SHE-LOGY: Another well-traveled expat, the mommy blogger behind Tiny Expats, celebrates the 3 most memorable female expats she met. I hope you get inspired as I did by the beautiful stories about these mommy-expats. Thank you for contributing to this project, Yuliya!
For more travel stories and expat life experiences, head over to Tiny Expats blog. How about you, who are your top 3 memorable women you’ve met along the way?
For She-logy project by Silver Lining Mama, I decided to write about 3 expat ladies I met along the way. All of them have different personalities, but they have all shown their strength by diving into an exciting, although not always easy, expat life.
AMY is a mother of six. Should I say more? Of course, there’s more to her story, but this fact alone deserves your respect. We met Amy’s family in Shanghai, where they moved, following her husband’s carrier. Not only did she care for her six kids, she home schooled all of them during their time in China. Some of you might have chosen not to move abroad, away from the family and usual surroundings, with so many children, but she thought, and I fully agree with her, that this was such an invaluable experience for them, opening their minds and showing them the world from a different perspective to the one they had growing up in US. Now they’re back at home, but all the reacher with the knowledge of other cultures and traditions. They host an exchange student from China and her oldest son practices his Chinese with this boy – would he decide to learn Chinese without these expat years? Anybody’s guess. You can read more about Amy and her decision to move to China in this post she wrote for my Tiny Travellers project.
I met OLA in Shanghai as well. You can call her a serial expat, I think, as she moved from Poland to Germany at a young age and years later followed her husband to China with two kids. Pretty soon after their arrival, their family of four welcomed another tiny member, leaving Ola with an almost-teenager and two kids under 2. Due to some complications, she had to fly from China to Germany, heavily pregnant, to have a baby delivered in a German hospital, and later came back to Shanghai with a newborn. Moreover, she had her toddler with her on those flights to Germany and back – a brave woman. Fortunately enough, it is pretty affordable to get help in China and their ayi was on hand to help her out with household chores and looking after the kids, but being a mom of a newborn and a toddler was still a very demeaning job. However, Ola still managed to find time to get Chinese lessons and soon enough she could speak to locals without interpreters (making this her 4th language in addition to native Polish, fluent German and fluent English).
ÖGE’s husband came to Pardubice, CZ, from Turkey to do his PhD and, not willing to stay away from him for too long, she found herself a post doc job in microbiology in the same university. Their daughter attends the same bilingual kindergarten with our oldest one. Even though Öge was sad to miss out on those sunny Turkish days, it didn’t stop her from not only becoming a trailing spouse, but continuing her academic life in another country and taking care of their daughter without the help of a grandmother. It might be difficult for them here, as not a lot of people speak English in this little town, nevertheless, she still thinks that this experience was beneficial not only for her and her husband, but for her 5 year old as well, who got a chance to learn that there’s so much more to discover outside her native country.
Expat life can get tough, but these ladies prove the point that you can overcome the difficulties, making sure that your family benefits from all that it has to offer.
SHE-LOGY is a blog project open to everyone who is interested to celebrate women this whole month of March. If you’re reading this, I extend that invitation to you to contribute post/s about the women you’d like to honor. You can email me firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for reading this.