Oh, hello there.
My name is Victoria, I’m a (freelance) writer, (amateur) photographer, (self-taught) designer, (hopeful) traveler, (full-time) coordinator, (avid) reader, (wannabe) educator, and (global) observer. And that’s the short list.
My academic background is in history, global affairs, and political science; primarily focused on the Middle East. I grew up in the region, and as an American, am all-too-often inundated with questions like “Do you speak Saudi?” Often, this question is asked by people who follow it up with, “I’ve always wanted to go to the Middle East!”
Hm, without knowing anything about it?
I started Safar because I not only believe it’s important to be conscientious travelers — which includes learning about the customs, people and cultures of the places you visit — but also for people to understand that we do not live in a black-and-white world.
That in fact, our world is a kaleidoscope of color. Which actually encompasses more than just the planet we rent BMW vans, and book expensive tickets to traverse.
Global nomad? Nope. You are a Planetary Nomad.
Welcome to the future buddy, and learn some things.
You can visit my LinkedIn here, communicate with me on Twitter @victoria_heath7 and/or send me an email at email@example.com
May 27, 2017 at 1:05 am
As a doctoral candidate (and US expat living in the KSA) who is researching the experiences of repatriated Saudi TCKs, I’m happy to have found this blog, as it provides an interesting change of perspective.
There are many similarities however with your feelings upon repatriating and those felt by Saudi kids who return here.
Thank you for setting up this blog!
May 29, 2017 at 9:11 am
Hi Todd! I’m glad you discovered the blog and feel like it resonates with you. I’d love to have you contribute if you’d like! I’m really interested to hear more about your research and share it with the network of TCKs I know of. Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested. 🙂
July 8, 2017 at 10:21 am
Hi Victoria. I just found your blog today. It is very interesting. I am Lisa an Indonesian, currently living in Saudi Arabia. I had lived in Dammam for 8 and half years and just moved recently to Jeddah 6 months ago. I can say that my children are TCK. They lived in Indonesia for a while, moved to the US, Thailand and KSA. Now they are in Canada to pursue their study. They go to the University Of Toronto.
Thank you for setting up this blog.
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July 10, 2017 at 10:51 am
Hi Lisa! Thank you so much for commenting and I’m glad you were able to find the blog, and connect to it! Not only would I love to connect with you over perhaps collaborating on a contribution, but I would actually love to connect with your children at UofT as well (I’m living now in Toronto) to see if they’d like to contribute. I started a TCK video series recently and am looking for some new people to feature.
Let me know if that’s possibility, you can email me at email@example.com 🙂