When we go HOME!

It’s the chief role of the expat mom, to make sure the children are happy, content, comfortable in the surroundings that are completely different to their home. When we left Ireland first, seven years ago, I arrived in Qatar with an armful of Bun go Barr’s under my arm, the VPN was downloaded on the…

Learning Support Doha

Working abroad for a few years,works well, as long as everything works well! You’ve all your degrees authenticated, your passport is in order, you have no past convictions, you’re parents are well and are enthusiastic about your leaving, your wife is only too happy to give up her marketing career to be a full-time mom…

Exit Expat

It’s the time of year again in expat life, three months to go before summer holidays, and that will see another year of expatriation complete. As the recession is still flailing here in Qatar, there are people leaving all the time and most people that aren’t coming back in September, have a vague idea at…

Keeping up with the McCarthys

Your choice of lifestyle tends to be very exposed when you live abroad. Without the parameters of location and culture that exist at home, the way you choose to live suddenly defines you and suddenly becomes something that you have to think about. Home in Ireland, it’s easy, a good lifestyle consists of two weeks…

International Women

International Women’s Day was celebrated last week and what a great turn-out there was, online at least, lots of coverage of famous women around the world who are doing and have done great things. Mind you, I felt a bit dubious as it somehow implies to me that women are working off a handicap, ‘an…

Rain Rain

There’s no doubt about it, living in Qatar, surrounded by filthy rich Qatari’s that drive, Maserati’s, Lamborghini’s and have their drivers and maids cart their shopping home in top of the range Range Rovers, can be intimidating.   Especially when you’re to the pin of your collar trying to keep a second hand Pajero on the…