On the first day of school every year, we always go around the room and you have to introduce yourself with your name, where you're from, and a fun fact about yourself. I dread this activity. Apart from never knowing what to say for the fun fact part, I never know where to say I'm from. If you asked me what my passport said, I would say the UK – although I haven't lived there for five years. If you ask me where I live, it would be Dubai – although I don't hold a passport from here. If we were asking in terms of my school, I would be American – although every time I visit America it's on a tourist visa. If it was where my parents were born, it would be Tanzania – although I've never lived there. If you were asking me about my ancestry, I would be a mix of Middle Eastern, Indian, and African. If you were asking me where I see myself in the future, I would not even know what to say... This question is so complicated to me – and any other expat – that it's impossible to fit into a quick sentence. So how do we know where we are really from?
This week's post is another in my Expat Wisdom series. If you're familiar with my blog, you'll know that each month I share the story of one expat in the hope of building a close-knit online community. This month I'm sharing the story of Jess, a Canadian expat living in Poland; read on for some of her expat wisdom!
While we were in England for the Christmas break, my family and I decided to take a day trip out to the Cotswolds. It's a place I've always wanted to visit as I've seen so many cute photos and I love the English countryside. Thanks to my dad's expert research we decided to visit the Rollright Stones and take a scenic walk around the area. Here are a few photos from our walk!
Even though I lived in London for most of my life, I’d never taken the short journey up to Scotland until this Christmas. It was definitely worth it and in this post I'll share a few of the places in Edinburgh that we visited. My family and I set off from Kings Cross Station in London and took the four-hour train ride to Edinburgh. Let me tell you, for someone who is a big Harry Potter fan this trip was so fun. We saw platform 9 3/4 as we left London and the train from Kings Cross to Edinburgh felt like we were on the Hogwarts Express - I loved it!
As this decade comes to an end and we see 2020 approaching it's time to start reflecting on the past year and set goals for the coming year – and even the coming decade. In previous years I've shared my own achievements from the past year and goals for the coming year in blog posts, but this year I thought I would do something a little different. I want to focus on one specific resolution that I think a lot of people may share, and which I believe I can share some advice on – travel! As an expatriate and Third Culture Kid, I have had the opportunity to travel to many different places around the world from vibrant and buzzing cities to remote rural villages. I love writing about my travel experiences on this blog and sharing my advice with you guys, and on your side, my travel posts are usually met with great enthusiasm! This year I am going to take a more forward role in writing about not only travel advice but sustainable travel advice, something I started in the summer when I wrote about New York; hopefully, I will be doing this in collaboration with the Unsustainable Magazine, a magazine I have written for before.
Christmas is only a few days away, but I wanted to give you all an early gift. This year I've created 8 different festive wallpapers for your phone so that you can feel all Christmassy every time you pick it up. They are all created by me and are completely free to download! All I ask is that you send me a photo of you using these wallpapers or tag me on Instagram @little.miss.expat if you use these.