Have you seen The Reluctant Traveller? It’s a TV show that follows Canadian actor Eugene Levy as he explores places and cultures around the world. The premise is that Levy isn’t fond of travelling, so his experience is going to deliver something different.
Back in 1968 Paul McCartney sat at his piano in the Highlands of Scotland and penned the Beatles’ final number one single “The Long and Winding Road”. Asked about it in interviews, McCartney explained: “I have always found inspiration in the calm beauty of Scotland.”
“I don’t eat meat,” a former colleague assured me as he tucked into a plate of wild boar, “but I make an exception during game season.”
“ Thank you so much for having Charlie come to stay,” said Jane as she bundled her son into our car for a half-term visit. “He eats most things but isn’t keen on butter in sandwiches and I can never get him to drink milk.”
“ Trains are wonderful … To travel by train is to see nature and human beings, towns and churches and rivers, in fact, to see life.”
As 2022 draws to a close, towns and cities around the world are putting the finishing touches to their New Year’s Eve plans. In London, Big Ben will once again play a central role, its bongs ringing out across the city after a multi-million pound renovation.
When I was young, I invented a game called “shoe shops”. It was very straightforward. I would collect shoes from around the house, stick price tags on them and arrange them in neat pairs up the stairs.
There’s a scene in ‘The Sound of Music’ where Maria and the children are enjoying a picnic in the mountains. An idyllic scene of relaxation and play.
Expats are flexible creatures. It’s an essential life skill for adapting to different locales, customs and languages. You quickly learn that every country has its pluses and minuses. Brilliant housing, but hideous traffic. Great weather, but high rents.