About

Everything is shinier when you live abroad.

I’m American, and I have lived in Scotland, twice. The second time, I got a degree in International Development. So I came to Africa.

I didn’t come here to have an adventure. That’s not what this is about.

But I see and experience things of all kinds: beautiful, surprising, troubling, strange, hilarious, and everything else too. Whether you also live abroad and can relate, or live in your home country and just enjoy hearing about another place, I hope this blog resonates with you and leads you to ponder the world, yourself, and even me if you choose. Please share, follow, and especially comment and ask questions, to your heart’s content.

As for the title of the blog, Americans take it for granted that there are people of all different colors, shapes, and hair textures, but in other, less heterogeneous places, minorities really stand out. People are constantly pointing out that I’m foreign by calling out mzungu (‘foreigner’ or ‘white person’) to me all the time . All those people can’t be wrong, so I guess I am indeed a white woman in Tanzania – wrestling leopards.

I’m Jamie. It’s what I do.

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