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?
The other day, the oldest one had a classmate over to the house. The friend’s mum and I shared a cup of tea in the garden. We don’t know each other well, so we talked about ‘safe’ topics, like, what are your plans for the summer holiday? And then it turned interesting. She wanted to … More When diversity is the only reality you know
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
‘Moving season’ has started. I see it in my inbox: ‘Hi, I have a friend who is moving to Muscat. Would you mind if I introduced you, she has tons of questions?’ It pops up on my social calendar: ‘Please join us for a farewell brunch before we head off.’ I feel it in my … More Reflections on transitions
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
Today, I took my kids to Happyland, an indoor play center here in Muscat. Surprisingly, they love it. Unsurprisingly, I don’t. Watching my two daughters zooming around on a carousel full of blinking lights that is supposed to be the galaxy, I feel it. The fear, creeping up on me. Has the machine been maintained … More Do you allow fear to live in your mind?