Around the World

When I began blogging one of the biggest surprises to me was the incredible community of people I became acquainted with.

What really amazed me was the way in which I was easily able to connect with people from all over the world.

Here is a roundup of blogs I have really enjoyed and learned from featuring people who live outside of the United States. This collection of blogs is filled with funny stories, tragic real life happenings, and stunning photography. Explore and enjoy!

Tanza-Longs

Follow along as this British blogger packs up his wife and two teenagers to move to Tanzania. His lifelong dream has been to teach in Africa, and in August, this family will make the big move. Selling their house, deciding which household items to bring and what to leave behind, as well as determining the safety of Tanzania are just a few of the interesting topics covered in this blog. Tanza-Longs also features write-ups and amazing photos from other family adventures.

Aisha’s Oasis

Ready for a love story? Follow Aisha’s blog as she chronicles how she traveled all the way from the U.S. to Egypt to find her happily ever after. After “meeting” online and corresponding for only 50 days, Aisha flew to Egypt and married her Prince Charming less than 24 hours meeting him in person. She saved all of their emails which she shares on her blog along with details of their whirlwind courtship. Also featured on Aisha’s blog are interesting posts about Egyptian culture and her transition into her new life there. One of my favorite posts is about how just about everything in Egypt is paid for in cash. It was fascinating! Here it is.

The TransNationalist

The subtitle of this blog is “Reflections of a Diasporian” which sent me running for my dictionary. Diaspora means: the dispersion of any people from their original homeland. The TransNationalist is authored by a Somali woman who shines a light on issues faced by those living in the Somali diaspora. Some topics covered on her blog include refugee women, rape, child marriage, and the use of tradition to hide misogyny. A must read entry on her blog is here.

Janey in Mersin

Ready for a change in scenery? Janey and her daughter certainly were. Almost a year ago, this duo packed their bags and moved from Australia to a small fishing village in Turkey. Life has been full of fun and adventures for these two as they’ve learned to live without the latest technology, maneuvered through ridiculously complicated bureaucracy, and explored a new culture. Janey’s posts are informative and absolutely hilarious as she describes her new and very different life in Turkey. One of my favorite posts is here, Turkish High Tea, when the neighborhood ladies invite themselves over for tea.

Waxy World

Wax is a blogger who lives in the Philippines. She is a high school teacher, musician, writer and also the primary bread-winner for her family. The love Wax has for her family shines through in all of her posts. Reading her various posts provides an intimate look at the day-to-day routines of a Filipino citizen. Wax sprinkles in a bit of Tagalong here and there, but don’t worry about being confused because she provides a handy linked glossary for users to reference. I really enjoyed Wax’s post about her dad’s surgery as it showed me how different  health care is in the Philippines compared to the U.S. After reading this, Obamacare looks pretty good!

Teaching Wanderlust

The subtitle of this blog is: The tales of an international educator, teaching her way around the world, one country at a time. Wow, does that sound like fun, or what? As a teacher, I was immediately sucked into this interesting and informative blog. Teaching Wanderlust contains tons of information about how to land a job overseas, what it’s like to teach overseas, and of course, how to look sexy while traveling. Her post on how to save money to travel the world was very helpful and made me really admire her dedication. Currently, Teaching Wanderlust is in Venezuela.

 

20 thoughts on “Around the World

  1. Lovely post! One of the best things about blogging is that one can connect with people one would never dream of meeting otherwise, yes? 🙂

  2. Great list of blogs for me to explore! Isn’t it interesting that my list included two of the same people as yours did – Janey in Mersin and Aisha’s Oasis. I remember reading about the wonderful Turkish high tea and Aisha’s love story.

    Your blog has a great look – very clear and easy to read. 🙂

  3. Hey, thanks! And I’m ready to explore those other blogs, too! Especially that one who also met someone on-line. Hehe. Just a correction though. Blue stands for peace on our flag and red stands for courage. If red is on top, it means we are under war or not in peace. What I’m saying is… the flag is upside down. Hehe. Peace! 🙂

  4. Aawww thank you for including me in your post, I had a good read of some of these other blogs and they were amazing! I particularly loved Tanza-Longs and found myself laughing at a few of the posts.

    • How did you get the map to show up? That would be a cool feature to add! My daughter visited your blog today and loved it. She’s getting ready to go on a three week trip to Peru with a college friend. So jealous!! 🙂

    • You’re welcome. It sure is fun to travel to all of these cool places virtually…now if I could only go there for real! Maybe when we’re done paying for college for our children!!

  5. These are really great blogs! Love the whole “around the world” flavor you gave here as well. Nothing quite like a literary sampling of various ideas from around the globe! Thanks for these! 🙂

  6. Pingback: Blogroll, roundup, thanks, and see ya later bye bye! | Pretend to be Nice

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