Hello and welcome!
My name is Carole Hallett Mobbs and I am the mother of an expat child. I have spent the past eight years following my husband wherever his job takes him.
In 2006 when our daughter was five years old we moved from Britain to Tokyo, Japan and plunged into expat life in possibly one of the most ‘foreign’ countries in the world. It was wonderful! After nearly five amazing years in Tokyo, we moved to Berlin, Germany. And 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 which we all agree is quite enough for her, thank you.
Personally, I have travelled extensively. Most of my travels were done before motherhood. 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.
However, none of us had actually lived overseas until we moved to Japan. It was very much an ‘in at the deep end’ experience and 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.
Thank you for visiting ExpatChild. I hope you find the site useful.