Making Expat Life Large

Episode 12 – Stereotypes

In this episode Kirsty and Sarah discuss stereotypes from different countries and what we as expats and travellers both love and hate about stereotypes in equal measure. This time last week in Australia, the Australian team won the world cup in cricket. The media focussed on two particular events in the press. Apart from the obvious win, and the ticker tape parade. During the game, the Australian wicket keeper put.. Read More

Episode 11 – What do you miss from home?

In this episode Kirsty and Sarah discuss all the things they miss from home. The longer you spend away from home the less material things you miss and you start to miss things like the smell of rain, the sunset in the country or the cicadas making a racket on a summer’s evening. It goes without saying that we miss the 3 Fs the most (family, friends and food). Kirsty.. Read More

Episode 10 – International Schooling – How do you choose?

In this episode, Kirsty and Sarah discuss the all important topic of international schooling and how to choose the right school for your child. Sarah’s daughter has only been at one school and they felt the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) was the right fit for them. Kirsty’s children have been through the British, Canadian and American curriculum. We covered it all this episode: curriculum, location, after school activities, school communication,.. Read More

The Ugly Expat – Season One – Episode Nine

Hello and welcome to Two Fat Expats. Episode 9 and Kirsty and Sarah are discussing the ugly expat…and we don’t mean looks! Once again the Mawuna Koutonin article made an appearance, this time in The Guardian. Kirsty and Sarah believe that everyone who lives and works overseas as a non-permanent resident should be called an expatriate regardless of race, colour or socioeconomic status. What are the bad stereotypes of an ugly.. Read More

Expat Pregnancy, Infertility and Childbirth – Seaon One – Episode Eight

In this episode Kirsty and Sarah discuss having babies and infertility in the expat world. Sarah and Kirsty come from different ends of the spectrum with Kirsty giving birth to 4 babies in different countries while Sarah has struggled with infertility issues and miscarriages. The first article we discussed was this one from the Wall Street Journal. A common theme among many expats giving birth and undergoing fertility treatment is.. Read More

International Women’s Day – Season One – Episode Seven

Happy International Women’s Day! Firstly, our apologies for the sound this week, I’m afraid our microphone taught us a few new tricks. It won’t happen again! International Women’s Day (8 March) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. We are surrounded by International Women’s Groups in the this expat world. What does being an International Women mean to you? For.. Read More

Expat Guilt – Season 1 – Episode Six

We investigated expat guilt this week. From the moment we think about leaving a little bit of guilt sneaks in. No matter how excited, how terrified, there’s an inkling. The guilt of disrupting others lives, whether it’s as simple as moving the family dog, or as complicated as the school age child. If you’re in your 20’s (and you’re ten foot tall and bullet proof with all the time in the.. Read More

What’s In Your Employment Contract? – Episode Five – Season One

Again, we’d like to thank everyone who has listened, reviewed and rated our podcast series. A big shout out to David from the ABC Sunshine Coast in Australia. Dave gave us a great review on his radio show and we are eternally grateful..we owe you a beer Dave! You can hear Dave’s fabulous review here. To find out more about ABC radio click here. In this episode, we spoke about.. Read More

Saying Goodbye – Episode Four – Season One

Thanks for tuning in for another episode of Two Fat Expats. We’re a little bit worried that the first few seconds are a little bit shaky, but we just couldn’t resist the opera singing. I know, you’d expect more from women our age! Here’s the show notes for episode four. The first post we talked about “The Expat Cycle” was a blog post written by Kirsty on her personal blog 4.. Read More

Expats or Immigrants? – Episode 3 – Season One

Thank you so so much for coming back to see us. We’re hoping we’re going to get better and better at this as we go along, so thanks for sticking with us while we work out which buttons to push! Here’s the show notes for episode three. The first article we talked about was this one on Silicon Africa written by Mawuna Koutonin. Kirsty’s favourite podcasts which are all on iTunes are: This.. Read More

Episode Two

You came back! Thank you so much. On Episode Two Sarah acknowledged that yes, losing her husband would be harder than moving :-). We spoke about a blog post of Kirsty’s In Case Of Death, and covered why you need to get a few extra things organised as an expat, it’s not just a will and a next of kin. In some countries your bank account may be frozen and.. Read More

Episode One

Hello and a big fat welcome to Two Fat Expats. Thanks for sticking with us through our sound issues in episode one, we promise we’ll get better next week. On episode one we mentioned our business BloggingME and the fabulous event we had at Four Seasons Doha. We also raved about Beth McDonald and her fabulous blog Baby Mac. Sarah talked of her love for Cupcakes and Cashmere. And the.. Read More

An Expat Podcast With Weight

Our first expat podcast is on its way! I have no idea what I’m doing. I really thought making a podcast would be as easy as a 25 minute chat into garageband and a simple upload to iTunes – errr, no. It appears I need to learn how to make a RSS feed. Which would be great – if I knew was an RSS feed was. I’m hoping this podcast.. Read More