For those of you who wonder who I am and why I have written “The Happy Migrant – Your Relocation Survival Guide” I thought I would give you a bit of history and a few Expat facts about me …
1. I was born in London
2. At the age of 13 I moved to Tanzania, East-Africa where i attended The International School of Tanganyika. I also spent a lot of time sailing, going to parties and generally doing nothing with friends. I loved it in Tanzania and I feel it was a privilege to spend much of my teenage life there.
3. At the age of 16 I move to Christchurch, New Zealand for a year where I attended Rangi Ruru Girls School. It was a fabulous year. I spent my time with the neighbourhood teens, some who are still good friends today.
4. At the age of 17 I moved back to Tanzania and also spent a brief time in Malawi. While there I met my Norwegian husband to be. I then moved briefly to the UK where I worked in a flower shop as a florist trainee.
5. At age 18 I moved to Toronto, Canada. I loved it! I worked in The Flower Department of The Eaton Centre. I met some great people and had non stop fun. I loved living in the city of Toronto.
6. While still 18 I moved to Trondheim, Norway to be with my Norwegian husband to be. I lived in Trondheim for 10 years. We ran our own business and in between had two boys.
7. After 10 years in Trondheim we moved to Oslo with my husbands job.
8. We then moved to Den Hague, The Netherlands for a year. I was not allowed to work so I enjoyed having time for my boys and being at home.
9. After a year we moved to Singapore. Wow this was fun. A warm climate, a beautiful house and lots of great people.
10. After only a few months in Singapore my marriage ended when my husband met someone else. I wanted to return home but didn’t know where that was. I moved to New Zealand where I have family and could spend time healing.
11. While in New Zealand I met a man. He was from Australia and after 21 years wanted to return. So after 3 years together in New Zealand we moved to The Sunshine Coast, Australia.
12. During our 4 years in Australia, and after hearing my stories of travel, my new man decided he wanted to experience life on the road. So in April 2012 we put everything in storage and decided to see where we would end up. So far we have visited Aix-en-Provence France, Toronto Canada, Tonsberg Norway, Feungirola Spain, and now we are in the UK.
As you can see I have spent a lot of time moving around and I am still going. 4 years is the longest I have lived in one house and I am still unsure where home is. What I have discovered is that it is important to enjoy where I am at the time and to make the most of my experiences.
I have met so many people in my expat years who feel constantly unsettled moving to a new place. They feel lost and often find it difficult to find friends. It is for this reason that I wrote The Happy Migrant. It doesn’t have to be difficult, in fact, moving around can be fun!
If you have any questions about the book please send me an e-mail or write a comment …