I’ve been privileged to have lived overseas and to have traveled extensively these past thirty years; an opportunity to embrace a mosaic of cultures and unique experiences. Having raised three sons globally in nine other countries we once called home, we’ve now returned to the beautiful mountain town of Kimberley in British Columbia. 

Eager to share my experiences and fulfil my writing aspirations, nine years ago I began capturing my life and travels in notesonaboardingpass.  If a blog transports you to a different place, entertains, inspires or informs… I am more than pleased.

A deep love of history imbues my work, making historical, social and personal connections to the places that I write about. In Norway, my experience as a Tour Guide/Interpretive Historian was deeply fulfilling and honed my research skills and, hopefully, my attempt to assemble history into a relatable narrative. During a year living in a hotel in Kazakhstan, with the Caspian Sea as my inspiring backdrop, I was able to devout all of my time to the craft of writing.

And our last posting in India confirmed my passion for not only telling that of my own journey, but of others as well. I still pine for those chaotic enchanting streets and for the welcoming souls of the Indian people, yet life has moved on to a new more settled chapter. 

I have co-authored two books, Pioneers of Penang (delayed in publishing) and on March 7th 2018, Monday Morning Emails was launched in The Hague.

Monday Mornings’ is an honest, insightful look at living a global life. Part memoir, part diary, part self-help, it recounts my and my co-author’s journey, both past and present. Between the two of us, for the past 25-some years, we had raised sons in 12 countries, supported our husbands careers and found our passion in writing, mentoring and publishing. However Monday Morning Emails does not only speak to living globally – mothers are mothers, wherever we may be.

I am also involved with Families in Global Transition and participate often as a presenter. Recently I’ve shared my passion of travel through speaking engagements and I also impart my love of writing in ‘The Joy of Writing Workshops’ and host the Kimberley Writer’s Group. currently have two books to complete – until then, I’m so pleased you’re reading.

You can contact me at terryannewilson@mac.com

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  1. Hi Terry Anne,

    I am a television producer working on the US travel show ‘House Hunters International’ and I am getting in touch because we are looking for English speaking expats who have recently moved to Kazakhstan to feature on our show. I wonder if you might like to share your story?

    House Hunters International is a half-hour TV show currently airing on the Home and Garden Television Network (HGTV) in America. The series is designed to de-mystify the international home-buying / renting process, by going behind the scenes of a house hunt where expats and their real estate agents tour 3 homes. At its core, House Hunters International is a travel show concentrating on the idiosyncrasies of the locales and what makes them special and different.
    Here is a link to show you what our show is all about!


    We would love to film in Kazakhstan so please get in touch if you or any of your contacts might be interested in finding out more!

    Best wishes,


    Michelle James
    1-3 St Peter’s Street, London N1 8JD – +44 20 7704 3300

  2. Hi Terry Anne,

    I stumbled onto your blog while researching live as an expat in Kazakhstan. Looks like we have travelled similar paths. I loved your photos from Vancouver Island, I grew up there and your photography and blog captured each town beautifully.

    We are a family from Calgary, Alberta currently living in The Netherlands and are looking to relocate to Kazakhstan for a work term with my Husbands work.

    Naturally we are a little hesitant due to our limited knowledge of the area and are finding online research to be so varied. I would greatly appreciate your feedback on the area.

    Many Thanks,

    • Hi Erinn,
      Very pleased that you found me. Yes we are most definitely on similar paths as I return to Calgary as well and have also lived in The Netherlands. As always, these decisions are difficult and it definitely helps to have good information. Please let me know which city in Kaz. you are considering and the ages of your children. Let’s communicate on my email terryannewilson@mac.com I look forward to hearing from you soon, Terry Anne

    • I’m pleased to hear that Crystal. I’ve been ill which has prevented me from writing but I look forward to posting more adventures now that I’m feeling well again. Hope you’ve enjoyed your summer!

  3. Hi Terry Anne, I have finally found time to send a note to let you know how much i enjoy your tales of travel and the photos that go along with. I particularly enjoyed reading about the Ktunaxa people. I also enjoy spending time at St. Eugene, looking at the pictures of the children in the hallway and reading about them Now I have so much more knowledge about the people’s story – Thank you for that. Continue to find inspiration in your travels! Your Kimberley neighbor, Sue

  4. Hi Sue, Thanks so much for taking the time to write. It means a lot to me when I know my tales have resonated with my readers, makes it all very worthwhile. I find such joy in researching, exploring and sharing life’s stories, wherever my travels take me; even to the beautiful Kootenays!

  5. Thank you, Terry Anne!

    What a stroke of luck to run in to you and your husband in Bangalore. We have now enjoyed reading your blogg and picked some of your advice. I bought a bunch of lovely schals from Aijaz at The Heritage in Mysore. He was such a sweet heart.

    Now we are off to yet another national park, Nagarahole.

    We really appreciated talking to you. Keep up your good writing. I will continue to read your blogg.

    • Hi Elvy, I’m so pleased you were able to use some of the tips on your trip from Mysore! How wonderful that you visited Nagarahole, a place we haven’t been yet. Hope the rest of your trip went well and so pleased you’ll be reading 🙂

  6. It was nice to meet you along with “Emily Post” at the Chateau Frontenac on Friday. I hope you’ve been having a good visit to this amazing city. I have seen a few interesting things each day, but I must admit, the time outside in the cold and the walking in the mush and ice, has been exhausting. I have slept well. I have read a couple of your travels postings, and look forward to seeing more. Best regards and let me know if/when you visit New Jersey!

    • It’s lovely to hear from you Doug! I loved the city but agree with you regarding the exhaustion. The cold, ice and mush also took a bit of a tole on me as well. The day after we met ‘Emily’, the amount of ice and snow sliding from the rooftops was another added element to the city in the winter… and don’t ask me about the ‘parade fiasco!’ I’m very pleased to have been there at this time of year, but look forward to visiting next time in the summer. It was nice to have met you, and so pleased you’re reading! All the best for now, Terry Anne

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