My name is Carole Hallett Mobbs and I am the mother of an expat child. I have spent the past seven years following my husband wherever his job takes him. In our circles I have the rather grim title of ‘trailing spouse’ but I’m much more than that!
We moved from Britain to Tokyo, Japan in 2006 when our daughter was five years old. After nearly five wonderful years in Tokyo, we moved to Berlin, Germany. A couple of years later we were off again to Pretoria, South Africa where we are now. Most of our daughter’s education has been overseas and now she is in a fabulous boarding school in the UK. So far, she has attended five schools in three countries.
I have travelled extensively. Most of my travels were done before having my daughter. Some of my trips were on business and some were holidays which were often extended back-packing travels. Almost all of them were done solo and independently. One day I’ll write a book about them. One day…
Having never actually lived overseas until 2006, we then plunged into Japan with a five-year old in tow. It was a fantastic opportunity for adventures and a challenging learning curve to match no other. We survived with assistance from more experienced expats and I would now like to help you find your own way to enjoy your new life in a different country.
- We have a cat and a dog who also trail around the world with us.
- I’m over-zealous at de-cluttering before a move which always culminates in me spending ages looking for a certain something in our new home, saying, “but I wouldn’t have chucked that out, surely?”. The answer is always “Yes”.
- I am not very good at grocery shopping and often end up with inedible ingredients in the interests of ‘trying something new’.
- I love being an expat.
- But I’m getting a little fed up with packing and unpacking nowadays.