Dear Reader, Miss Footloose is very sad! Times are achanging and many of the fabulous writers of the original list I had below have departed the Blogosphere and found adventures elsewhere. However, there are still a few hilarious ones to read.
If you have fun expat stories, please send me a link and I will create a new list.
All expats are familiar with the dramas and upheavals of a move across continents and the subsequent efforts to set up house in a foreign country where you don’t know the language and even the simple task of finding a carton of plain, unflavored yogurt can be struggle. Although I have now managed to figure out what a container of unadulterated yogurt looks like in Moldova where my prince and I have recently parked ourselves, I will not yet
entertain bore you with the other details of my life here.
Instead, I’ve gathered here for your enjoyment a colorful collection of hilarious or humorous stories posted by other expat bloggers. I hereby thank these writers for entertaining me. Hope they’ll entertain you too.
Photo © Ken Duffy | used by permission
Here they are in random order:
1) Here is Havana is the blog of American travel writer and expat Conner who lives in Cuba with her Cuban husband where they struggle to keep their marriage alive on a mattress from hell. A CUBAN BED TIME STORY. No, it’s not a fairy tale.
2) Canadian Carolyn used to live and work in the Kurdish area of Iraq. Here’s one of her tales. Even scary stuff can be funny if you know how to write: GUNNING FOR IRAQ
3) Mary Whitsell, a serial expat who blogs at Resident Alien, wrote a humorous story about a confusing exchange she had with a Turkish student: PATIENCE OF A SAINT.
American (Canadian?) Australian expat lives in Vietnam with her Vietnamese husband and is the blogger of The Drop Out Diaries. She finds that the English language can be very confusing for her dear husband as you can read in her story TESTICLE FACE.
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Did you enjoy these stories? And if you know of other humorous or hilarious tales, please send the links!
What a great … and hysterical list!! Happy to have found you… and some new ones in the process!
Glad you enjoyed the list, and welcome to my blog!
Great round up. I’ve been looking for new expat blogs to read- The Dropout Diaries is actually one of my faves. Thanks!
Thanks for recommending all these blogs! They sound like fun, I’m already taking a peek…. Groetjes!
Wet bathrooms suck !!! seriously!And it just got so ingrained in Indian homes that there is really no escape! 🙂
I expect renovating a wet bathroom into a “dry” Western one costs a ton of money, and the rest of the family has to want to convert.
You must have a look at this article by Sharell Cook and her insights to a life in India. I am just a fan of her blog! and loved your blog too 🙂
Priya, thank you so much for that link! It was fascinating! I’m not crazy about climbing in and out of bath tubs to take a shower, but boy it beats an Indian “wet” bathroom for sure. Then again, it is amazing what people prefer once they grow up with it.
Thank you for posting my link! I can’t wait to read the other posts. I’ve been taking a writing break; we’re having extremely rare good weather in Scotland and I can’t afford to miss it. But it shouldn’t take long for it to go back to normal.
Glad you’ve made it safe and sound to Moldova. I’m really looking forward to hearing about your adventures there too.
I had to be in Holland for a while just after arriving in Moldova, so am a bit slow in getting into my new life in Moldova. Great weather in Holland too!
Oh, can’t wait to read some of these…
So glad to hear you are alive and well, despite yoghurt fiascos perhaps, in Moldavia. Looking forward to hearing about life – and seeing pictures!
No yogurt fiasco. I studied the various items for 15 minutes or so and made an educated guess (recognizing the other similar containers as being sour cream) and took it home (read: hotel). I figured if it was sold in the dairy section it probably wouldn’t kill me whatever it turned out to be. And it was yogurt, real good yogurt.
PS. The fruity, flavored stuff, Dannon, Activa, etc. are easy to recognize, but I wanted to plain, white stuff.
Great list! Since I’m a recent new expat (American currently living in Hong Kong), these blogs will be great blog additions for me to read!
You can check out my blog list to find more fun blogs if you’re looking.
I just finished part one of your love story in India and will now read about your arranged marriage . . .
Will have a look at these blogs. Thanks for the recommendations. The Iraq one looks particularly interesting! (Oh, and just thought I’d let you know, we’ve been following (the fabulous) Dropout Diaries for a while and she’s an Aussie.)
Thanks for the info, Julia. I corrected it. Enjoy the stories and let me know what you think.
Hi there! Yes, I’m an Aussie and we’re living in Singapore at the moment.
Thanks for the mention. Boy, am I in some great company! What a lot of fun everyone’s had.
These blogs look like great fun! Thanks for recommending them. I’m going to hop on over and have a look!
Let me know what you think! And if you know of similar fun stories, do share the links, please!