed wondering if there were any chance I’d be able to fall back asleep.

Outside my window, in our courtyard, buzz saws were buzzing, hammers were pounding, and workmen called to each other in French.

I gave up on the idea of slumber and dragged my still-on-Panama-time body out of bed. Here in Paris, it was a bright new sunny summer’s day.

The workers are at it still, and the sounds of their labor distract me as I try to focus. As much as I enjoy writing to you each day, dear reader, I find the scene of men at saw horses and mixing plaster outside my window irresistible.    more ...


Columnists > Rosemary Border Rabson

Rosemary Border Rabson

Summer In The Morvan

Posted by: marelebas on Friday June 30, 2017 (10:42:10)   (500 Reads)

Rosemary Border Rabson

Quelle canicule!’ everyone exclaimed: ‘What a scorcher!’ June was exceptionally hot and dry, and I took to recycling our bath water to wash the car and water the geraniums on the patio. Then, on June 27, just as we were driving home from Avallon (more of that trip anon), the heavens opened. Since then it has been blessedly cool, and the grass is green again.    more ...


Columnists > Kathleen Peddicord

Kathleen Peddicord

7 Surefire Tips For Managing Your Financial Life Overseas

Posted by: KathleenPeddicord on Monday June 19, 2017 (15:53:31)   (4517 Reads)

Kathleen Peddicord

Living or retired in another country, how do you manage your financial life?

Virtually, with the support of a laptop and an internet connection.

At least that should be your goal.

This way, you don’t have to worry about not being able to access an account, get cash, move money, send a wire, or pay a bill. You want these critical functions to be hassle-free… not a distraction and a big pain in the neck getting in the way of all the fun you’re supposed to be having in your new life in your chosen Shangri-la.    more ...


Columnists > Fiona Hodgkins

Fiona Hodgkins

Expat Children Need A Helping Hand

Posted by: fthodgkins on Tuesday June 13, 2017 (19:35:58)   (6391 Reads)

Fiona Hodgkins

As this is my first submission as a columnist to Expat Focus, I would like to start by introducing myself. Born in Japan (to a British father and Eurasian mother) I grew up in South East Asia, went to boarding school in the UK at 11; then embarked on the expat circuit as an adult with my oil engineering husband, and have lived in such diverse locations as Japan, Germany, the UK, Singapore, Malaysia, Zimbabwe, the UAE, Venezuela and Trinidad.    more ...


Columnists > Kathleen Peddicord

Kathleen Peddicord

Cost Of Living In The Algarve: A Detailed Breakdown

Posted by: KathleenPeddicord on Monday June 12, 2017 (20:46:59)   (3344 Reads)

Kathleen Peddicord

When you think about the world’s cheapest places to live or retire, you probably think first of Latin America or Asia, writing off Europe altogether, figuring no way someone of modest means could ever afford to move to the Old World.    more ...


Columnists > June Finnigan

June Finnigan

Wine, Art And Politics In Chianti

Posted by: junefinnigan on Sunday June 11, 2017 (08:44:55)   (508 Reads)

June Finnigan

Benvenuti and welcome to all my lovely followers,

If you are new to this column I should tell you that each month I reflect back on the previous one, which in this case is May 2017. My aim is to bring you lots of fun things, and not too many serious ones.    more ...


Columnists > Rosemary Border Rabson

Rosemary Border Rabson

Flaming June In The Morvan

Posted by: marelebas on Tuesday May 30, 2017 (12:47:21)   (624 Reads)

Rosemary Border Rabson

I am typing this on May 30, during a heatwave – une canicule as they say here. It ain’t half hot, Mum, and John has taken to wearing shorts, while I hang out the washing at 6 am to take advantage of the blessed coolth and to put out water for the birds and squirrels and give the geraniums their morning drink.    more ...