Welcome to A Global Nomad’s Home, where The Blovebirds share stories about being modern global nomads. You will find serious stuff about parenting Cross Culture Kids, and unconventional tips on managing a multicultural home.
As you journey with us, I hope you will agree that sampling new foods, learning a new language and traveling to foreign lands are essential to becoming more connected with other humans, and key to our collective survival on this beautiful planet.
A bit about my nomadic genes…
I was named Wakanyi (Wa-Ka-Nyi) at birth, after my maternal grandmother in Kenya, but my family and close friends calls me Waks, which I find endearing. If we become good friends, you too can call me Waks 😉
About 18 years ago, I met my husband and shortly after the birth of our first child, we began living as nomads.
This path resembles that of my maternal grandfather, who was half Maasai- a nomadic tribe found in Kenya. As legend has it, he traveled on foot throughout his life, never once getting inside a moving vehicle!
If my grandfather was still around, I’d trade my travel stories, of hauling excess baggage, pregnant belly and toddlers at many airports in and out of seven countries, on three continents. I suspect that he would find it amusing that I am currently living in a small, farming village north of the Netherlands, not much bigger than the village that he raised his children, along the farming foothills of mount Kenya.
Mothering on foreign lands…
I am the mother to four children who were all conceived and born in different countries, and together with my husband, we are on a mission to teach them to embrace the whole world as their home.
It has been exciting and terrifying to watch how quickly the years have passed since the first baby I birthed more than a decade ago. This year our two girls and two boys will celebrate their 15th, 13th, 10th and 7th birthdays.
Growing up in Kenya, any gathering was an opportunity to tell stories, and in our moveable home, storytelling is our way of checking in on each other, too.
The stories of my ancestors live and travel with me. They surface when planning the next travel adventure, when reading or writing, through experimental cooking, or learning a new craft picked up from new cultures. In these shared special moments with my children, the Storyteller emerges.
We share stories about quirky new finds and experiences from the places we find ourselves as temporary residents. These stories reveal our deepest fears, many laugh out loud moments, and discoveries of hidden talents. For the children, these sessions are opportunities to reflect and ask philosophical questions about life.
Keeper of indigenous wisdom…
As a little girl growing up in Kenya, I was always fascinated with the stories that were told to us by our grandmothers. As the keepers of our traditions and indigenous knowledge, they took pride in passing down our heritage, which I wrote about here.
As an older mother now, I find myself retreating back to the wisdom and knowledge of my mother, aunties and grandmothers, in the stories and life lessons that I choose to share with my children.
Through the African Folktales Project, I curate, edit, and retell the ancient tales of my childhood using the magic of modern, digital technology.
Why I blog…
I would like to connect with you on this personal blog, to share the experience of motherhood between diverse cultures, and thoughts on how to raise a future generation of resilient and culture-wise, global citizens.
This blog will be filled with stories that touch on life lessons about parenting multicultural children, reviews of books with diverse and inclusive perspectives, characters and cultural experiences.
Every now and then, I will also share travel tales, and tried and tested tips on how to cross cultural and geographical borders to feel at home and live anywhere in the world.
Above all, I would like to learn as much from you, your culture, and your way of living, with the hope of building a world filled with positive, inter-cultural encounters.
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With lots of love,