Fun Abroad: 10 Fabulous Expat Blogger Stories

by Miss Footloose

Update 2019

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.

4)  This 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!

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What a great … and hysterical list!! Happy to have found you… and some new ones in the process!


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! 🙂

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 🙂

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.

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!

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!

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.)

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!

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