8 things I miss about being an expat in Equatorial Guinea

Right out of college, I moved to the small West African nation of Equatorial Guinea.  I was working as an engineer for an oil and gas company.  I spent 9 months living in Equatorial Guinea or on an oil platform off the coast of EQG.  I was an unfortunate victim of the drop of price in oil.  I love working in Equatorial Guinea many reasons and miss it every day.  Here are the top 8 things I miss about EQG. Continue Reading . . .

Photo Thursday – Pico Basilé Breaking Through

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Every Thursday, I will be posting a photo from my travels.  Today’s Photo Thursday  is of Pico Basilé near Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.  When I walked out from my hotel, the mountain was clouded over.  Before my ride arrived, the mountain emerged from the clouds.  It is 9,879ft (3,011 m)tall and is the tallest of the three volcanos on my island home of Bioko.  The mountain also happens to be the highest point in Equatorial Guinea. Pico Basilé like most of the island is covered tropical rainforest.  Currently, Pico Basilé lies dormant along the Cameroon geologic fault line. Continue Reading . . .

Founding of Matd Travel Blog

In early October 2013, I received the email that every college senior hopes for. It was an offer letter from my first choice company. Two roads diverged in a yellow wood. The offer opened a whole new world. It wasn’t just an offer, it was an offer for an international mobile position. I was asked to expatriate in West Africa. Two roads stood before me: the well-worn safe route of taking a job in the US or the uncharted territory of being an expat. Sorry I could not travel both, Continue Reading . . .