Humorous insights and wisdom from famous writers about the travails of the writing life.
I hail from the Netherlands and grew up eating lots of Gouda cheese, riding a bike to school, and not wearing wooden shoes. Having adventurous Dutch genes, I married an American Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya, East Africa, in an odd if humorous 10-minute ceremony that fortunately has stuck so far. My man is a development economist and I follow him around the world and watch him toil running projects that assist business and agricultural enterprises in developing countries. I have cooked, shopped, mothered, traveled and written stories in Africa, Asia, Europe, the US and the Middle East. I'm an expat writer not living in paradise (like Peter Mayle or Frances Mayes). I do not drink wine from my own grapes or tend my own olive groves. I have, however, visited my butcher's bedroom in Palestine, eaten fertility sausage in Kenya, and almost landed in prison in Uganda.
Are we speaking English in Kenya? I was annoyed with the response I received when I offered tea to two rain-drenched African girls. Sheesh!
In Indonesia, my four-year-old expat daughter is outraged and in tears, suffering from a culture crisis. Is it funny?
How getting your daily fix of good bread can make you feel like a criminal. If you live abroad, politics may get in the way of your habit.
Living abroad I’m enthralled by the fun of small stuff, the funky details, the touching scenes and happenings you find in foreign climes.