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How a Dutch dream came true in Nigeria

Micky Nijboer strides through the Saddle Club with contagious enthusiasm. ‘Let me show you around this little piece of paradise.’ The 9-hectare oasis lies in the pounding heart of Lagos – one of the world’s most densely crowded megacities. Outside the perimeter wall, car horns, street hawkers and truck motors screech and roar. But tranquillity blankets the horse-riding club this Wednesday morning. A gardener splashes...

Confessions of a GPS addict

I once left my office more than an hour early for a meeting that was technically a 15-minute drive away. I was in a new city; map on the dashboard and nerves carefully strapped under the seatbelt. Exactly one hour later I spotted my office to the left – like a lost dog I’d managed to sniff my way home. Through tear-blurred vision, I stubbornly tried again and found the building, just in time to watch my colleagues head...

The Cure for Culture Shock

This article first appeared in Global Living Magazine, Jan/Feb 2015 http://globallivingmagazine.com/jan-feb-2015-issue-released/ If you are about to move to live in a new country, you may be wishing there was an inoculation against the dreaded, inevitable culture shock. Well, I have some news for you: culture shock is not inevitable and there is something you can do about it. In popular writing today, culture shock is most...

Expatriation: What’s in it for you?

Question: Are you the partner of an international employee? Have you struggled with the need to reinvent yourself at each new posting? Do you wonder what you are going to do during your time in Lagos?  If you answer yes to any of the above, come to a workshop that will inspire you to find meaningful opportunities for yourself during your time in Lagos and for the duration of your mobile life. What: Workshop –...

TCKs don’t do ‘favourite places’

Growing up as a globally mobile kid, I occasionally felt bullied into defining my international identity in ways that made me uncomfortable. This happened, for example, when people insisted I give them an answer to the question, “So of all the places you’ve lived, what’s your favourite?” If people who don’t move have one favourite place, shouldn’t I have one too? But we don’t. Global nomads know that because we...

The blindness of expat privilege

“An expat is anyone who lives in a country outside their birthplace.” Right, so that would make South Asian ‘guest workers’ in Dubai expats, right? Well, no. Those guest workers are manual labourers who work for low wages. OK, so to be an expat you have live outside your passport country AND have a well-paying job. Well, that would make many immigrants expats but we wouldn’t call them expats because they plan on...
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