15 years, 7 countries and 3 continents later, I call myself an eternal expat.
For the past few years, my husband and I have unknowingly and totally unconsciously started a new tradition: each time we moved as expats, we combined our international move with an international pregnancy. As a result I kept starting a pregnancy in one country and...read more
Until the very last second, I wasn’t sure if I would go. I berated myself for making this incredulous plan to begin with. Deciding in theory to take a few kid-free days to ourselves to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary seemed like a good idea at the time. My...read more
Languages fascinate me. But from as far as I can remember, I took the ability to speak more than 1 language completely for granted. It wasn’t until I became an expat and met my husband-to-be and built a life around speaking and hearing at least 4 foreign...read more
My Italian story starts with an Italian boy of course. Our first encounter was at a student orientation meeting in a university class, in the Southern English city of Brighton. When I asked him where he was from, he said to me with a grin “I’m Italian.” With a name...read more
When the moving van drove away with the container full of all our belongings, there was a huge lump in my throat. He took my hand in his, handed me my coat and suggested we go for a walk. As we stepped outside, it started to snow, pretty little droplets pelting us...read more
You wake up in the morning to discover both kids down with a mysterious sickness. It is a truth universally acknowledged that as soon as the expat husband turns on his travel switch, the kids turn on their sick switch. Cue in missed schooldays, doctor’s appointments,...read more
I am happy to share that I've recently agreed with the popular forum Expats in Dubai- Expat Connect to write articles relating to life as an expat in the UAE. In my first article to be published, I talk about some of the reasons I feel we have hit the "expat jackpot"...read more
Last month, I literally had the rug pulled from under my feet. I knew as soon as M came home. That look on his face, told me to sit down and brace myself for some bad news. “Our Dubai office is shutting down” he said, almost in disbelief himself. It was no secret that...read more
I recently did a really fun interview with Global Living Magazine, based in Arizona, United States. "My Expat Story" was published on May 24th, 2016 and here is the link to the interview: My Expat Story You can also read the full interview on here. Here's what they...read more
Its been an exciting month of May as the blog has gone viral - first being shared on the Wall Street Journal's Expat page on Facebook, then on Business Insider and finally on the Huffington Post! A big thank you to all of you for reading, liking, commenting and...read more
Hi, I’m Mariam! When I was 19 years old, I left my home in Karachi, Pakistan to go on an adventure. What started off with just me and one suitcase, has turned into a full-blown expat adventure. Read more about me and my family.