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Moving season, password apps, discussing porn with teens and E is for Edmonton PART 1

After the Easter break and we had a LOT to catch up on and to share about all things Expat. Moving season is approaching and some of your friends may have announced their departure, or maybe it’s you. We talked about the emotions and keeping in touch with friends near and far. Nikki had a very welcome visitor over Easter and in Kirsty’s house there was a very exciting announcement... Read More


Bonus Episode 1 – Don’t Blow Your Dough

Here it is, the bonus episode that we played a snippet of in Build buy or renovate overseas, don’t blow your dough and C is for Copenhagen. An open (and recorded) conversation between Kirsty and her husband G about the state of their dough. Listen in as they talk about what bank accounts they have, even the ones Kirsty doesn’t know about, yet. The first in a proposed series of.. Read More


Bank accounts starting with P, Lice mothers and Remote tech options

It’s Easter week, so we’re releasing a day early to celebrate. Ever heard of a Lice Mother? You have now. We talked to Denise about her important role at her children’s school. We covered about all the kinds of (free) technology you can use for your portable expat career and lifestyle. Google docs, Slack, Zoom, Freed Camp, Trello and Skype. Kirsty ran through the P names for her expat bank accounts.. Read More


Build buy or renovate overseas, don’t blow your dough and C is for Copenhagen

We’re already up to the fifth episode in our ‘New Format’, do you like it, or not? If you have thoughts and opinions on it, we’d love to hear them. Kathy has just bought a house in Paris and is looking for renovation advice so we spoke to Danielle who has bought and renovated in France about her experience. The outcome of her renovation is La Pommetier. We heard our first.. Read More


The google doc of doom, does your expat life get easier, entitled expat kids and the mindset of a move

Welcome back to this week’s chat packed episode of fat expat-ness. Eliza left us a message that prompted a discussion about the age old question, can you get better at being an expat over time? The jury response was mixed. Nikki spoke with Christine about the mindset of a move and how that can change your outcome and in Location Location Location we interviewed Candice about (B is for) Bangalore. Books,.. Read More


When your expat kid grows up, Five Women and expat locations that begin with the letter A

What a great episode this week, full of laughter, chats great interviews, some listener voice messages and our opening entry for the Location, Location, Location A-Z. Lauralynn talks to Kirsty about her expat son who has returned to his home country for a gap year before University and the challenges he is facing, we chat to Karen who has just completed 5 and a half years in Arusha and Misha.. Read More


Relationships, Budget conversations and the seeing the Moon

This week we talk some more about the ‘new’ podcast plan and listen to a couple of great interviews with listeners about Expat Relationships. Zoe talks about how she and her sons looked at the moon and and Christine shares her thoughts on having her husband ‘grounded’ for the first time in their married life, 5 children later. Kirsty has the ‘first’ budget discussion with her husband G, tune in.. Read More


New Format – Start Here

Can you believe it, we’re actually back on the air. Summer was long and hot for Kirsty, with a new house and splitting her kids between countries but now she’s back on the ground in Qatar. Nikki went to Bali for a couple of weeks and for now Hamburg is turning on the sunshine in a surprising February. The break gave us some time to re-think the podcast format and.. Read More


Before You Go – Season 4 – Episode 9

In this episode our Hot Topic was Things to Do Before You Go. Kirsty posted about how she was feeling in the weeks and days before the final decision was made in the company merger. Both 4 kids, 20 suitcases and a beagle and the Two Fat Expats group had lots of great advice. You can hear it all in this week’s podcast, along with the the other regular chatter... Read More


International Schools, educating expats. Season 4 – Episode 8

International Schooling, first discussed in Season 1 Episode 10, is revisited this week as there is always so much to discuss. In Season 4 – Episode 8 we discuss the many facets of international schooling. We were also lucky to interview an International School parent and an International School teacher. Other topics from the Two Fat Expats Facebook group this week, the amazing Two Fat Expats location map, explain your.. Read More


Can I offer anyone a drink? Season 4 – Episode 7

Drinks anyone? In Season 4 – Episode 7 we talked about drinking habits of expats. There were many heartfelt responses from the group both in the public forum and sent privately to us as administrators. Other topics from the Two Fat Expats Facebook group this week, finding a Uni in the UK, facebook memories after relocation (and repatriation) and the sadness they bring, and the #metoo social media reach. Repatriation.. Read More


Leading Ladies. Season 4 – Episode 6

Lets discuss Leading Ladies! In Season 4 – Episode 6 we discussed when females are in the Lead Expat role. We went old school and bought back the longer form interview. From the Two Fat Expats Facebook group this week, transferring money, expat divorce, living in limbo and moving from hot to cold. Hot Topic of the week was Leading Ladies. We interviewed Julie, an expat, who moved from the.. Read More


The how and why of your Expat life – Season 4 – Episode 5

Welcome back to Season 4, Episode 5. In the Facebook group this week, Hong Kong vs Singapore, Skype tips with the family, the people who help you settle without you really realising it and what’s your name (the one your kids call you), does it change with different places? Hot Topic of the week was the how and why you started your Expat life (let’s not say journey). We talked.. Read More


Elections, do you get your Expat say? Season 4 – Episode 4

Hello it’s Season 4, Episode 4 and we’re back with all the big posts of the last week. Those discussions included VPN’s, access to english books, mail and bill management while expat-ing and a big hello to our 54 group members in Port Moresby! Hot Topic of the week was Elections and how involved you are / can be depending on your nationality in your ‘home’ country elections and if.. Read More


Boozy Australians, Organised Americans and Hemp wearing Europeans, we’re all here. Season 4 – Episode 3

Can you believe we’re already at Season 4, Episode 3? This season is flying by. Posts that were big in the group this week, celebrating without having taking actual tonnes of things with you to each location, an interview with Donna, and looking for volunteering opportunities when you move. Hot Topic of the week was a little tongue in cheek and involved discussion of the school gate and all the.. Read More


Powerless and Pissed or In the Driving Seat? Season 4 – Episode 2

Welcome to Season Four, Episode Two. We’re back with our new season and new format, still trying a few things out. Posts that were big in the group this week, return locations, Doha Book Group, the life of a container and Russian washing machine settings. Hot Topic of the week was how you feel in your current situation, powerless or powerful or somewhere in between? Lots of great insights from.. Read More


How to make friends when you’re not in Kindergarten – Season 4 – Episode 1

Hello, we’re finally back after a ‘summer’ break for the Two Fat Expats. This is the first episode of our fourth season. This season we’re changing it up a bit, bringing in a ‘What’s Hot’ in the Facebook group segment to the party while still including a topic per episode where we examine an issue in a bit more depth from an expat point of view, and of course our.. Read More


Best. Holidays. Ever. – Season 3 – Episode 26

Hello and welcome to the last episode of Season 3 for Two Fat Expats, where we believe everyone should live a fat expat life. We finally bring you (from the editing suite floor) the curtain closing episode of Season 3 and it’s a goody filled with exotic locations from all over the world. Where is your favourite holiday destination and why? We had a great response via voicemail and share.. Read More


Real or Over Reaction – Season 3 Episode 25

Hello and welcome to Season 3 – Episode 25 of Two Fat Expats, where we believe everyone should live a fat expat life. We did a bait and switch for this week’s episode, while we had planned an epic episode about your favourite holiday destinations, real life got the front seat and we swerved around holidays, to land on the current situation in the Middle East (no we’re not a.. Read More


Big Fat Expat Meet Up Shanghai – Season 3 – Episode 24

Welcome back to Season 3 – Episode 24 of Two Fat Expats, where we believe everyone should live a fat expat life. Last week we both flew to Shanghai for a fabulous weekend at our sponsor hotel the Shangri-La Jing An, Shanghai. On Saturday night we had the Big Fat Expat Meet Up, where we hung out in the 1515 Raw Bar with some amazing international women who were blog lovers and sometimes.. Read More

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