Magical Scotland
Hiking the Scottish Highlands is a breathtaking experience.

Magical Scotland

There’s somethin magical aboot Scotland. Public transportation is simple tae figure oot, the people are bonnie, an the scenery breathtakin. Thare is a familiar familial belongin i’ Scotland—a feelin o’ bein Scottish e’en whan you’re no. A trip tae Scotland feels like a trip home.

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Maid in India
Salma was smiles ,good humor, and tireless in a tiny package.

Maid in India

Among domestic help, maids are arguably the second most important member of the expat staff.  India is a breeding ground for bacteria, ash, pollution, and dust, all piled atop normal wear and tear like heaping mounds of peanuts on an environmental ice cream sundae that sends Oscar the Grouch cowering in the depths of his garbage can.  The best way to keep up with the tidal wave of needed cleaning is to hire the right maid.

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He Drives Me Crazy!
Drivers and the the families they care for can become very close.

He Drives Me Crazy!

A driver is not just a driver, he is an expat’s Indian ambassador.  Finding a good driver takes effort and a fair bit of luck, but it’s worth every minute spent preparing, interviewing, evaluating, and praying on the off chance Ganesha will remove any obstacles to hiring the best of the best.  Unfortunately, even the most diligent expat can end up with a dud that is far more trouble than he’s worth.  But once the right driver is hired, everything India is easier.

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House Hunting Hyderabad

House hunting in India is an exhausting mix of sightseeing, assessment, and ultimately, decision-making.  Some organizations provide guidance in the form of a handler to ensure the would-be expat doesn’t cause an international incident, while other people will arrive with nothing more than an outdated map and best wishes.  Both use-cases provide an opportunity to share some hopefully beneficial information.

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Blogger’s Block & A Top 5 List
What will I miss most?

Blogger’s Block & A Top 5 List

I’ve been suffering through a bout of blogger’s block—a topic deserving of it’s own discussion.  Anyone whose called ACT Fibernet to file a service request is painfully aware of their questionable customer service skills and seeming desire to do just about anything to avoid filing a ticket.  This time they helped cure the dreaded blogger’s block and create a long list of things I’ll miss about India.

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