about me

December 27, 2011:  I am a nomad, a pilgrim, a vagabond, a wanderer.  I discovered the art of living and working abroad, and now I’m hopelessly addicted. I love this world, full of surprises and adventures, and I love exploring as many nooks and crannies of it as I possibly can.  I hope I can do this for a long time to come.

yours truly at the mutrah souq

yours truly at the mutrah souq

I love pushing myself outside of my comfort zone.  I come to this adventure late in life, and I figure I better do my wandering now before there is no time left!  I have a yearning to make my life as interesting and rich as possible in this second half of my life.

Last year I taught English at the public schools in South Korea.  I taught at two elementary schools in Seongju, home of the yellow melon, and I lived in west Daegu.  It was my first experience living and working abroad, and though Korea was a huge challenge for me, it’s was one of the most transforming experiences of my life.

at the Muscat Gate Museum

at the Muscat Gate Museum

This past summer I went back to Virginia for 6 months, and during that time, I taught Speaking and Listening at Northern Virginia Community College.  I loved teaching there, but it was only an adjunct position, the pay was lousy, and I had to pay taxes.  In the ESL world, which I have fallen into purely by accident, teaching abroad pays the best.  And it offers the greatest opportunities and adventures.

So.  Here I am in Nizwa, Oman, teaching English at the University of Nizwa.  Right now, I’m working my way up the learning curve, trying to understand the culture and the expectations at the university.  I hope to eventually settle in and stay here for a couple of years. Insha’allah.

me in Aurangabad, India

me in Aurangabad, India

Here are some of my favorite quotes that might give you some hints about me:

“Who are these kids and why are they calling me mom?”

“Being unstable and bitchy is all part of my mystique.”

“The first 40 years of parenthood are always the hardest.”

“Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.”
~William James

me at the taj mahal, march 2011

me at the taj mahal, march 2011

“History does not repeat itself; it only rhymes.”
~Robert Brigham, Professor of History, Vassar College

“Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn!”
~Rhett Butler in “Gone With the Wind”

“Send me out into another life
lord because this one is growing faint
I do not think it goes all the way.”
~W.S. Merwin “Words from a Totem Animal”

Experience life in all possible ways — good-bad, bitter-sweet,
dark-light, summer-winter. Experience all the dualities. Don’t be afraid
of experience, because the more experience you have, the more mature you become.
~ Osho

yours truly in Jordan

yours truly in Jordan

“Being solitary is being alone well: being alone luxuriously immersed in doings of your own choice, aware of the fullness of your own presence rather than the absence of others.” ~Alice Koller

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
~ Mark Twain

“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the
barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” rumi

in Busan, South Korea.  April 2010.

in Busan, South Korea. April 2010.

“Much unhappiness has come into the world because of bewilderment and things left unsaid.”~ Fyodor Dostoevsky

Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born. ~Anais Nin

You create your future with the power of your intention. Intention is simply the conscious act of determining your future now. Health, harmony in relationships, happiness, money, creativity, and love will come to you in the future, based on your intentions now.

Intend every day and create your future life. (The Secret Daily Teachings)

“Blessed are the curious for they shall have adventures.”
– Lovelle Drachman

Don’t be afraid your life will end; be afraid it will never begin.
– Grace Hansen

What you think of me is none of my business. ~ Byron Katie

Self-actualized people are independent of the good opinions of other people. ~ Wayne Dyer

“Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” ~Helen Keller

“The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” ~Philip Roth.

“The desire to write grows with writing.” ~ Desiderius Erasmus

“The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“Do not chase people. Be you and do your own thing and work hard. The right people who belong in your life will come to you, and stay.” ~ Wu Tang

Every single thing that has ever happened in your life is preparing you for a moment that is yet to come.

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” ~ Saint Augustine

“All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake up in the day to find it was vanity, but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.” ~ T.E. Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph

“Photoshop your life.  Touch up the edges, adjust the tones, blur out the background and crop people out.” ~ Unknown

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68 thoughts on “about me”

  1. Hello,

    Thanks for your lovely pictures and posts. I am seriously looking into taking a position teaching English at the University of Nizwa and moving my wife and Baby daughter to Oman. I was hoping that you might be able to give me some insight into what it’s like there and what to expect.

    • Hi Seth, I love my life in Oman! I would be happy to tell you more about the university itself in an email. Where are you teaching now? What kinds of experiences have you had so far? I came from a year of teaching in Korea and also teaching at a community college in the USA. Each institution is so different, so I guess it depends on your expectations as to how you will like it here… 🙂

      • I enjoyed reading your page. I have a few questions that I was hoping you could help me with through email.
        I would apreciate it if you could email me so I could send you my questions.
        Thank you

  2. From Korea to Oman … it’s good to find you here. at first glance, even more interesting stuff! can’t wait to dive in!

    • Thank you Stephen, I hope you enjoy it!! I love your photography and your blog; although I’m not really interested in Batman (ha!) it’s cool to run across someone with such varied interests!! Your retro interests remind me of my sister who works for Fit Pregnancy Magazine and lives in Reseda, CA. I love San Francisco by the way… 🙂

  3. I love your blog! I have nominated you for the Genuine Blogger Award. I love reading about your travels and wish I could quit my day job and simply travel (with my daughter in tow!). Keep up the awesome work!


  4. Love your blog! Traveling is addictive, but living as a nomad is even MORE addictive! Like yourself, I don’t want to just travel, but to move around the world and live in as many foreign places as possible! Your destinations are very interesting and I’m intrigued to read more!

  5. Enjoyed reading your bio…and what an addiction to have. Travel, teaching and experiencing life pretty much on your terms. The quotes are some of my favorites and yes, are insightful. I look forward to following your life in Oman.

    • Thank you so much travelerlynne. I’m glad you enjoyed my bio. I wish it was truly life on my own terms; I still have a job which actually is quite demanding and stressful at times. Thanks for visiting and being interested in my life here!! 🙂

  6. You are living the life I’d like to live! 🙂

    • Thank you, sharechair! You’re really sweet, but it can be quite mundane as everyone’s life gets to be eventually. And remember, if you dream it, you can do it! 🙂

  7. Awwww…! You have got a pretty interesting world out here, Madam. 🙂 🙂 I wish to know your name, wise lady! 🙂
    Keep posting. Have a great day ahead. Cheers.\m/ 🙂


  8. livvy1234 said:

    Beautiful quotes. I resonate with all of them. Sending light and love.

  9. Welcome – I’m inviting you to the Līgo Circle of Appreciation: http://esengasvoice.wordpress.com/2012/10/01/ligo-circle-of-appreciation/

  10. Hi Cathy,
    I could also describe myself as
    “a nomad, a pilgrim, a vagabond, a wanderer….”

    I’m always my happiest when I’m traveling somewhere. I’m feeling so restless with no travel plans for the time being, but now I know I can come over and see your part of the world with you. Well if that’s OK with you.

    • Dearrosie, I would LOVE to have you come along with me on my walks in Oman. From now until February the weather is perfect and it’s practically the only time of year I can do any walks; it’s too hot to do so the rest of the year! I too am always happy when traveling, dreaming of travel, reading about other people’s travels (armchair travel!!), and planning my own travels. So pleased to meet you, fellow “nomad, pilgrim, vagabond, wanderer!” Thanks for visiting my blog through Robin. I’ll hop over to visit you now! 🙂

  11. Frequently visit Muscat and am bored and alone. Email me if you think Muscat is exciting! Would love to explore it with you.

  12. An award/awards for you…just wanted to let you know…I think you deserve them all personally…but you choose:

  13. Hi Cathy! I am following your blog for quite sometime and I enjoy reading your stories and looking at your pictures. Your blog is one of my inspirations to travel around Oman and perhaps the whole world soon. Well, I just wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award. I hope this will be a wonderful news for you. To see more about the award and this nomination, please visit my post at http://smartntrendymom.wordpress.com/2012/12/15/liebster-blog-award-the-first-award-for-my-blog/
    Congratulations and all the best to you!

    • Thank you so much for the nomination, Riah! I will check it out, although I have to say it may take me awhile to get to it. Thank you so much for following my blog and I’m really glad I inspire you. If you travel around Oman, please be sure and let me know! 🙂

  14. Thank you for liking my post on the metaphor of walking. Your travelling and adventures are so interesting. What a memorable time you have in Oman! Drop by to visit my Blog again. I’ll be back too.

  15. Great blog! Unfortunately we didn’t make it to Nizwa when we went to Oman. Definitely still on my to-do list!

  16. Cathy, I have nominated your blog for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award – http://lenadealmeida.wordpress.com/2013/03/02/unexpected-gift/
    Please accept my warm thanks for the inspiration without any obligation.

  17. Hello.

    I’m from South Korea. I was surprised you’d been in Korea. Nice to meet you. 🙂 I’ve lived muscat since last April.
    I was googling of Bahla Fort in Nizwa and I found your blog.
    I enjoyed reading your stories and seeing your picture. Thanks for sharing it.

    • Hello, K! It’s so nice to meet someone from South Korea here in Oman. What are you doing here? I’m glad you enjoy my blog. Hope it will inspire you to explore the country while you’re here. You know I’ll be leaving in about 3 months. 🙂

      • It’s very interesting to meet someone in Oman who also lived in South Korea. I came over here because my husband got a job in Oman. I haven’t been very active but your blog makes me want to explore Oman and the world~!
        Could I ask where will be your next place? 😉

        • Yes, it’s very rare to meet anyone who came to Oman from Korea. I hope you enjoy the country while you’re here, K. Please do try to explore; there are lots of things to see! My next place will be to northern Virginia in the USA (right outside of Washington, D.C.) I think I’ll stay there for a long while!

  18. Eattravelphotograph said:

    You’re one of the most inspiring women & bloggers I’ve come across, therefore I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! You can find everything about it on my post http://autumninbruges.wordpress.com/2013/04/06/forgotten-awards/, hope you’ll accept it! Thanks for being such an inspiration for me and other bloggers!

  19. You have a wonderful blog. I came here through Elisas blog 😉 It must be really exciting to be teaching in Oman! Happy Blogging!

    • Thank you so much, Evez. And thanks for visiting through Elisa’s blog. Yes, it’s certainly been interesting teaching in Oman, but my time here is almost up. I leave June 26 after nearly two years. 🙂

  20. What a great Accenture you have! I heard that Oman is a beautiful country. I will be close by there this week (Dubai), and hope to visit Oman someday too!


    • I hope you will visit Oman, Yulia. I personally like it a lot better than Dubai or Abu Dhabi. But then, I’m not a city girl; I much prefer the mountains and wadis. 🙂

  21. You are so inspiring! I want to be just like you when I grow up 🙂

  22. Hello there… I have just become an expat too here in Oman… Your blog has been added to an ever increasing list on the database of our website… Check it out 🙂 Hope you are enjoying Oman!!!

    • Thank you so much for your feature and your kind words. I’m no longer posting on my Nizwa blog as I’m now in China. But those two years I spent in Oman were some of the best years of my life. 🙂

  23. Hello! Thank you for sharing your experience in Oman. My husband is has been assigned to work in Nizwa and I would be joining him. Please could you advise the best place to rent a flat that’s more like a serviced residence, preferably near the city Center. We are looking to rent a 2 bedroom flat, preferable with a pool. We’re thinking maximum price of 500 OMR/month. Would our budget be enough for our preference? Thank you.

    • Hello, I’m sorry it has taken me so long to get back with you. I’m sorry I can’t offer any help in finding and securing an apartment. For one, I haven’t been in Nizwa since 2013, and another is that my apartment was provided by my university. It was included in my contract, so I have no idea what a reasonable price would be. Sorry I can’t be of more help.

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