Emma Martin

Emma is an expat wife and mother who moved from England to Cyprus when her eldest son was just six months old. She started writing a blog A matter of choice to document her life in a new country.

Posts by: Emma Martin

No place like home

No place like home

Recently I was asked the question ‘Are you home for Christmas?’ I replied that yes I was although for the first time we were going out for Christmas dinner. The reply threw me.

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25 years in Cyprus – Expat Emma looks back…

25 years in Cyprus – Expat Emma looks back…

25 years ago Tim Berners-Lee launched the World Wide Web, and the world changed forever… I recently read an article online where they are discussing what has changed in their lifetimes, not just mobile phones, internet etc., but things that might not be so obvious to younger people such as making ‘mix’ tapes from the radio, having to wait at home for a phone call, getting your photos developed at the chemist, three TV channels that closed down at night, and the amazing new indestructible music format – the CD.

It was a fascinating read and I could relate to most of the list having been born in the late Seventies, what got me though was the amount on the list that are not so different in 2014 in Cyprus, and how they did not seem so strange to me.

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School is fun – in Greek!

School is fun – in Greek!

As an expat family living in Cyprus I had always been nervous as to how our son would get on in the local Greek school having started at the age of 4 with only a few words of Greek to his knowledge.

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The Greek Alphabet

The Greek Alphabet

My three-year-old son, Leo, loves to learn and seems to have an unquenchable thirst for knowledge! We conquered numbers a long time ago, closely followed by the alphabet, and one of his favourite things at the moment is spelling!

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Learning Greek with the family

Learning Greek with the family

It wasn’t very long ago that I would have had no idea and would have assumed either of these phrases was something nice. I often joked that Leo would be coming home from school speaking Greek while we all smiled and said how clever he was, when in reality he could be swearing and saying all sorts of things and we would have no idea!

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