Hi, I’m Jay.  Nice to meet you!

I started this blog 2 years ago hoping to keep in touch with our friends & family in Canada and around the world but I love that it’s now reached a wider audience.  For those of you who don’t know me…

I used to spend my days shaping the minds of today’s youth (yes, I’m a teacher) but I left that behind to join the ranks of the expat housewives.

In July 2010, my husband (then boyfriend) and I jumped at the opportunity to move overseas with his job.  Here we are halfway across the world in West Africa; Gabon to be exact.  Life isn’t always easy over here but we are having the time of our lives learning, traveling and adjusting to life overseas.

I’m most happy with a good book and a good coffee.  I’m a bit of a self-titled snob when it comes to literature and music and I love a rousing debate, much to my husband’s dismay.  Travel is imminent, especially while living abroad, and now that I’m not working, I spend a lot of time researching possible destinations.  While I love learning about different cultures, I’m not a backpacker and I feel much more comfortable in a top-rated boutique hotel and dining in fabulous restaurants.

Thank you so much for stopping by and I sure hope you decide to visit often!


10 responses

23 09 2011
Beth Font

Ran across your blog while looking for pics of Sogara. Our family was in POG for about 8 months 2007-2008 and we loved it. I hope you have as many wonderful experiences as we did! Now that our little one is older, we’re looking to go back 🙂 bonne soiree!

25 09 2011

Hi Beth – thanks for reading! Generally, POG is pretty good as long as you aren’t waiting to get anything done!

8 04 2012
Grant Surtees

Wow! I stumbled on your blog by mistake today, looking for “Things to do in POG”. Very cool and informative. I’m actually staying in L’Hirondelle hotel in POG. I am supposed to be flying around Gabon but my helicopter is grounded (paperwork) so I’ve been sitting in the hotel room for over a week!

Anyway, I also started writing a blog of my experiences in Gabon (I’ve done 3 months – month on month off- this is the 4th) coming from South Africa, but have enjoyed yours with a very different view of life in POG.

Couldn’t believe how expensive this place is! Thank God my accommodation and meals is covered for me! 🙂

Anyway, just wanted to say “cool blog” and hope you’re having a good Easter Sunday.


12 04 2012

Thanks for stopping by Grant! I checked out your blog and had to giggle at a few things – my husband also does a lot of waiting around as things aren’t exactly that efficient in these parts.
(By the way, you won’t find much to do in POG – the beach, the beach & the beach! At least it’s nice!)

12 04 2012
jeannine nye

How brave of you, bet it gave your parents a few sleepless nights, but seeing how well you have done, I am sure they are all very proud of you… how long are you staying in Gabon, and when do you leave and where for next?? Look forward to hearing more, good luck, J

12 04 2012

Thanks for your sweet comment Jeannine! I think I still give my parents a few sleepless nights and there are many things I won’t blog about until we leave just to spare them the worry! I imagine we’ll be leaving Gabon before the end of 2012 but you’ll have to stay tuned for where!

20 04 2012

Hi, I love your blog! Sounds familiar to my journey – my husband (then boyfriend) & I left the UK in 2004 for ostensibly 1-3years in Zambia…..almost 8 years & two kids later we are in Botswana and who knows where next 🙂 I would love to live in West Africa for a change, Southern Africa can be a bit sleepy at times. I have also started a relocation business helping expats relocating to Africa – will definitely recommend you to anyone coming your way. Please check out my blogs & pass on my details to anyone you come across heading southwards. Cheers!

20 04 2012

I think there are a lot of people like us – however, both my husband and I giggled at ” I would love to live in West Africa for a change, Southern Africa can be a bit sleepy at times,” as I think we feel exactly the same way but vice versa!
Thanks for reading and I will most definitely check out your blog!

24 04 2012

Hello, r u still in Gabon?

26 04 2012
Expat Alien

I have nominated you for an an award. See my post here:


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