About the Blog

In September 2008, my husband Kevin and I set off with a cat and a couple of boxes to Mumbai, India. My original blog, The Robertsons of Mumbai, was created to serve as an informative report to our families, and changed into a healthy living expat chronicle as we were transferred to Pattaya and Bangkok, Thailand a year and a half later. Six more years of raw food, stomach bugs and arachnids posed an ever-lingering threat, and plenty of Thai mispronunciations ensured that our journey was often-tragic but always-comical. In January 2016 we moved to Dubai, U.A.E., where we continue to reside. We hope you will benefit from these posts if you are a traveller, mother, household manager, health food fanatic, or lover of cultural adventures. Click on a category that interests you and settle in with a nice cup of vegan chai, lemongrass tea, or Arabic coffee!


The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Unpleasant things that have happened since my last blog entry: The ants are gaining ground in our War Against the Worlds. Ants ruined the box of Jiffy cornbread mix I brought from home for Thanksgiving, have been in my laptop, in my wardrobe (including the underwear drawer), in the bed, in my purse (which I…


My First Testing of the Indian Postal System

I somewhat hesitantly gave Kevin a letter to post last week, which included a membership renewal and a check drawn on a US bank account that I was going to close next month. Here is an email, which I received this morning, regarding my posting: Dear Miss Smith, Thank you for recently returning your Renewals…


Mumbai Follies

Due to a battery confusion which we have yet to crack the case on, we do not have the promised photos to post! We arrived in Mumbai with both sets of our camera batteries dead, and have bought what appeared to be AA batteries two separate times, but they have failed to get the cameras…


We Are Connected!

We have just gotten our internet connected in the apartment! It took all of 5 minutes to hook up. Unfortunately for me, it will be much longer than 5 minutes that the smell of the installers will be hanging around like a cloud of Indian b.o. funk… I will post some photos this weekend for…


The First Five Days

Poopy and I made it to Mumbai in one piece, and thanks to the bribery-loving customs agent we hired, the cat was out of cargo in record time. If Continental only knew what went on over hereā€¦ So far, some of the highlights of what we have seen are: A bat,A sitar player (playing his…