The soundtrack to life abroad

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expat-focus-websiteHave you ever thought how sounds are part of your travel experience? The sound of the azan calling the faithful to prayer in Istanbul, Big Ben chiming in London, the laugh of the Kookaburra in Queensland – all evocative and instantly recognisable.

In this month’s column for Expat Focus I talk about my life’s new soundtrack. If you’re curious come with me on an auditory adventure in Canada…

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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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