About Global Anni

Global Anni

  • Occupation: Teacher
  • Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

About Me

I am an international teacher currently living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with my husband and two children.  I have traveled to 47 countries and have previously lived in Kuwait and Bahrain. I grew up as a Third Culture Kid and now I have raised two TCKs!

Family in the Cameron Highlands

The memory is so vivid today… The day began as any other mundane 24 hours for a young American pre-teen.  After dining in a French restaurant with her parents, her life had changed forever!

She had grown up in a small town, sheltered and secure in the knowledge that life was as it had always been.  She was carefree and roamed her small neighborhood with the friends she had known for as long as her young mind could remember.  She attended the small school with those same friends, took bikes rides to McDonald’s and Dairy Queen, hung out at the shopping center “downtown.”  She was a Girl Scout and a tomboy and loved to be outside.

Her family vacations had consisted of camping in New England and Canada and long car rides to visit family in PA and the NJ Shore.  A few summers ago, her family took the required American family trip to Disney World! There were only four weeks of eighth grade left and she was looking forward to going to high school the next year and becoming “a woman.” Life was perfect!

At the French restraunt, her parents told their four children that they would travel to England and France that summer!  She was ecstatic!  Her mind began to swim with the visions she would witness in Europe.  Euphoria turned to shock when she heard that their trip wouldn’t end there.  The family would travel on to the Middle East and live in some country named, Kuwait for a year.

So ended the life of Annie and began the life of Global Anni.

That was 35 years ago and at the age of 46 I find myself completely and utterly unable to shake the bug that my parents planted into my impressionable 12 year old mind.  I lived in Kuwait and Bahrain as a child and returned to Bahrain as an adult and a flight attendant. I have traveled to 47 countries so far, which is 20% of the world.   I am currently married and have relocated my husband, Brian and our two children, Max and Devon to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to teach in an international school.  In the eight years since my family has left the USA, we have been to 17 countries as a family.  We are all enjoying the ”expat” life!

I plan to use this site to document some of my new adventures with my husband and children, who are now “third culture kids,” and to reflect on some past adventures of the global nomad, Anni!  I hope you enjoy the trip!


  • expat life
  • travel
  • reading (average of 3 books a week)
  • cooking
  • music
  • recently introduced to “Hashing” (cross-country running)

Favorite Books

  • The Poisonwood Bible
  • The Kite Runner
  • Balzac and the Chinese Seamstress
  • The Twentieth Wife and Feast of Roses
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime
  • The Life of Pi
  • Wicked
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
  • Little Bee


  1. bibomedia said,

    February 29, 2008 at 6:36 am


  2. June 6, 2011 at 2:48 am

    I would like to invite you to join my Global Expat group pages on Linkedin and facebook. We are dedicated to assisting the expat family in their years abroad as well as the trailing spouse (STARS) in maintaining a career. Also, check out our website, http://www.global-expats.com

    Please feel free to post links to your blog in our groups and increase your audience.

    Best regards,

  3. ocirne10 said,

    April 7, 2012 at 4:34 am

    🙂 seems a life alike…

    • globalanni said,

      April 7, 2012 at 8:52 am

      Yes, I am enjoying your blog! Thanks!

  4. May 16, 2012 at 11:55 am

    I have the travel bug too…I go stir crazy if I’m in the same place for too long! I can relate to many of your posts

    • globalanni said,

      May 24, 2012 at 9:14 am

      it is hard to sit still in this amazing world we live in. Too many places to go and too many fascinating people to meet! I hope I never stop. I enjoy your posts! Thanks.

  5. Melissa said,

    May 17, 2012 at 3:14 am

    Thanks for following my blog – I’m so glad it led me to yours! I just earned my teacher certification this past January. I had always wanted to teach at an international school, but since I’m just a trailing spouse, getting a work visa might not be possible. The upside to not being able to work is that it gives me more free time to read great blogs like yours 🙂

    • globalanni said,

      May 17, 2012 at 4:05 am

      I love your blog! I hope to live in South America some day too! Great to hear about your certification. Many international schools will hire a tailing spouse as a “local hire.” Best of luck! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

      • Melissa said,

        May 18, 2012 at 11:33 pm

        That’s good to know about the local hire deal! I’ll have to look into the local international school.

  6. Lia said,

    May 18, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    Thanks for following…. 🙂

    • globalanni said,

      May 18, 2012 at 2:22 pm

      Your welcome. I love your blog. The photographs are amazing. Thanks for stopping by!

      • Lia said,

        May 18, 2012 at 2:35 pm

        I love yours too 🙂
        Your experiences are amazing… haven’t been through all the post but will be back for sure…

  7. May 20, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Thanks for following our blog! Will be back to yours often…

    • globalanni said,

      May 20, 2012 at 8:10 pm

      You are welcome. I love your blog! Amazing photos and great posts! I will be kayaking in NY in four weeks so I cannot wait. I will have to post some photos! Thanks for stopping by!

  8. globalanni said,

    May 20, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    My sister lives in New Paltz. We go to Chodikee Lake and to Basherkill. Love it up there. We tried ocean kayaking last summer in Ocean City, but I was not very good getting out over the waves!

  9. May 22, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Thanks for the follow, Anni! You are a true intrepid explorer;o)

    • globalanni said,

      May 24, 2012 at 9:10 am

      You are welcome. I love your writing. The post What Do You Want to be When You Grow Up? was fabulous!!

  10. Bams Triwoko said,

    May 23, 2012 at 12:02 am

    Thanks for visited my blog and follow… it’s my pleasure.
    Best regards from Jogjakarta, Indonesia.

    • globalanni said,

      May 24, 2012 at 9:12 am

      You are welcome. You are a wonderful photographer! The Lotus Bloomed was so beautiful!

  11. Rich Green said,

    May 24, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Thanks for liking my post Silence.

    • globalanni said,

      May 24, 2012 at 9:07 am

      You are welcome. It was gorgeous and it reminded me of “home.”

  12. May 25, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Thanks for checking out my blog. Looks like we have family in close places. Bucks County, PA and the Jersey Shore! I’m hoping to move abroad in the coming year to somewhere in SE Asia and so your blog is quite the inspiration! Cheers.

    • globalanni said,

      May 26, 2012 at 11:12 pm

      Yes, we do! I have been combing your site to find places to hike this summer while we are home at the shore. Thanks!!

  13. Riba said,

    May 26, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Hi Global Anni. 🙂

    I popped in to thank you for following my blog and for liking my “Agradecimiento” post. But my goodness! How exciting this is. I can only imagine what your world view must be like, and I love that you are sharing this with our world. (I will follow your now, too. 😉

    Thanks again!

    • globalanni said,

      May 26, 2012 at 11:11 pm

      You are welcome. I love your blog too and now I see that you have more! I must visit those too! Thanks for stopping by!

  14. cobbies69 said,

    June 10, 2012 at 6:41 am

    Thanks for follow, will do same, now that I an you have found each blog. 😉

  15. June 21, 2012 at 10:07 am

    What an amazing life you’ve led! I am anxious to read more about your adventures.

  16. Abdullah Ali said,

    August 1, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Hello Anni, I just started reading your Blogs. Looking forward to more of your adventures. Followed! 🙂

  17. Dounia said,

    August 4, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Just wanted to let you know that I passed on the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award to you – here’s the link to my post: http://tcknextstop.wordpress.com/2012/08/04/sisterhood-of-the-world/

    Please don’t feel obligated to pass it on, but I do hope it will bring more readers to your wonderful blog!

  18. dakota85 said,

    September 21, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Sorry for taking so long to say this, but thanks for following my blog- your support means so much!

  19. Dilip said,

    September 22, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Howdy I find your blog very interesting. And great to know of your multicultural experience of 47 countries.
    Wish you all the best!

  20. M & J said,

    November 1, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Thanks for following our journey & adventures in Hong Kong! Thanks! We hope you’ll join in the conversation on your next visit to the site…

    We’re looking into a trip to Malaysia for our anniversary, it would be a tight budget trip though… Any tips?? Blessings to you today!

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