When I moved to Muscat from a sleepy little town on Borneo three years ago, the roads here terrified me. Granted, some drivers in the sleepy town on Borneo had a tendency to ignore red lights, but at least they did so at 60 km/h and not 120. Muscat roads seemed fast and furious by … More The unwritten rules of Muscat Expressway
When I first started my path as an expat partner, we had a slow dial-up internet connection. Annoyingly, websites I needed were often blocked. Actually, looking back, I seem to have had a longstanding relationship with The Ridiculously Slow Internet, everywhere I’ve lived. Now that I have finally welcomed Broadband into my home, I know … More The expat partner resources I wish I had 10 years ago
Five years ago, I lived on Borneo, with three kids under 6. I was The Parent of my household. I can’t really say how it happened – I certainly never intended to be The Parent. If you were to ask The Wage-earning Partner in my marriage, I suspect you may hear a distant cough sounding like … More Are you a writer? Do you aspire to be a writer? Follow me, walk through that open door.
Years ago, when I had just moved to Damascus, I read Bridgid Keenan’s Diplomatic Baggage, looking to bring some humor into organizing my life around water cuts, power cuts, petrol queues and empty ATMs. I knew that Ms. Keenan had lived in Damascus, and grown to love it. Her chapter was exactly what I was looking for, … More 5 reasons why I love my English class
Education and the expat path Educational needs for kids is an important aspect of decision making for expats on the move. Different school systems, international school, local school, boarding school… Indeed, with my oldest fast approaching middle school, I know I may have some difficult choices to make a year from now, when it’s our turn … More Would you consider expat home schooling?
Gerda van Loon, today’s trailblazer here on The Other Trail, works as a personal development and intercultural communication coach in Muscat. Through her Netherlands based company 3C Coaching , she helps expats and Omanis work on their personal development. Coaching wasn’t Gerda’s first career though. In 2006, she lived in The Netherlands with her husband … More From law to coaching and everything in between
Walking into a room full of strangers is a challenge to me. I am an introvert. Socializing for a long period of time makes me feel exhausted. I don’t like large crowds. I don’t like being the center of attention. I most definitely don’t like small talk; the ‘get to know you’ conversations we engage … More Small talk and networking for introverts. The Silence – and 7 ways to avoid it