About Expat Alien:
My book, Expat Alien, is a memoir. It takes the reader through the ups and downs of growing up without roots. We moved often and traveled constantly. Growing up as a Third Culture Kid, or TCK or Global Nomad, meant constantly adapting and adjusting to new places and new people and saying good bye to close friends.
By the time I was 18, I had lived on 5 continents. When I started college in California, I talked about traveling around Europe, seeing the sites from London to Athens, hiking up Swiss mountains, and living in Africa. I had survived a plane crash, a coup d’stat in Burma, earthquakes in Mexico, driven through the Andes in Colombia and fought off army ants in Nigeria. My college peers talked about football games, high school proms and television shows I had never heard of. I could not relate to them and they thought I was bragging about all the places I had been. To them I was like a space alien landing in their dorm room and talking about visiting the rings of Saturn.
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I was born in Burma, now called Myanmar. By the time I was 18 I had lived in Mexico, Colombia, Nigeria, Switzerland and the US. When I was 13, I went to boarding school in Texas and later I was in boarding school in Switzerland. As an adult I continued to travel and ended up living in Moscow, Russia for 9 years during the 1990’s. It was a very interesting time to be there. I currently live in Minnesota, USA.