New Now Home

If last week in Qatar was a week for stoic calm for expats, this week was a week of quiet planning. When Saudi Arabia together with the United Arab Emirates and few others decided to cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, my current home, last week, the initial reaction among us expats in Qatar was ‘oh…

Qatar Gulf Crisis

Stranded apart from the offer of the use airspace from Iran and Oman is not a situation I ever imagined for myself or my four children but stranded in a country that is being strongly accused of supporting terrorism in some manner or form, I certainly never imagined that.   Fours day ago it was called…

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…