A Decade in Exile

On June 12th 2003 I was sent on my first overseas business trip to Oman, via the United Arab Emirates, and never really came back.  I consider myself to have emigrated on this date, even if the practical arrangements were sorted out back in the UK over 2 weeks in the following August.

Since then I have:

  • Visited 35 countries, 19 of them at somebody else’s expense.
  • Made 192 international border crossings.
  • Worked for 5 companies, been fired from 1.
  • Held a work permit in 4 countries, lived in 5.
  • Learned 2 languages (one to a basic level, the other to intermediate).
  • Got platinum membership with both a major airline and a major hotel chain.
  • Made some cash.

Sometimes it has been brilliant, sometimes it has been utter shite.  One must take the rough with the smooth.

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8 Responses to A Decade in Exile

  1. dearieme says:

    Topy.

  2. boy on a bike says:

    Don’t you mean you left on 2003?

  3. boy on a bike says:

    Damn. In 2003.

  4. Tim Newman says:

    Ah yes, of course I meant 2003. Corrected now, thanks.

  5. BearBait says:

    Offended some cloggies.

    Made some good friends.

    Promoted horticulture adjacent to the headmasters balcony.

  6. Time flies huh? I’m coming up for 12 years since I forced my skillset on unwitting British employers. Country count stands at 42. Would never have been able to do that from Oz.

  7. dh says:

    Did you live in Muscat. I spent 2 yrs in Bahrain and over-nighted in Muscat quite a bit and had a weeks holiday there, loved it! Reckon Oman was the best place in the Gulf

  8. dh says:

    You never know, our paths may have crossed there as I started in Bahrain Nov 2002 and left Oct 2004.

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