I feel an immense sense of accomplishment writing this today.
13 years ago, I embarked on my expat trail in Muscat, Oman – this wonderful corner of the world to where I have now returned. I was full of ideas and ambitions and I wanted more than anything to share my ideas and experiences as a freelance writer. I struggled, though. I struggled to solve technical challenges. I struggled to establish a network of contacts, abut most of all, I struggled to stop myself from falling into the 1950s housewife role that seemed so neatly laid out for me.
When my husband and I left Oman for Syria in 2007, we had a toddler and a baby on the way. When we left Syria for Borneo in 2010, we had three kids under 5. He was working, I was at home. Without really realizing, I had become ‘The Parent’. I kept writing, but it never took priority.
Moving back to Muscat in 2014, with the littlest one starting full day school, I knew things had to change. Indeed, the first text I wrote after moving was a promise; to rediscover my anthropological roots and my love of writing, and move forward.
The Other Trail is that move.
Having spent over a decade in the Middle East, I am passionate about sharing my love for the region and show that there is so much more to it than the war and destruction often shared in media outlets. The Other Trail shares down to earth, real life stories from Oman – this beautiful little corner of the world full of natural beauty, amazing mosques, to-die-for-food and super-friendly people.