About Me

Dream of being an author, or a travel writer, however, in reality, an overworked translator and sporadic blogger. Born in the Netherlands, raised in the Middle East and “educated” in London.

I left the rat race of London in 2004 (after 10 long years working for IT firms & banks in the City) for a long sojourn in Sri Lanka with a view to further travels only to be caught up in the huge tsunami on Boxing day 2004 and my heart wasn’t really able to leave the island since. This blog details my life as an expat in Sri Lanka and talks about food too. I moved back to the Netherlands in 2017 to spend the majority of my time in Europe (travelling remains an addiction) and had a break from blogging but expect to start up regularly again soon. Any ideas for content welcomed. My days see me working a translator so expect advice, info and grievances about that too.

Work stuff

  • Large translation work has included software, legal contracts, legislative and regulatory texts, financial and business reports, annual reports, medical documentation (specifically EC documentation, SmPCs, ICFs etc.), one psychology book, technical manuals and IT documents. I also localise websites, iOS and Android apps and have done a lot of SEO keyword and Google Adwords localisation as well. Other special interests are travel, food (currently into keto and intermittent fasting) and drink, and alternative medicine (ayurveda).
  • Journalism work has included pieces on global current affairs, numerous travel articles about Sri Lanka and ayurveda including destination and hotel reviews, and reporting of major events and festivals across the country. And of course, recipes, featuring many different cuisines!
  • Financial writing work has included writing risk management case studies, reporting on credit risk in the financial crisis of 2008, a survey report on operational risk in banking, the role of IT in the calculation of business risk. I am also an experienced RFP writer for the IT and Consultancy industry.

Besides translation and writing, I am always looking to plan my next trip. I support various charities and did one and a half years voluntary work after the 2004 tsunami in Sri Lanka.

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21 thoughts on “About Me”

  1. If that’s not cool, what is. Following you and will keep an eye on your Srilankan musings. Blog about lifestyle at {trumatter.wordpress.com} and editor at {slurrpy.com}. You’ll see a lot of me! 😀

  2. Hola Ankie from rural Andalucia. A mutual friend told me about your blog and as I have similar interests in food to you (you can see here: http://www.theflexiblechef.co.uk) I thought it could be interesting to follow you. I spent one month travelling around India by train earlier this year and love Asian food.

    Best wishes

    Phil Morrison aka The Flexible Chef

    1. Hi Phil – thanks for your message. I have just liked your page on Facebook (it looks great!) so we are following each other. I’m going to read about your Indian adventure soon as I’m currently doing quite a few blog articles on Indian food. Always nice to be in touch with like-minded people.

      Ankie

  3. Hi Ankie! Great blog! I am traveling to sri lanka in August and am curious if you have any recommendations for local guides in the country? If not then any spots you recommend visiting off the normal tourist track?

    Thanks!

    Noelle

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A blog about freelance translation as a digital nomad, travel, food & drink and all things Sri Lankan and Dutch.

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