Did you know Bousher’s stunningly beautiful Mohammed Al Ameen Mosque was open to non-Muslims? … More Al Ameen Mosque
The story of how a social blunder in Damascus turned into a great food exchange … More Kibbeh, Kabab, Kanufa – Oh My
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
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
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
I am not a third culture kid. I grew up in the house my parents bought before I was born, where they still live today. My dad prefers to travel to places where he has been before – I’m sure you can all imagine how that influenced my childhood holiday pattern. Still, I knew early … More Reflections from a conference; can expats use their skills to influence the world?
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 … More Welcome to The Other Trail