Losing your job while living abroad

Losing your job is always traumatic no matter where you are; but losing your job abroad is somewhat more perplexing because it means that soon you may have nowhere to live! Expats know that their jobs are not forever; foreign laws change frequently, companies close and shut down at an alarming rate and well, ANYTHING […]

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The “Quirks” of traveling to Iran: Everything you need to know

As a person with a passport from a third world country, I understand the many barriers to traveling. From expensive visa costs to mounds of paperwork to language barriers to currencies you can’t afford to exchange your money into… believe me I GET IT.   But when your barrier to travel stems from a lack […]

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Iran: Why you SHOULD travel to the place everyone warns you against!

The city was a vast, intricate, labyrinth of noisy, streets and alleys. You could hear the incessant foreign chatter of busy people everywhere you went. Impatient businessmen who had just finished work, mothers who were buying their children ice-cream after a long day at school, college students buying themselves falafel sandwiches before their evening classes. […]

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Life in the Middle East: Expat Women Speak Out

A lot of people accuse me of lying.   They think I lie about what life is like in the Middle East for a woman. They’re convinced that I am secretly being oppressed but somehow am covering it up for the sake of my blog.  I read their messages and comments sometimes and I oscillate […]

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A glow in the dark garden and an underwater zoo…

As a blogger that lives in the UAE, I get a lot of questions from people who want to visit this country and even questions from those that live here. They usually range from the outlandish, “Do I need to speak Arabic to visit the UAE?” to the more sedate, “What are some fun activities […]

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8 things you’ve heard if you’re ethnically ambiguous

I never stood out where I grew up. I looked just like every other girl that went to my high school and never got stared at in shopping malls. I was never questioned about my ethnicity or nationality… until I moved abroad. And then suddenly… it was the opening for every conversation people would have […]

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A new addition to the Abu Dhabi skyline

There are so many things I like about living in Abu Dhabi.   “Like what?” For starters, an abundance of excellent food, well constructed infrastructure and the general sensibility of people in charge. “What do you mean?” Well, Abu Dhabi is always on the lookout for ways to increase tourists to the emirate. Instead of […]

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