Tag: life in the gulf

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.  […]

5 thoughts you have after leaving the Gulf!

5 thoughts you have after leaving the Gulf!

Am I the only person who feels a little emotional every time they land in their home country? Last week I traveled from Kuwait to South Africa for the first time in 10 months. As the plane hit South African airspace, there was noticeable change […]

Get to know the person behind the blog!

Get to know the person behind the blog!

  Over the past few months, I have been lucky enough to have gathered heaps of new followers and visitors to the blog. As they say here in the Middle East: !مرحبا Pronounced as: Marhaba! Simply meaning: Welcome!   As WordPress says, “Traffic is booming” […]

FAQs about Kuwait

FAQs about Kuwait

This is a collection of the questions I have been asked about Kuwait via this blog or in person or they are questions that were passed along from friends, family or strangers. You might find some of it enlightening, entertaining  or just plain silly! Is […]

3 stages of adjusting to life in Kuwait

3 stages of adjusting to life in Kuwait

 “We can not direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails”   Expat life is made up of changes. Some are really remarkable, others barely perceptible. What we all experience, to some extent, are the stages we go through before we adjust and make […]

Life in Kuwait: Desert drive of doom

Life in Kuwait: Desert drive of doom

This is NOT a post outlining how I went dune bashing with a tour group, camping with Bedouins or barbecuing in the desert. This is the story of yet another mad escapade in the life of a crazy Panda!   So it was the weekend and […]

Life in Kuwait: Hitting the Halfway Mark

Life in Kuwait: Hitting the Halfway Mark

It’s been a while since I wrote a personal post so I figure that it is time for an update on my life. As of tomorrow, I will have officially hit the halfway mark of my time here in Kuwait (I leave Kuwait in June […]

So what happens when you move to the Middle East?

So what happens when you move to the Middle East?

Every expat who lives in the Middle East has a different experience especially depending on where you live. For those who don’t know and are too shy to admit it, the Middle East is a fluid and loose term used to refer to Arabic-speaking countries […]

The 20 things I learnt through traveling

The 20 things I learnt through traveling

While it may seem strange for me to say this, considering my profession, sometimes the most useful lessons are the ones we learn outside the classroom. And when your senses are being assulated by a new environment, culture and language, some lessons are more meaningful […]

Expat Panda is off again… Finally!

Expat Panda is off again… Finally!

This was the scene in my classroom this afternoon: All of this happy dancing was going on because I received my passport back! After three months of being stuck in Kuwait, it means that this restless panda can finally travel again! So in two weeks […]


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