Hinda in Martinique
Hinda in Martinique

I am a Moroccan and I just became a Swede last year. My name is Hinda and I am a 31 years old mother of a lovely 19 months daughter.

I was born in Casablanca, my parents are both Moroccans,  but I was raised and lived in Tripoli Libya for 18 years. And I’ve been living abroad ever since.

Hinda at Work
Hinda at Work

I used to work in hospitality/tourism and administration in Libya in my early work years. When I moved out of Libya I continued to work in tourism-related jobs and jobs that required language knowledge such as translations and sales representative in different countries.

When I moved to Sweden, I studied general art besides Swedish language and worked with digital graphics in the gaming industry. At the moment after one year and a half of maternity leave, I started studying on distance since we moved abroad again.

I’ve always had a passion for art and culture since I was a child. So, in Sweden, I finally managed to get involved in that domain.

I like outdoor activities and being near a beach is one of my simple pleasures. I enjoy cooking new international recipes, so I try to collect new ideas from my travels.

International food by Hinda
International food by Hinda

My solo adventures living abroad

After I left my home country Libya in 2009 I lived first in Turkey between Istanbul and Antalya for about a year on and off, because the tourist visa only allowed me to be there 90 days each entry, as well as the rest of the countries I lived in later on.

Hinda in Brazil
Hinda in Brazil

Apart from Turkey, I lived in Brazil, Bali, Malaysia, Ivory Coast and Tunisia.

Looking back at the person I used to be before I left home, I see that living in those countries I mentioned changed me a lot. It added many things to my personality and gave me a great understanding of the world and people from different perspectives. It also prepared me for the next step of moving to Sweden for good.

Living abroad opened my eyes

Perfect Matches in Martinique
Perfect Matches in Martinique

While living in Turkey I met my perfect match

A person who shares my same interests. He loves adventures, unconventional living, experiencing different lifestyles and exploring the world. We were both expats in Istanbul for a year after we met. He works in aviation so I got the opportunity to follow him on his work journies when I was not working.

Moving to Sweden with my hubby and becoming a Swede

Hinda in Sweden
Hinda in Sweden

I have always loved new adventures and living unconventionally. Being an expat family-child with my family moving a lot made me flexible to new places, people, and cultures. So I had no problem relocating myself when I moved to Sweden. The only problem was getting used to the weather, learning the social lifestyle and behavior which was a matter of time.

Challenges of relocating

Of course, moving to live abroad among a local family and people was not like living abroad among other expats and tourists where you can share your experiences and be understood. The period of adjusting had its ups and downs. I got a sort of social awkwardness and a sense of anxiety when I felt the culture is being forced on me and its no longer optional. Also the feeling that I have a lot to learn to be able to adjust culturally. Not to mention homesickness and nostalgia to my own culture and lifestyle I grew up in.

After moving with him to Sweden and living there for 5 years, now we have temporarily relocated to the Caribbean Island of Martinique.

Beach in Martinique
Beach in Martinique

To be continued…

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