Life as an Expat During a Global Pandemic

    No-one really ever expected this would happen. (I don’t really know why I wanted to write this post about life as an expat during a global pandemic, but this is my online journal and sometimes we just have to have a heart to page occasionally.) The world is topsy-turvy thanks to the widespread carnage of a virus, families have been torn apart both permanently and temporarily and who knows how long this will have ramifications for – a generation, I suppose.

    Coronavirus Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Dear 2020,

    You mostly suck.

    Expat Life in London Adventures of a London Kiwi

    I started the year like most people with joy (after the grey winds of January obviously.) The first half of the year was going to be epic; trips to Bilbao (which we managed), New Zealand, Las Vegas, New York, Panama and the Isle of Wight – and who knows what might have happened in the second half of the year.

    But it’s all about perspective – we might be sad at missing out on these jollies, but so many families have been affected in so many ways, that actually in the scheme of things it really doesn’t matter.

    The Future of Travel

    Life as an expat during a global pandemic isn’t easy being so very far from my family (I’m so happy to say that in New Zealand the effect hasn’t been so much Covid related, but knock on effects like the borders closing, businesses and livelihoods being affected) and even though this is a choice I’ve actively made – and in no way regret – I think it’s healthy to genuinely admit how it can affect us.

    With probably no hope of going home for the next couple of years – I was overdue a trip this year – I like so many other expats have been making the most of tastes of home delivered to my doorstep (both planned like parcels from SANZA, and unexpected like this delicious box of Lamingtons), hanging out – where socially distance acceptable – with fellow expat friends who understand the ups and downs of having a divided heart, video/instant chatting the whanau, watching umpteen hilarious movies made by Kiwi directors & actors *cough* Xena Warrior Princess *cough* and making sure to count my blessings on this side of the world.

    Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Life as an expat during a global pandemic has certainly made me more thankful for the community I have over here, whilst tinged with more sadness that I can’t hug my family.

    But then thousands of people in the self same country can’t either.

    Tower Bridge London

    It has also reinforced how much I adore this city and my life here, not to mention my wonderful husband and his family. I never in my wildest dreams thought I’d meet someone who I’d not want to kill after spending literally 24/7 with for 4 months. Sadly we lost the feline boss of our compact crew – but the silver lining is that we got to spend 3 months under her paw 24/7. Life as a expat during a global pandemic.

    What a year – and it’s only August. Some days are great, some days you just want to curl up in a ball. But I know I’m not alone in this – that’s what truly matters.

    Best Cats of London the definitive list

    Though, to add insult to injury Instagram finally updated the fonts… and added comic sans. Yo, 2020, I’m out.

    Love (and loathing),



    5 Of My Most Memorable Meals | August Travel Linkup

    Over the years we have been lucky enough to enjoy meals in some of the most wonderful places – so I thought I’d share 5 of my most memorable meals. Aftternoon tea at Claridges, breakfasting like lords in a Bordeaux Chateaudinner at the Ritz, feasting on a bento box near Mount Fuji, lunching at Le Manoirbrunching with glorious London views, drinking ‘arctic whiskey’ under the Northern Lights in Tromso, eating cake in Vienna and so many more brilliant experiences (not to mention a few restaurant reviews along the way) but…

    5 of the best meals I've ever eaten - August Travellinkup Adventures of a London Kiwi

    …there is one place I’m happiest. As an emotional cheeseball at the best of times, I can often be found grinning away tucked somewhere behind a table full of the people I love – and it doesn’t matter where on the globe we are. It is almost always the highlight of any trip we make anywhere in the world (the only exceptions are the countries where we can’t stalk visit anyone which are few and far between).

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    If We Were Having Coffee July | Expat Life in London

    If there was a theme to this monthly session of chatting over coffee, it’d be decisions. The decisions you make both in life generally, and specifically when you live the expat life in London.

    Expat Life in London Adventures of a London Kiwi

    I think I’d be sipping a tropical espresso martini – ideally at the top of Aqua Shard with my lovely friends.

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    The Laundry Brixton | Review

    There isn’t anything so delightful as sitting with a friend in sunshine, with a glass of rosé in hand – and it’s one of the things we all missed so much during lockdown. Since it opened The Laundry, Brixton has been right at the top of my ‘to visit’ list, so much so, that it’s the first place that I wanted to go when lockdown began to ease.

    The Laundry Brixton Adventures of a London Kiwi

    The scene was perfect – sun out, terrace table booked, friend joining me and… social distancing in place. Let’s keep things real here – we’re still in the midst of a global pandemic, but our experience at kiwi-run The Laundry was so seamless that it felt like normal life. I was a little nervous (and more than a bit excited) about my first proper trip out of the house.

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    10 Quirky Day Trips From London (That you can easily turn into weekends away)

    People often worry that to be a travel blogger they have to jet off to all corners of the world every weekend or they won’t have enough content. Well, to that I say phooey. There are so many amazing quirky day trips from London that you can take in England (even turning them into leisurely weekends away.) This isle has wizards, giants, knights, princes, castles, Raven warders and ancient stories that never cease to amaze. It also has a tourism economy that you can help to support where you can.

    Quirky day trips from London

    Partially, it’s a change of mindset. When you’ve lived in an area all of your life, or even years, it’s so easy to take your home for granted – and giggle at the tourists transfixed by an ancient doorway that you’ve walked past for ever. 

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