Excerpts from expat life
This expat interview comes from my friend, Clara Wiggins, here in South Africa. Clara has contributed some excellent articles to ExpatChild in the past and, as well as working and parenting, has also managed to find time to write a useful book, The Expat Partner’s Survival Guide.
WHERE DO YOU CURRENTLY LIVE AND HOW DID YOU COME TO BE THERE?
I currently live in Pretoria, South Africa. We have been here for five months and are here because of my husband’s job at the British High Commission. It is our third posting as a family – we have previously lived in Pakistan and St Lucia.
WHAT DOES ‘HOME’ MEAN TO YOU?
Having travelled on and off all my life, home is the one place that is a constant – in my case, this is the UK. Whenever we lived abroad when I was a child, we always knew that we would return to our home country. Although I love being an expat and exploring the rest of the world, I also love going “home” – the changing of the seasons, the telly, the fish and chips, the humour… there is always something about the cold, grey M25 on the first drive from the airport back to our house that makes me happy.
DO YOU HAVE A FEW WORDS OF ADVICE ON COPING WITH THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF A MOVE?