Mademoiselle Nomad

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Accommodation in Mauritius: Shandrani Resort & Spa – Beachcomber

I was so excited when I finally hopped on the plane for Mauritius. I pictured blissful days at the beach, sand in between my toes, tropical fruits…

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Things I do since living in Cape Town – an expat’s view

Cape Town is a beautiful and cosmopolitan city where people value quality of life over how much wealth you can acquire. For that reason, if…

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Top 10 culture shock living as an expat in Dubai

I lived in the UAE for 3 years and 2 months. More precisely, in the city that never sleeps: Dubai. Dubai is one of the…

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That one time I went glamping with Africamps (and what happened with my tent)

Camping? Me? Straighten that eyebrow – you’re in for a treat filled with style and sophistication. I promise. Read on, dear readers. Read on. When you get a call from Africamps inviting you for two days and one night of camping for the launch of their third camp, it’s a tough decision. I’m not the type of girl who camps. However, they specialize in boutique camping. Glamping takes camping to another level, we all agree?

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My challenge as a digital nomad in the South African summer time

With the mercury rising and traffic increasing along all roads that lead to the beach, there’s a lot on my social calendar. Most of my friends from Europe (and various parts of the world) come back to South Africa to enjoy sunny days here. And a mother bunch of them visit because I’ve been going on and on and on and on about how fabulous Cape Town is. So they

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What is a friendship celebration and why you should have one too {GIVEAWAY}

I’m not fond of goodbyes. Are you? I’ve had one goodbye too many during my nomadic journey. Through this though, I realized that there’s an art when it comes to saying goodbye. There’s no reason why we should avoid saying goodbye. However, we can do things differently. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that’s one thing I love doing. Shifting my perspective, challenging the status quo, asking

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My life is about to change big time – here’s why

You probably heard of this saying from Coco Chanel that a woman’s life is about to change after she gets a haircut.  Think about this for a while. Let it sink in.  Really let it sink in. As a woman, it is said that the hair on our head is “our crown”. In some cultures, women shouldn’t cut their hair too short.  Even for men, you guys can say a

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Saturday bliss: reading at The Book Lounge and hot chocolate at Haas

Lately, I’ve been craving reading in my spare time. Unless I make it a priority, I find that a lot of other activities often get in the way. Are you also like that? Do you find that you want to read a book but can never get to it? Making time to read One technique is to treat it as a priority and not letting anything hijack the time you’ve

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My first breaths into meditation and why I gave it a shot

I love my iPhone. You know just how much from my last article. And about a month ago, I discovered that there’s a phone app to meditate. If anyone had told me that I would be meditating regularly, I would laugh at them. Me, meditate? I cannot be still in my mind or relax! Way too much going on in my head… Today, meditation is one of my positive daily habits. My debut

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My cats – what I miss the most on my nomadic journey

I adopted these two furry balls of cuteness – The Royal Kittens. Or so I thought, until I realized they were the ones who adopted me. Cats are a different sort of species altogether, really. They come with baggage. And you have to accept them and take them all in, quirks and all. In my case, I took them in with fleas, bruises, little fur and acute anxiety. They were

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A short lesson in Mauritian Creole – part two – Romantic compliments & phrases

Mauritian Creole – a short lesson My dear readers, by popular demand the Mauritian creole lesson makes its comeback. To be honest, I never thought my short creole lesson would have that much positive feedback from you. I’m pleased to know that I can help you interact more with your Mauritian partner. This one is for you dear reader who emailed me (you know who you are!). In this second part of

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The art of saying goodbye – how to arrange a farewell

Saying goodbye Whether you’re a nomad, a traveller or an expat, you’ll certainly be faced with that moment where you are leaving the country you’re in for another. Saying goodbye is not easy for most of us. In fact, there’s nothing pleasant about it, when you think of it. What’s great about saying goodbye to people who have become your family, your confidants, your allies in all kinds of weather

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