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Amy Thom, Cape Town

Posted by: Carole on Tuesday May 28, 2013 (12:58:25)   (4473 Reads)
Amy Thom
Who are you?

My name is Amy Thom. I’m a freelance writer, nonprofit research consultant and gypsy traveller extraordinaire. I’m originally from Chicago but escaped Midwestern winters and resettled in San Diego, California. During my 10+ years on the west coast, I earned an undergrad degree in International Studies, started a successful business as a personal chef, learned to speak Spanish and became an avid surfer. I have an innate entrepreneurial nature and sense of adventure, both of which have guided many of my major life decisions, and I have a passionate love for travel, global culture and the outdoors. I’ve come to appreciate being able to live in an international city where I can enjoy a balance between natural beauty and urban culture.   more ...

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South Africa

Sine Thieme, Johannesburg

Posted by: Carole on Sunday March 11, 2012 (22:20:23)   (17549 Reads)
Sine Thieme
My name is Sine Thieme and I am what they call a trailing spouse. Or sometimes dragged-by-her-feet spouse. I’ve had to pack up our household and four kids more times than I can remember, leaving behind places I’d just gotten comfortable in to set out for the next adventure, and reinventing myself in the process. Since 2010 our adventures have taken place in and around Johannesburg, South Africa, where I spend most of my time blogging about our expat life while enjoying the beautiful weather and friendly people.

The first time I moved abroad was at age 16, leaving Germany to become an exchange student in the United States for an entire year. I loved it so much that I returned a few years later for graduate school. After that I got married, had four kids, moved around from North Carolina to Wisconsin to Kansas, lived in Singapore for a couple of years, and became an American citizen, not necessarily in that order.   more ...

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South Africa

Jane, Johannesburg

Posted by: Carole on Thursday January 26, 2012 (21:19:02)   (4058 Reads)
My name is Jane. I'm an English-born expat currently living in Johannesburg, but as with most things in my life, it is a little more complicated than that. My first expat experience was living in Paris and working as a teaching assistant at a lycee. I was only there for a year, but it gave me a taste of living overseas. Seven years ago I fell in love with my American diplomat husband, and we haven't stopped moving since!

My first child was born not long after we moved to Luxembourg. As far as I was concerned, it was love at first sight. If my daughter seemed a little different from other kids, I put it down to the fact that she didn't speak the language. We made plans for our next move to La Paz, Bolivia, and I gave birth to my son two months before we left Luxembourg.   more ...

South Africa > Expat Experiences

South Africa

Caroline Collie, Gordon's Bay

Posted by: Carole on Friday December 09, 2011 (21:50:19)   (1799 Reads)
Gordon's Bay
What a deep question right off the bat! My name is Caroline Collie, and I'm an American married to a South African I met in Scotland. We work for a charity called Samaritan's Feet and have one delightful little Scottish-African-American son, and another on the way this month!

I first moved to Edinburgh, Scotland in 2005 to be a part of a team starting a church there. I studied and worked in Edinburgh for four years. While there I met my husband, who is South African, and about a year and a half into our marriage we decided to spend some time in SA before eventually settling down in the States (at least we think that's the plan.) So we packed up and moved from Scotland to South Africa in 2009, hoping to spend more time with his family and to have a positive impact in an amazing country.   more ...