About Mia Musings

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In 2012, I decided to quit my cushy job with an investment management firm in India, leave all my friends & family and move continents to follow my husband to the rainbow nation – South Africa. Yes, I chose to become a trailing spouse!

Joburg and South Africa gave me more than I had hoped for. The multi-culturalrism, the vibrancy, the warmth – Jozi and its people stole my heart. Exploring and discovering the beautiful city became my passion.

Fast forward to January 2016: I finally managed to get a work visa and started working after three years! I was a trailing spouse no more!! Unfortunately, this also meant that I was blogging MUCH less frequently.

Fast forward to June 2016: Seems like the ‘trailing spouse’ tag cannot be shaken off so quickly! After just 5 months of having secured full time employment, it was time for Mia Musings to leave South Africa. This also meant, quitting my job and starting once again – but this time in the not-so-sunny shores of the UK. Leaving my beloved Jozi with a heavy heart, but a new life, a new adventure awaits. So keep reading 🙂




65 thoughts on “About Mia Musings

  1. Hello Mia, could I please get an email address where I can get in touch with you. I am planning to move to Joburg for a year with my hubby and I am extremely confused regarding a few things. It would be great if we can get in touch.

  2. I have come here two weeks ago from Delhi on an official assignment for two months. Your blog has been really a useful source for me. Thanks for writing this blog.

    • A warm Jozi welcome to you Jayasree. I am so glad that I’ve been of some help to you! Please feel free to contact me if you want to know anything about Joburg. Hope you enjoy your stay. It’s a lovely city.

    • I am glad you find my blog helpful. There is really nothing to be scared of..especially if you want to go to popular places like sandton or fourways. A good way of meeting people is through meetup.com. Just check out their joburg groups..many have coffee and movie plans. You will soon make friends 🙂 I went to a lot of them when I moved here. Wish you luck.

  3. Hi Mia

    Thanks for the blog follow – I look forward to reading yours. Relocation is something I have always wanted to do (as an adult anyway since technically I did so as a kid) so I’m curious about your experiences!


    • Relocation brings out the best in you and the worst; its trying, annoying, frustrating but also exhilarating, intriguing and exciting. The move to SA has been challenging but I have loved every bit of it so far. Never a dull moment! Thanks for stopping by Kendra.

  4. What a great intro MiaMusings. I’ll certainly be checking out your blog when we plan our trip to Africa (I hope in the next year or so).
    Thank you for following our blog. I hope you enjoy the stories of our journey, both inner and outer.

  5. Hey Namrata, thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog and leading me to this lovely space of yours. Looks like we have much in common. 🙂 Your part of the world is absolutely on my travel wish-list. Hope to make it there soon. In the meanwhile I look forward to experiencing it vicariously through your blog 🙂

    • Welcome to the wild side Kan 😉 SA is breathtaking. I have had little chance of seeing the rest of Africa so far, but it’s all on my list too. We travellers and our lists! Hope you can make it sometime. I am sure you will love it.

  6. Ahh yes, my husband is also a trailing spouse! But soon enough we will be back in Australia. I have always wanted to visit South Africa, and hopefully soon I will! Oh, and to answer your question, no I haven’t yet reached 30 by 30 – I have 4 more countries to go in less than two years!

  7. Hi Mia, so glad to have found a fellow travel lover, being a trailing spouse sounds pretty awesome! Look forward to reading about your adventures in SA. It’s a place I really want to go to!

  8. Glad you found me Namrata 😀
    Your story is pretty cool!! South Africa must be amazing, I really want to go there someday!!
    Nice to know that you also have a dog friend ❤
    Lets keep in touch!!
    Have a wonderful weekend,

  9. Hi
    Thanks so much for the follow. Your story is equally fascinating. Anyone who picks up and tries another country and culture is adventuresome and awesome as far as I am concerned. Don’t know if we’ll ever make Africa but a safari is absolutely on my bucket list of more expensive things to do in retirement; think it depends on how well our investments perform.
    Rob and Diane

    • Thanks for the sweet words Rodi! It has been an experience indeed and a very fascinating one at that. SA is a lovely country with very warm ppl. That makes life much easier in a foreign country I think. As for safaris…yes, you must definitely do one at least! Hope your investments perform so well that you have a fab retirement 🙂

    • Hi! Sad to know that you have been feeling so negative about your job situation. Trust me, if you let the negativity affect you, it will take you down. I know first hand about how you must feel – but it’s not the end of the world. Try and look for other things to keep busy while you keep applying for jobs. Maybe join an NGO or a club that suits your interests? I am sure you will find your dream job soon. Wish you all the best 🙂

  10. As fellow re-locators I’m excited to follow your blog and learn more about South Africa, especially as it’s somewhere I’d love to explore more at some point. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  11. Always great to discover fellow expat & travel blogs! Have lived in many places, but never made it to South Africa… At least not yet 😉 Stay safe!

  12. Hi – I just came across your blog..I’ve been wanting to travel to SA for a long time now so glad I discovered you. Looking forward to reading about your travels, which it looks like there are a lot of :).

    • Oh thanks Fifi. I hope you do get a chance to visit SA soon. Its an amazing country with loads to offer. Thanks for following my blog. Hope to keep you entertained! Will check out your’s too.

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  14. Thanks for the article on How to get a Critical Skills Visa in South Africa. I am in the process of applying for one and would like your input on step number 7 of your article where you talk of the cover letter. Would you by any chance be able to provide me with a sample or the one that you submitted so that i can have an idea of what they need. I would hate it if my application fails because of something I was once hinted about. My email address is godfreysithole1@gmail.com . Hope to hear from you at your convenience.

    • Hi Godfrey, I am glad my article is helpful. In terms of the cover letter, unfortunately I don’t have a copy. I was a simple letter that clearly stated the purpose of my application – mentioning the critical skills category I was applying under. This is NOT a necessity but I was advised to include it after my application failed the first time. A lot of people have received the visa without this letter.
      Wish you all the best!

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