My name is Emma Rainey, I was born and raised in West-Belfast, Northern Ireland and my star sign is Scorpio. I’m also an Irish expat who lives in Brussels and have spent most of my 20-somethings as a young professional attempting to climb the career ladder in the EU job market. My French is terrible and much to my Flemish boyfriend’s dismay, my Dutch is equally as bad – languages are not my forte. I enjoy watching period dramas, being creative in my spare time and having interesting conversations with friends.
I am a very passionate and opinionated person, although this may come across annoying at times to others, at the end of the day, I really don’t care. What’s important to me is that I’ve been able to express my views on the topics I care about. These usually range on issues surrounding social justice and human rights from a local to global perspective, political and current affairs, as well as the challenges that the average Jane/Joe like me and you face everyday.
I’m a big advocate for social change and through my writing I try to do that by providing thoughtful and reflective insights by looking at social contexts by examing aspects of history or by assessing society’s political and social spheres.
The idea behind ‘A Foot in Two Places’ is the dynamic relationship that we have in this globalised world with our personal identity and perspectives. My experience as an expat has signifcantly altered who I am and how I feel about the world around me. The concept of identity is more complex than ever. I myself am an Irish woman; however, I feel increasingly European – something I would never have felt if I hadn’t of lived abroad. Therefore, my reality reflects that I have a foot in two places – Belfast and home, and where I live now, Brussels.
Much of the content of A Foot in Two Places will be focused on the regions of Ireland, UK, Belgium and the rest of Europe. The occassional article here and there will have a much more international focus. I believe the themes and sentiment behind this blog can appeal to others who may share a similar experience or interests to myself.
Lastly, here are some of the things you will find here in A Foot in Two Places:
- Interest/context pieces on life stories, adventures and perspectives;
- Opinions on a range of topics, trends and issues;
- Recommendations on food, travel, film, books, etc.