Where I’m From
Born and raised in London during the 90s to parents who emigrated from the British colonial Caribbean, I have also lived in northern Thailand, and in the Caribbean. I relocated to the Caribbean in Oct 2012, and have toted backpacks across North, South, East and West Africa, the US, South America, South-East Asia, Western Europe, many of the Caribbean islands and several of the coastal nations. Why I travel, is a question I’ve tried to answer here, and why I write about my travels is elucidated here.
Why I do this
I like to think movingblack is a handy way for loved ones to follow my adventures but it’s also an opportunity for me to share a bit about the other folk like me who moved long before me, decades and centuries earlier, and those who continue to move around little old planet earth. Increasingly, I find myself enjoying writing about Martinique simply because it fascinates me.
Things I think about
I’m well interested in the concepts of home, identity, representation, community and belonging, and obsessed with past and present power dynamics, so there may well be a fair few ruminations on such things, sort of like in my posts The Identitly/Location Shuffle and All Caribbean Men Dress Up As Women, but on va voir as the French say. I do that a lot too, drop French expressions in. I try to keep them in italics. I do that a lot too. Digress. Speaking of, I should probably mention that my interests have a lot to do with my personal background, and I learnt loads more working at the Separation and Reunion Forum.
Oh, and I’m black. And from South London (where all the cool Londoners live). I started travelling on my own as an opinionated but impressionable 18 and haven’t look back. Oh, and I’m a Ms. All 3 of these influence my perspective, and may also be evident in the way I write.
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