Category Archives: Expat Life

Tonito Returns… Albeit briefly!

It has been a very long time since I last blogged. Too long in fact, but over the last year changing circumstances in my life has made blogging very, very hard (I’m not sure one can stack very, but oh … Continue reading

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A Helicopter with a view – Cape Town from the skies!

I don’t have a bucket list written down anywhere, it’s more a mental list I keep of things I want to do and places I want to go to and invariably this list just keeps getting longer as life goes … Continue reading

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Travelling Tonito’s Adventures turns 4!

It seems hard to believe, but today this blog has been online for four years now. I look back at when I started this blog and always find it funny that the ‘desire’ to start was borne out of laziness; … Continue reading

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Pursuit of Happiness… Everything falls into place!

When Raquel and I quit our secure and well-paying jobs in July last year, we knew that we were taking a risk (I spoke about these decisions in this post and this one) . It was a risk which at … Continue reading

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An Idiots guide to Brazilian English Translations – Part 1

I have a category on blog called language fails where write posts about funny language related episodes I’ve been a part of or come across, however there has been a particular series I’ve wanted to write about  for some time … Continue reading

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How 2012 changed our lives!

When Raquel and I started dating and things became more serious, we said that 2012 would be a pivotal year for us; a year in which a few decisions about our life would be made.

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This message is brought to you by Travelling Tonito

After seven weeks of honeymooning, Raquel and I are in London to prepare for our move to South Africa which basically means packing the few possessions we have and meeting up with friends and family for final goodbyes before our … Continue reading

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Dude, that festa was lekker!* – A polyglot’s entry to the Inspire Language Learning Blogger Competition

UPDATE: If you have stumbled onto this post, please click the like button at the end of it! 🙂 Thank you!   *This is a normal phrase you will hear from Portuguese immigrant’s children in South Africa which means “Dude, … Continue reading

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Merci mes amis!

“The kindness I have longest remembered has been of this sort, the sort unsaid; so far behind the speaker’s lips that almost it already lay in my heart. It did not have far to go to be communicated.” Henry David Thoreau This … Continue reading

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Au revoir Conakry! Our romance was short but memorable!

Dear Conakry, It is with a heavy heart that I leave you for another. She is called South Africa; was my first love for eighteen years and we have decided to give the relationship another chance. Things didn’t work out … Continue reading

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Eid Mubarak

Sometimes I forget that despite being in sub-Saharan Africa, I am still in a majority Muslim country. This has been pretty clear in the office as most of our local employees are Muslim and have been fasting during the holy … Continue reading

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Here comes the rain again!

We are in the middle of the rainy season here in Guinea and this means two or three months of endless rain. That is what people told me when I arrived but I believed that this might be a slight … Continue reading

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Pursuit of Happiness… In South Africa

In the previous post of this series I spoke about the fact that Raquel and I have made a decision and taken a risk which will change our lives from this point onwards. However the decisions taken were taken after … Continue reading

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When Guinea gave the finger to Charles de Gaulle and France!

I’m currently rereading a book I read in 2009 called The State of Africa: A History of the Continent Since Independence. For those who have an interest in Africa this is a great book as it provides with a good … Continue reading

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C’est la vie à Conakry!

Yesterday while scouring Conakry in search for a working ATM, we weaved between the streets the downtown area which gave me a great opportunity for some hidden iPhotography! Enjoy!

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London in an Insta(gram)!

After doing the series of instragram photos for Conakry, I realised that I could do the same for London as I took quite a few photos with my phone. Some of these photos have featured on the Photo of the … Continue reading

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Conakry in an Insta(gram)!

One of the reasons I love my iPhone is the quality of the photos it takes and a nifty little app which Mark Zuckerberg thought worth buying: Instagram. I’ve been using Instagram for while now; Initially on my iPod Touch … Continue reading

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Please don’t stop the Music! West Africa and its Musical Legacy!

West Africa for me is synonymous with great music, even though my West African music education is limited, names like Ali Farka Toure, Amadou et Mariam, Salif Keita and Tinariwen come to mind (though these are all Malian). The possible … Continue reading

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C’est Pas Facile Pour Moi: One month in Conakry

Reaching a month into a new expat experience is always a milestone worth writing about regardless of whether it is positive or negative. I like writing about these milestones as they provide me with sort of a ‘happiness timeline’ of … Continue reading

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How much does milk cost in Guinea? – The Expat Conundrum!

There is one thing I’m absolutely useless in and that is keeping track of how much things cost. Raquel is my price checker when it comes food and most household items. The truth is I’m used to being an expat … Continue reading

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