12 Expat Facts About Me


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 …


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8 Responses to 12 Expat Facts About Me

  1. DrieCulturen July 30, 2012 at 5:38 am #

    How interesting! I did not know you were a third culture kid too (and you grew up in Africa, just like I did). I was born in Zambia, lived in Malawi and Zimbabwe. Then went to university in my “home country”(?) the Netherlands. That’s when I had a close encounter with a culture shock. I did not fit in either. I would love to read more about your youth experiences. Have you written about them? greetings Janneke @DrieCulturen

    • Kama July 30, 2012 at 6:24 am #

      Hi Janneke, I always love connecting with other Third Culture Kids. I just went to look at your website, looks interesting, I will have to do some reading. Seems like we have had similar experiences. I haven’t really written about my youth experiences but people keep asking me if I can, so I just might. Stay in touch. Kama

  2. Peggy August 2, 2012 at 12:41 am #

    Thank you so much, Kama; for the view inside part of your life! As someone who has never been to any of the places you have lived, it’s great to hear how much you loved being in each of them and had really great experiences in all of them.

    I love the adventure that you and your husband have now embarked on. It’s so much more fun to see a new place through the eyes of someone who is living there, even if it’s for a short time; rather than a visitor who is only there for a week or two, just see the tourist attractions. Would you say that after all your travels there is one place you like to return to the most? Or are you always searching for somewhere to stay that you’ve never been before?


    • Kama August 2, 2012 at 12:57 am #

      Peggy, That is the ultimate Third Culture Kid question. I love Australia and I am quite sure this will be my home form now on but in all honesty I don’t think I will ever fully settle anywhere. I am learning to settle within myself and enjoy wherever I happen to be, it seems to be the only way. I hope to start writing about this topic soon because so many people ask me this question and it is so relevant for others who have moved around all of their lives. Thank you for asking.

  3. Cherie Lawrence August 2, 2012 at 11:41 pm #

    I’m not familiar with the term Third Culture Kid but I am sure my kids will be Third Culture kids. I have long dreamed of being an expat and experiencing other cultures around the world. The mere thought makes me heart sing! I do wonder how I will feel when it finally happens. I’ve read blogs of others who experience culture shock and then the experience is ruined for them. I hope that I will not have that experience. I want to see and do almost everything! I most called to London and Tokyo. I’m also super excited to see China and Korea.
    I do understand the feeling of not knowing where your home is, as I’ve experienced the same feeling here in the US. That is because I moved so often from state to state. So when others ask me where I’m from, I don’t really know what to say. I suppose I would choose Las Vegas because I was there the longest with the most memories. But I wasn’t born there and have no plans on living there again.
    What a beautiful post. I hope to read more!!

    • Kama August 3, 2012 at 2:48 am #

      Cherie, Thank you for your lovely comment. Moving state to state is almost the same as moving country to country. Each state is so different so each experience is different, so I am sure you will be fine moving overseas. You could always read my book in preparation (http://www.thehappymigrant.com/e-books/). I have been asked recently by a few people to write about my Expat and Third Culture Kid experiences so I will start on that soon. I am currently 30 mins from London. My partner Wayne and I usually live in Australia but in April we put everything in storage and decided to see where life takes us (http://www.thehappymigrant.com/2012/07/08/life-takes/). I hope you get to experience living overseas, it really is life changing!!

  4. Roy A. Ackerman, Ph.D., E.A. August 3, 2012 at 1:19 am #

    I thought you had to have a home to be an ex-pat!
    Loved the story and thanks for sharing.

    • Kama August 3, 2012 at 2:40 am #

      Roy, I have been an Expat I am now a wandering traveller :)

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