YOU’RE NEVER TOO OLD TO LAUNCH A TRAVEL BLOG
Tuesday, April 30, 2019: A TRAVEL blog with a difference launched this week. Afaranwide is written by an “old married couple” who are journalists and expats, currently living in Hong Kong.
Sue Brattle and Colin Simpson believe that their age (they like to call it maturity) and very different personalities bring colour to everything they write. As expats, travellers and tourists they’re at home as tenants around the world, hitting the road across California, or joining the crowds at the Taj Mahal.
Their first batch of posts include Colin’s experiences during 50 years as a diver, Sue’s insights as a guest at Gulf Arab weddings in Dubai, and the weird process of slowly becoming a foreigner in your home country.
After 12 years of rich and wonderful experiences as expats since leaving the UK, Sue, 64, from Maidstone, Kent, and Colin, 63, from Edinburgh, agreed it was time to write and reflect on their adventures. So Afaranwide.com was born, with “afaran” being a 10th Century Old English verb meaning to travel, depart, or go out from. We found something that’s even older than us!
Sue says: “It all started when I had breast cancer 14 years ago. Back at work in London one night I was stuck in a three-hour traffic jam and realised life is too precious to waste. I rang Colin, and we agreed within minutes that we’d have an adventure. And we are.”
Colin adds: “We’ve learned so much by living abroad and travelling, things that we took for granted. But our story is unusual and we want to share it with people who may be thinking of moving abroad, or having an adventure of their own.”
Welcome to our world!
Afaranwide is a blog written by Colin Simpson and Sue Brattle, a married couple who are expats, travellers and tourists. After 25 or so years on national newspapers in the UK, their jobs as journalists have taken them to Dubai, China and Hong Kong, with additional stays in Saudi Arabia, the Seychelles, France and the United States. The adventure continues.