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But Let Me Tell You More About Germany!

reverse1And I thought I was doing so well.

One month after coming back to the UK after having lived in Germany and Japan for a total of 6 years, a reverse culture tick hit me.

In the garden of a pub, I was sat with a nice guy, trying to charm him as I tend to do with nice young men. We were trying to find how compatible we are by asking each other ridiculous questions. He asked me what my favourite fizzy drink was.

“Uhm, well I’m not sure of the drinks round here but in Germany there’s this cola…”

To which he mock rolled his eyes, and poked fun at me for starting most sentences with “in Germany…” [Read more…]

Why We Need to Fight for WH Smith

Bookshop

According to Which? readers, WH Smith has been voted the worst shop on the high street.

When describing Haverhill, the working-class town I grew up in, I often say that it had no bookshop, it didn’t even have a WH Smith. However, in many similar towns, WH Smith is the only place people can have access to cheap books.

I once had an argument with a German friend about cheap books. I had commented to him that in Germany books are much more expensive and that they don’t ever have deals (like buy two, get one free) like we do in the UK. [Read more…]

Promoting Better Financial Skills

financial awareness

Recently, I was on the BBC. Yup, national BBC – not just local. It turns out that 1/3 of millennials will be renting for life and they wanted someone to come speak about it.

What I said was simple; I choose to work in a sector that I love, making the world a better place. And that means that not only do I rent but I also live in a houseshare.

After having relative financial freedom in Japan and Germany, coming back to the UK I had to relearn how to be frugal. I’m always on the look out for better ways to stay on top of my finances and I am really passionate about giving students the skills to manage their money. [Read more…]

Is Expat Still My Identity?

That Facebook memory thing is a pain. I joined Facebook in 2005, my first year of uni (back when you needed a university email). That’s a lot of years of memories to show me, and while it’s nice looking back on times gone by, boy do I feel old.

Memories informs me that it’s been around 8 years since I lived in Japan, and 5 years since I was in Germany. I’ve been in the UK 3 1/2 years and I can’t believe it. I came back to settle down, career up and live a more fulfilling life, and really it’s taken me 3 1/2 years to get somewhere near that. [Read more…]

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