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January, 2011


Paradise: elusive and controversial

Recently, I contributed my first post to Back in a Bit. It was an introductory piece with the aim of establishing my voice as a contributor and giving a rough idea of my background as an Australian living in the Cayman Islands. Never had I imagined that it would be contentious. Never had I imagined that my normal life would be considered a hotbed of self-indulgence and conceit.

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Transit zen and sensory recall

For $20 more I could’ve flown direct from Doha to Colombo. But I’ve already got a bunch of flyer points with this other airline, you see, so I flew with them instead, saving myself the price of five lattes and copping a ten hour stopover in Dubai. I’ve become a bit of an expert at [...]

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Eagles fight rabbits at a Kyrgyzstani hunting carnival

Editor’s Warning: some of the below photos are gruesome and show dead animals. Robin O’Brien writes: For something different, I tagged along to an eagle hunting carnival. This event is held every year in Bokonbayevo, Kyrgyzstan and it was a big one, since eagle Oymok was making his return from injury, having been bitten by a [...]

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An Expat Opinion: Anyone for snow cricket?

I celebrated Australia Day 2010 in Warsaw, Poland, with our little bunch of Aussie expats  here, in pretty much the same way I do most years: some of our mates, in this instance Pete and Fiona, fired up the barbie, we got some cold beers, and we played a bit of backyard cricket. We certainly [...]

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A study of the Young Expat

I’d like to present a study of the sometimes misunderstood mammal that is the Young Expat.

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Shattering the rose-tinted vision of tropical island life

Mention the words “tropical island” and most people conjure images of towering palms, sugar-white sands and sapphire waters, writes India Lloyd.

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Up the Nile without a passport

Here is a hot tip. If you must have your passport stolen, try and do it in a country where you have consular representation. And if your passport does happen to be stolen in a vaguely obscure location — Kampala, let’s say — don’t let it happen on a weekend or the day after New [...]

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A belated best of Back in a Bit

Sure, sure, it’s a week since we nursed New Years Eve hangovers and I’ve been back at work for several days and most blogs did their look back at 2010 last week and all the rest of it, but I’m finally ready to take a look back at 2010 in Back in a Bit and examine [...]

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Teaching Engrish: one day in a Japanese English school

Only one more day to go of Paul Jonannessen’s part-time gig teaching English to Japanese people, as he introduces us to all his students. From the cheeky young kids to the chronically shy teenagers and older middle management men, it’s a sneak peek into Japanese society.

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Hobbit-hunting in New Zealand, stalking Tolkien in Oxford: tales of a Fangirl

Sure, Frodo and Sam may have trekked all the way from The Shire to Mount Doom, but as far as epic journeys go, I can go one better. As a young girl I made the journey from Melbourne to Oxford, by way of Wellington, all to catch a glimpse of a real-life hobbit.

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