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International Man of Mystery
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International. Man. Mysterious.Can't say more than that!
Interests: Travel, good food, football, fine wine, books, music, trees, sunshine, beaches
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Ireland is popular with holidaymakers from the UK and internationally, and has long been a big UK expat centre, too. Andit's easy to see why - vast expanses of unspoilt countyside, friendly people, and of course the Irish capital Dublin is one of Europe's finest cities - awash with culture,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2013 at International Man of Mystery's blog
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Becoming an expat certainly isn't about heading off to where the streets are paved with gold. For one thing, gold isn't a practical surface for pedestrian thoroughfares - hazardously slippy in rain, and also being a soft metal it doesn't have the durability of plain old concrete. But that's practicailities... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2013 at International Man of Mystery's blog
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There are loads of really great expat blogs out there, and I think the expatriate writing in the blogosphere is definitely one of the strongest areas of it. For one thing, expats are interesting, cultured, clever folk - and for another, they nearly all have interesting stories to tell. Even... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2013 at International Man of Mystery's blog
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Smartphones are changing the world in terms of how... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2013 at International Man of Mystery's blog
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If you're heading abroad on holiday getting health cover is extremely easy and very inexpensive. And as long as you're registered with a GP, theres really nothing to it. And having health cover also means that if there was a requirement for medical repatriation it is generally covered in most... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2013 at International Man of Mystery's blog
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According to a new survey by the Global Visas relocation consultancy, over 40 per cent of those leaving the UK are doing so in search of better job prospects, with a large percentage of survey respondents being from the middle earning economic category. Its always been the case that a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2013 at International Man of Mystery's blog
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If you're living in the area around Valencia in Spain - or happen to be nearby at the end of August, then you may hear about strange goings on in the town of Buñol. Basically, every year around this time in August they hold what's known as La Tomatina -... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2013 at International Man of Mystery's blog
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Recently, one of those annual quality of life for expats type surveys was released - and, as ever, made interesting reading. The survey - published by the international arm of a UK bank, found that while Australia remains the most popular choice for UK expats, Dubai has risen to third... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2013 at International Man of Mystery's blog
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What do you think when you hear the name Detroit? Depending on the age and the interests of who you ask, you're likely to get a range of answers, including some of the following Motown Detroit Techno (Transmat, Metroplex, and many other labels) Car manufacturing Red Wings, Pistons, Tigers (The... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2013 at International Man of Mystery's blog
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Following on from my post a short while ago about British food abroad, I thought I'd point you in the direction of an excellent article in The Guardian today by @rosieniven on a range of UK companies providing expat food to people overseas whose palates are missing those often unique... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2013 at International Man of Mystery's blog
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Following on from our most recent post (no need to link to it, it's the one below this one...) it's recently been in the news that the European Commission is set to take action against Spain following a number of cases where European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) holders have reportedy... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2013 at International Man of Mystery's blog
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Are you off on holiday soon? It's that time of year when - even if you live in a big city - things just seem to be quieter than usual, with the schools on holiday and many people taking off for destinations elsewhere. Of course if you live in a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2013 at International Man of Mystery's blog
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When you're abroad for a short time, it's good to immerse yourself in a world where everything - or nearly everything - is new. For instance if you go on holiday to France and wander round your local Monoprix, Leclerc or Intermarché, you'll no doubt see a whole new world... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2013 at International Man of Mystery's blog
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The UAE and singles A recent survey by the UAE's 999 magazine (published by the country's ministry of interior) suggests that despite the emirates' glitzy skyscraper glamour, there are a lot of single people there. One of the reasons for this is that there's a changing expat demographic and while... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2013 at International Man of Mystery's blog
One of the major considerations for expats with school age children is - obviously - education. So what do you do when you're somewhere far, far away and the culture is very different from home? This couple describe their experience of the education available in Pune, India. Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2013 at International Man of Mystery's blog
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The nature of expatriation is that it changes over time - people have always made the choice to go and live abroad, but where they go can depend on any number of factors relating ti the destination, and these can include cost of living employment opportunities political stability safety health... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2013 at International Man of Mystery's blog
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Kuwait, that tiny country between Saudi Arabia and Iraq, may not have the same draw for expats as Dubai, but it has for a very long tome been home to people of various nations across the world. In terms of the number of non Kuwaiti residents, the figures vary depending... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2013 at International Man of Mystery's blog
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It's one of those questions that pops up every now and again, and it's not really all that easy to answer - not, at any rate, without getting into the whole semantics thing. In its simplest definition, expat just means out of (ex) the native land (patria). Those of us... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2013 at International Man of Mystery's blog
Scuba diving is a water-based activity, which involves diving underwater and breathing with the aid of SCUBA equipment. The acronym SCUBA stands for 'Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus' and refers to the gas containers worn by scuba divers, which allows them to breathe below the surface. Recreational scuba diving derived... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2013 at International Man of Mystery's blog
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If there's one thing that you read extremely wealthy people saying in interviews quite a lot it's that having money isn't necessarily that big a deal in itself - money, after all, is just a concept - and the money we have in our bank accounts has no physicality -... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2013 at International Man of Mystery's blog
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According to the available figues, there are in the region of five and three quarter million Americans of Scossish heritage - which, as populations stats fanatics will recognise, is more thanthe population of Scotland itself - which therefore of course means that the Scots have a long history of becoming... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2013 at International Man of Mystery's blog
The Dutch city of Amsterdam may not be the biggest in Europe - but it's definitely one of the best. In fact the city proper only has around 800k residents but the place has the granduer and confidence of a genuine metropolis. It's worth also bearing in mind that Amsterdam... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2013 at International Man of Mystery's blog
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India may not have the largest land mass of any counrty in the world, but it surely must match any other nation for sheer diversity. And with over 1.2 thousand million people living in the country, it's of course also the second most populous country after China. And many projections... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2013 at International Man of Mystery's blog
Actually, when you thunk about it, the title I've used for this post doesn't really need the words 'for expats' on the end, since Dubai's population is largely comprised of expatriates, with around nine-tenths of residents being from foreign lands. As anyone who has been to Dubai will tell you,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2013 at International Man of Mystery's blog
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Interesting article in the Telegraph on life in Australia. And how it's the world's happiest industrialised nation. There's no doubt that Australia is a happy place - any time I've visited this vast nation/ island/ continent, the people have been laid back, the weather's been warm, and it's always been... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2013 at International Man of Mystery's blog