Tag: expat life

Dear United Arab Emirates (Thanks for being there for me)

Dear United Arab Emirates (Thanks for being there for me)

Dear U.A.E,  You and I have been officially together since Thursday, 20th July 2017. You were the only country I had visited before I went to live there and my first impressions of you during my visits here were so misguided. It was only after a…

To leave or not to leave… the expat’s eternal dilemma

To leave or not to leave… the expat’s eternal dilemma

I know I am not ready to leave Dubai. But I also know I cannot stay any longer. What am I talking about? Well let’s start from the beginning… Moving between countries is not a particularly odd concept anymore, with the rise of digital nomadism…

What should YOU do if someone you know is moving abroad?!

What should YOU do if someone you know is moving abroad?!

It’s the season where lots of people have accepted jobs abroad and are preparing to shift their lives to a new country, a new culture and a completely foreign lifestyle. Often the people who are moving are bombarded with advice when they’re about to leave-…

Losing your job while living abroad

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…

Life in the Middle East: Expat Women Speak Out

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. …

The unglamorous life of an Expat Blogger

The unglamorous life of an Expat Blogger

Whenever people hear that I have a blog (a piece of information usually revealed by someone in my company and not myself), it’s almost always followed by the remark: “Oh! How glamorous!” I never how to respond to that because of two reasons: -Being a…

How I ended up having high tea on top of Abu Dhabi!

How I ended up having high tea on top of Abu Dhabi!

As I ease into my new life here in Abu Dhabi, I’m slowly getting out and about to begin exploring. The scorching temperatures at this time of year coupled with unparalleled humidity means that life moves at a slower pace here. Honestly, it’s a real…

Expat Panda turns 1!

Expat Panda turns 1!

Last year on this date I publicly launched this blog. Can you believe its only been a year? I really can’t.   When I think back to a year ago, I honestly never would have thought Expat Panda would be where it is today. I’m…

Moving from the developing to the developed world: A scholar’s tale

Moving from the developing to the developed world: A scholar’s tale

Joy and I have been friends since 2010. She is the quintessential success story of a small city African girl who has hit the big time as she flounces around Los Angeles eating brunches with kale and enjoying bottomless mimosas. Lets just say that I always knew…

What does it take to be a Zimbabwean in South Africa?

What does it take to be a Zimbabwean in South Africa?

Welcome to part two of my guest writer series- Panda’s Penpals. Today’s post is simple but thought-provoking. Most of my readers know what its like to be a foreigner in someone else’s land; but have you ever thought about what it takes for some to be a…