Welcome to my little slice of the internet!
I guess you’re here to get to know a little about me, huh? Well, my name is Giselle or غزال (/ˈʛæ.zɑl/)in Farsi. I consider myself a global citizen who was born in Iran, raised in Vancouver (Canada!) and spent the majority of my late teens and early 20s in Montréal. I speak three languages: Farsi, English and French. Now I’m living in a small town in Wiltshire, England along with my husband and our feisty chihuahua cross terrier, Nala.
Moving to the UK
I met my (now) husband while I was on a solo trip around Europe in the summer of 2016. When I finished my studies at McGill University, I migrated to England on a Youth Mobility Visa (Tier 5) which allowed me to work and/or study for two years. I’m currently on a Spousal visa and have a “leave to remain” status (meaning I can live here on a permanent basis).
My experiences of living in several different cities have allowed me to learn valuable lessons, languages and tips about living and travelling as an expat. It’s now been (almost) three years since the big move and I’m starting to become accustomed to the British way of life. I hope to offer honest and memorable travel guides, tips and so much more!
I started this blog because I felt [and still feel] like an outsider and I didn’t fit into British culture, no matter how hard I tried. I was could connect with other expats and immigrants living in the UK or abroad to connect with other current expats, future expats, and those travelling the world to collaborate; inspire and educate each other on different cultures, and provide comfort to cure homesickness. The world is our oyster, it’s time we share our experiences with #theexpatcommunity.