Taken in Sabi Sands Game Preserve, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Taken in Sabi Sands Game Preserve, Kruger National Park, South Africa

I am what is called a “trailing spouse”.  Not a very impressive title for a fifty-something, college and grad school-educated, intelligent (most of the time) woman of the world.  But, it’s a great life and I am forever grateful for it!  My husband and I are American expats living in Luanda, but we hail from Houston, Texas.  This is our second expat assignment, with London being our first.  Folks, this is different.  Very different.  London was expat-light.  This is the real deal.  Hope you enjoy reading about our African odyssey.  Luanda may not be glamorous, or even remotely sane, but it is interesting!

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  1. LT, feel free to post any questions you may have directly onto this site. I’ll do my best to answer them!


  2. Hi Cheryl,

    My name is Hope and I’m an editor at World Trade Press, a publishing and digital media resources company in California. We create educational and travel websites, and are in the process of upgrading our AtoZWorldCulture product. This website offers detailed, country-by-country cultural and social information for schools and colleges.

    One new section we are adding contains proverbs from around the world. We were wondering if you would be interested in compiling and writing 20 Angolan proverbs in Portuguese for us. In exchange, we will pay by the word, offer author attribution, link directly to your website, and provide a free one-year subscription to AtoZWorldCulture.

    Thank you for your time and your consideration of our request. Please let me know if you have any questions. I look forward to hearing from you soon.


  3. Hope,
    Thanks so much for visiting my blog! I wish I could help with the Angolan proverbs, but I don’t speak a word of Portuguese. I could ask around and see what I can find out, though…


  4. Hello,

    I truly enjoy reading your blog. My husband and I are (more than likely) moving to Luanda from (currently)Denver, CO (previous Houston) by the end of the year. I have so many questions, concerns, and fears. We’ve never been expats before, so we are getting the baptism by fire I would guess. We will be living in the city centre. We are both in our mid 40s, have 2 grown children who will not be moving with us, and married 27 years. While we have travelled the globe extensively and have a vacation home in Sweden, moving to Angola will be our biggest adventure yet. If you could offer any advice or tips I would greatly appreciate it. We will have a driver and would love to explore the region, and realize that is not encouraged. Your time there seems so exciting and I look forward to having my own adventures.

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  5. Darla, How exciting! Luanda as a first expat assignment – you are quite adventurous indeed! In all seriousness, it is quite manageable, especially if you are able to connect with fellow expat women. You can email any questions to lassoluandablog@gmail.com. I’ll do my best to answer them for you!


  6. Hi Cheryl, hello from another soon-to-be trailing spouse about to move to Africa (in our case SA). This isn’t my first TS experience, in fact, I’ve not only been an accompanying partner before, as well as an expat in many different places, I’ve even written a book about it! But every place has it’s own challenges so I’m certainly not feeling complacent! Look forward to following your blog…

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  7. Clara, thanks so much for following my blog! You will love SA. So many beautiful places to go, and the food & wines are fantastic! It is Africa, still, so I am sure you will run into some interesting situations. Unless I am severely jet lagged (as I was when I wrote my blog “Snap out of it”, I find all of the chaos to be very exciting and fun, and hope you will, too! What is the name of your book? I would love to check it out…


  8. Hello Cheryl,

    We are an expat couple living in Luanda and found your very interesting. We can really relate to it. We have just started our blog about our travels and expat life.
    If you are curious, check it out http://www.couplertw.com

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  9. Couplertw,
    Thanks so much for following my blog! You will enjoy writing one as well. There are so many interesting things to see and do from here, and you will want to remember them all! Best of luck to you!


  10. Hi Cheryl,

    My name is Joyce, I am a marketing executive at expatfinder.com which is a leading expat information and services website.

    I saw on your blog that you are and expat. I wish to interview you to further share some of your tips. The questions are mainly about the housing, the daily life etc.
    It just takes 5 minutes (or more depending if you have lots to say 🙂
    Of course, if you accept we can add a link to your blog or some of your website. 
    If you are interested to participate at this project, please send me an email at interview@expatfinder.com.


  11. Hello Cheryl,
    Thank you for your blog, very inspiring for me. I am a geologist like you, and I am ging to be a “trailing spouse” soon, as my husband will be reallocate in Luanda in some months. We are from Italy and wehave a little kid with us. Our parents think we are mad, but I think the better periodo for going around in the world is when children are small or when they are grewn up 😉
    I’m reading all about Luanda in your blog! How is the safety there? Is it possible to walk around during the day in the city center or b the sea or is it better to always move by car?
    I will be pleased if I can write you for some questions…!


  12. Hi Cheryl

    I would like to use one of your images on a commercial document, and need to know if there is any copyright on your images.

    Many thanks


  13. Hi Cheryl, the image I am after is the one of the The Black Rocks of Pungoandongo. Malange, Angola, Africa, you have it as the Road Warriors of Pungoandongo.

    Many thanks



  14. Thanks you so much for that Cheryl we really appreciate it very much. Could I be a pain and ask if you would mind sending me an email with a note giving me permission to use the image.
    Once again – many thanks for allowing us to use your image


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