Are you a writer? Do you aspire to be a writer? Follow me, walk through that open door.

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.

You don’t have to do it all. Not today, anyway

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

Would you consider expat home schooling?

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?

From law to coaching and everything in between

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

Small talk and networking for introverts. The Silence – and 7 ways to avoid it

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