I was born in Cameroon to Norwegian parents, who lived and worked as Lutheran missionaries. We lived there until I was seven years old and then we moved back to Norway. My great-grandparents on my father’s side were among the first missionaries in India, way, way back and he wrote a lot of book about his journeys.
I am glad to share some of the adventurous spirit or, rootlessness that led my relatives to leave their comfort zones. Granted, relocating from Norway to Australia to commence studies in the noughties is drastically less problematic than taking your young family and jumping on a merchant ship headed to Cameroon in the fifties, but it is still far away from home.