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Expat Life: Giving Birth Abroad
By Paul Allen, Should I Stay Or Should I Go? The Truth About Moving Abroad And Whether It's Right For You

Paul Allen shares he and his wife's experiences having babies abroad.

Moving to CaracasMoving to Caracas, Venezuela
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My advice is to be patient. Even though there is an abundance of apartments out there, finding the right one for you takes time. There are huge variations in building maintenance, security, and amenities. It's best to come here with the expectation that it might take 3 months to find a permanent place. Continue Reading | Share your experiences moving to your city or town with newcomers.

Culture Shock CaracasCulture Shock in Frankfurt am Main, Germany
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I was told plenty of times the following: You are "too" American; Stop dreaming' Speak German, you are in Germany; Your written German is not perfect Being here now 10 yrs, I am able to give back criticism and appreciate when someone compliments my German and personal skills. You really get thick skin after a while. Continue Reading | Share your experiences with culture shock..

Having a Baby in Alghero, Sassari, SardiniaHaving a Baby in Alghero, Sassari, Sardinia, Italy
By ExpatExchange Member

I gave birth in Ospedale Civile, it had been recommended to me by my gynecologist for having a low c-section outcome, other local hospitals are apparently quick to opt for them when a labour is progressing slowly. It is an old hospital and I shared a room with 3 other women. The babies are kept in a nursery and brought to the Mums for feeding only. There were a number of shared bathrooms however they were all very shabby and small. I had to take my own toilet roll, cups, water but I knew this in advance. Continue Reading | Share your experiences having a baby abroad with expecting expats.

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British Expats in France Increase Grocery Deliveries
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British Expats in France have increased online orders of groceries - even French foods - from British grocery stores. As absurd as it may seem, there are all kinds of implications for the fluctuations in currencies that we've seen recently:

Simon Goodenough, the director of Sterling Shopping, a delivery firm based in Brackley, Northamptonshire, says his company has 2,500 British customers in France and is running five delivery vans full of food to France each week.

"We deliver food from Waitrose, Sainsbury's and Marks and Spencer, but by far the biggest is Asda," said Goodenough. "We deliver into south-west France from Poitiers downwards where it is estimated 25,000 Britons now live. We sit in our depot sometimes looking at the things people have bought and just laugh at the craziness of it all. We have seen croissants and baguettes in people's shopping bags. And we have delivered bottles of Bergerac wine bought from Sainsbury's to a customer in Bergerac. We even have a few French customers who have now heard about what we do. They love things like curries and tacos, which they just can't get in France."

It's great that these expats have taken control of their finances and take advantage of these market conditions when they are favorable. Too many don't, unfortunately.

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