The run-up to Christmas has to be one of my favourite times of the year. Ever since I can remember, I've thoroughly enjoyed everything to do with this holiday from decorating our tree to picking out the most tacky Christmas jumper. To me Christmas is more than just receiving and buying gifts, it's a time to reconnect with family and friends. I usually spend the whole month surrounded by my close family and friends and I LOVE it. Living in Dubai, I don't get to see my extended family very often; each winter I head back to London and the best part of my trip is spending time with everyone and getting into the festive mood.
I spent the past week in rural Morocco getting my Wilderness First Aid certification and helping out a local village with medical check-ups. It was such a humbling experience and it makes me realize just how lucky I am to have the medical safety net that I do. I love these kinds of experiences – being able to help people with the opportunity I have and actually making an impact on their lives. I thoroughly enjoyed interacting with people during my trip and learning more about medical care; so much so that I didn't take many photos while we were staying in the village. I still want to share the photos that I was able to take with you, as I think they show a completely different side to Morocco – a side that I wasn't able to portray in my previous posts from when I visited last year.(here's my post from last year) The village we visited is called Sbiti so the first few photos are from there, and the rest are from the two days we spent in Marrakesh before we flew back to Dubai. I hope you enjoy!
This week I'm excited to share another post in the Expat Wisdom series with you! If you're familiar with my site, you'll know that each month I share the story of a fellow expat and get them to share a little for their 'expat wisdom' with this community. It's like having a little advice-sharing family online. This month's contributor is Rachael Lynn, a fellow expat living in Dubai who has previously lived in NYC and Toronto. She just released her very own book, At Home Anywhere, which I'm looking forward to reading soon! If you enjoy this post (which I certainly did) you should grab a copy of her book. Having been an expat for over five years now, I still find it interesting to read other people's advice and reflect on how it could have changed my experiences. There are some great tidbits of advice in Rachael's post, that I will use the next time I move. I hope you enjoy the post!
If you know my blog, you know that I'm somewhat of a breakfast connoisseur (Just kidding!) But I do really love breakfast food, and I enjoy reviewing different breakfast spots for you guys to try. In this post, I'm going to share one of my all-time favourite breakfasts in London – Granger & Co Anytime I'm in London, my family and I HAVE to go eat breakfast at Granger & Co. I always go to their branch in Notting Hill, but I know that they're all extremely popular so get there early if you don't want to wait for a table! This cafe is like a slice of an Australia heaven in the heart of London and you can't help but have a good day after eating breakfast there. (Cheesy but true, a good breakfast = a good day)
As some of you may know, this month is the Dubai Fitness Challenge! This is when people all over Dubai are encouraged to do 30 mins of exercise for 30 days to promote a healthy lifestyle. There are lots of really interesting fitness activities being offered, from running down Sheikh Zayed Road to yoga lessons on the beach, and I think it's a great opportunity to get out and active! I find it hard to motivate myself to exercise this time of year, so having a city full of people with the same fitness goal as myself is a great help. In this post, I wanted to share 10 of my top fitness activities in Dubai that you could try this month!
Living as an expatriate can be daunting, lonely, and sometimes difficult. But most of the time it's exciting, opportunistic, and it's a new adventure each day. In this post, I want to share five things that I've been able to experience by becoming an expat and why they are so important to me. Let me know in the comments what the top reasons you like being an expatriate are!