Nicole: I Luv 2 Globetrot
Please tell us a little bit about yourself. Who you are, where you come from, when you moved to Oman, etc.
My name is Nicole Brewer and I’m an English Lecturer here in Nizwa, Oman. I moved to Oman from S. Korea 6 months ago in search of a new life and opportunities abroad. My hometown is Detroit, MI and I’ve been living abroad for over 4 years now.
When and why did you decide to start blogging about your experiences?
I started blogging this past year about traveling and expat life because I would receive tons of questions from friends and friends of friends about life abroad.
Do you have any favorite blog entries of yours?
One of my favorite entries is about me adjusting to life in Oman.
Tell us about the ways your new life in Oman differs from that back home. Did you have trouble getting used to the new circumstances? Did you experience culture shock?
Life is very different here in Oman than back home. Living in a Muslim country as a single woman has its challenges at times. It took a short while to get used to the culture difference of having to be totally covered in dressed, Hearing the call of prayer 5 times a day and the instant stares of being a foreign women in a foreign land.
Do you think you were fully prepared for what awaited you in Oman? If you could, would you change some decisions/preparations you made?
I honestly believe I was prepared for my experience of coming to the Middle East due to the networking did beforehand and asking questions of friends that were already here.
Every expat knows that expat life comes with some hilarious anecdotes and funny experiences. Care to share one with us?
One of the craziest experiences I had in Oman was within my first couple of weeks here going to the Nizwa Fort. A young boy along with his friends saw my roommates and I. One of them coyly smiled at me and during the call prayer time tried to touch me. I was startled and perplexed at the time, in a little bit of shock as they ran away laughing.
Which three tips would you like to give future expats before they embark on their new life in Oman?
- Ensure that you do your research! Every opportunity is not created equal.
- Be open to new experiences from living in a conservative land.
- Become one with nature and the natural beauty that is Oman.
How is the expat community in Oman? Did you have a hard time finding like-minded people or fellow expats?
Expat life is not bad in Oman. I was fortunate enough to have several amazing colleagues that started with me at my College I work at. I love networking and reaching out so I utilized my resources such as groups on FB and of course InterNations to mix and mingle with expats here in Oman.
How would you summarize your expat life in Oman in a single, catchy sentence?
I’ve came, I’ve saw and I’ve conquered life here in Oman, where beauty has an address!