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.
While I have been fortunate enough to live in several Muslim countries, it has been a few years since I last experienced the holy month of Ramadan in one. I’ll be honest enough to admit that initially, I was less than enthusiastic at the prospect of Ramadan in Muscat. Combining end of year farewells, busy … More Eid Mubarak
The last few weeks before summer holiday are a manic flurry of activity. In a high mobility expat community such as the one I live in, end of year celebrations at school are joined by leaving parties for friends moving on and distraught children (and adults) saying farewell to important people in their lives. Combine … More You don’t have to do it all. Not today, anyway
Damascus in my heart In the early days of December 2007, I stood on Mount Qasioun with my husband and my daughter and looked out over the sprawling city of Damascus, hoping that we could make a happy home there. Three years later, we left this amazing country where we had made our home. … More Damascus – forever in my heart
We’ve done 5 of the 6 sessions of our course in InterCultural Intelligence* and I love it. I love the content, mostly not novel, but at least good to get an overview; I love our group even more. What is a better group to learn about intercultural intelligence than one with people with roots in at … More Learning about InterCultural Intelligence in an intercultural setting
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