No expat wants to end up in the hospital in their new country, but we do want to know a decent health care system is available if and when we need it. I recently visited the Emergency Room in a Brussels hospital and, for the most part, it was a better experience than I expected.
Belgium is a wonderland for foodies, but if you have a food allergy, it can be a nightmare. We share how to survive gluten-free and celiac dining in Belgium. We share where to buy gluten-free food and the best gluten-free restaurants in Belgium.
Missing your BBC iPlayer? Can’t access Facebook? Expats and travellers often can’t log on to websites and services they use back home. A Virtual Private Network, or VPN, can help you reach those sites wherever you are in the world.
We love books. They were one of the few items besides clothing (and cats) Andrew and I brought with us when we moved to Belgium. So when I heard about a place we could share our love of reading AND get free books, I had to learn more. That’s how I found myself riding a tram to Boitsfort on a chilly November evening, for my first ever meeting of the Brussels Bookswappers Club.
Andrew and I just dove headlong back into the Kafkaesque world of Belgian bureaucracy. We are applying for Belgian citizenship. Eventually, we may even succeed, but not today.
It’s a normal part of expat life, heck any life, to be angry, frustrated or depressed now and then. But are you killing your chances of having a successful and rewarding life abroad by wallowing in negativity? Today we give you some tips on staying positive when expat life is getting you down.
Today we are thrilled to share a guest post from Michelle, an American expat living with her family in Umbria, Italy. She writes about overcoming her fears, finding her voice in a new language, sending her kids off to an Italian school and learning to take things one step at a time – Challenges expats everywhere can relate to.