Conquering My Driving Demons


expat-focus-websiteIn case you missed the trumpets at dawn I thought it was only fair to let you know, here on the blog, about my new regular spot writing for Expat Focus, an online expat resource that has delivered advice and services to expats the world over for the past ten years.

Successfully helping people move abroad, and supporting them once they get there, Expat Focus provides both online and downloadable information about every aspect of expatriate life – from Location to Logistics, Finance to Employment, plus the personal experiences of a worldwide web of people who have taken that leap into the unknown. From real expat experiences to interesting articles and friendly discussion forums, there’s lots to explore.

Why not start with my article about the nail-biting prospect of driving in another country. Here’s an excerpt to whet your appetite:

For a long time, before exchanging my British driving licence for a Canadian one, I would mentally rehearse driving here. Closing my eyes, I would imagine every part of the journey into town, all the intersections, traffic lights and lane changes, haunted by the fear that I would end up on the wrong side of the road and terrified of the potential carnage. I had read, in my trusty “Guide to Living and Working in Canada”, that it was helpful to stick a post-it on your dashboard reminding you to “Keep right”, so I knew it wasn’t unknown for people to forget. If it was a possibility for some, it would be a certainty for me! 

Yup! That’s me alright… if there’s a pitfall, squint your eyes and peer in – that’ll me waving back at you from the bottom! To find out if I ended up on the wrong side of the road, read about me Conquering My Driving Demons. It’ll make you feel good about yourself 😉

Whitby Shores, Whitby, Ontario

By Aisha Ashraf

An autistic Irish immigrant in a cross-cultural marriage, Aisha Ashraf is the archetypal outlander, writing to root herself through place and perspective. Published in The Rumpus, The Maine Review, River Teeth, HuffPost and elsewhere, her work explores the legacy of trauma, the nature of being an outsider and the narrow confines of belonging. She currently lives in Canada.


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