Hey!

I’m Niobe (ny-oh-bee). 

I’m a British teacher who, in 2018, moved 6000 miles from home to Hanoi, Vietnam. Neither my boyfriend nor I had visited Asia before, so this was quite the leap. 

Jump forward 18 months and I’ve travelled to a number of places I hadn’t even heard of before leaving the UK. I’ve (almost) turned vegan and my passion for sustainability has deepened. I’ve started this blog, I’ve written and illustrated for other publications and I’m currently completing a Journalism diploma alongside teaching full time. 

All this keeps me busy, and most weekends I  can be found in one of Hanoi’s many coffee shops writing or designing whilst sipping on a hot chocolate. In the evenings, I’ll either be out with friends enjoying some of the delicious food Hanoi has to offer or snuggled on the sofa with a good read, Netflix or trying to persuade my boyfriend that it’s time to book another holiday.

I want to share the realities of my life living abroad. It’s not all weekends away and living la dolce vita, though there are plenty of highs. At it’s best, it’s tropical beaches by 7pm on a Friday night, incredible food for less than a coffee costs back home and the opportunity to enjoy a culture completely different to what I’m used to. At it’s worst, it’s a long way from home comforts, cheap Marmite and my closest friends. 

Niobe etc. is an expat lifestyle blog. You’ll find features about living well and sustainably, as well as discussing the highs and lows of life abroad. I write travel itineraries and candid reflections on trips away, plus my favourite veggie and vegan eats at home, in Hanoi and beyond. Finally, sometimes it’s best to let a picture speak instead, so I’ll also be sharing my photo projects and illustrations based on my life out here.

Find me on Instagram, Pinterest, Bloglovin’ and Twitter, or feel free to email me.

Niobe x