Abu Dhabi vs. Kuwait: Middle Eastern Truths

I have lived in Abu Dhabi for one month today!   It’s been the busiest and most chaotic month of my life without a doubt. The strangest things have happened to me since I landed here; from being proposed to by a very handsome cowboy (hey it still counts even if I couldn’t accept!), to […]

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Abu Dhabi Life: The ADEC Housing Debacle

A month ago I was telling my husband, Expat Fox, that I was worried about losing my blog’s following and popularity after moving to Abu Dhabi. However, in a strange twist of fate, the blog has become incredibly popular since I moved to the United Arab Emirates; ADEC teachers in particular email me and find […]

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Expat Panda turns 1!

Last year on this date I publicly launched this blog. Can you believe its only been a year? I really can’t.   When I think back to a year ago, I honestly never would have thought Expat Panda would be where it is today. I’m not saying that I’m huge and successful by any means, […]

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Why Czech Republic is the perfect gateway to Europe…

I personally had no plans to visit Czech Republic until I met my Czech bestie, Expat Bee. I vividly remember the day I first met her. She had kind eyes, a mischievous laugh and a sense of humour as dry and filthy as my own. In the early days of our friendship I remember feeling alarmed […]

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Austria- a land of fairytales and dreams!

When Bee and I were talking about going to Austria, she was far less keen than I was. I know what she was thinking- a place filled with overpriced goods and hordes of tourists doing a “Sound of Music” tour. I, however, had no interest in having the cliched pictures taken of me in front […]

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1 week- 2 countries- 3 observations

I went to Europe.   It doesn’t sound like much to you, but for the average third world passport holder, that’s an achievement. Europe is the continent I grew up reading about in books and the only time I heard about someone going anywhere in Europe was if they were… rich. For years I would […]

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Touchdown in Abu Dhabi (the 1st few days of an ADEC teacher)

For those of my readers who have been living under the proverbial rock, I left Kuwait amidst a flurry of chaos and after a short holiday, packed up my life again in preparation for my new job. I accepted a job with the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) which is the educational authority for the […]

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