EVA MELUSINE (SINE) THIEME was born in Germany and has since moved across the world seven times, lugging progressively more stuff and family members along the way. She has a business degree from a German university too difficult to pronounce and an MBA from UNC Chapel Hill. After three adventure-filled years in Africa she now lives in Brentwood, TN, where she dedicates her time to her freelance writing career while often reminding her children to pick up their rooms. She serves on the board of Africa On Deck, a non-profit organization to support baseball in underprivileged communities in Africa.

Thieme’s award-winning travel memoir Kilimanjaro Diaries: Or, How I Spent a Week Dreaming of Toilets, Drinking Crappy Water, and Making Bad Jokes While Having the Time of My Life was published in March 2014 and subsequently translated into German. Both editions have become Amazon bestsellers in African travel literature. She is also the founder of Joburg Expat, a widely-read blog chronicling her family’s life in Johannesburg, South Africa. Her articles on expat living, travel, and parenting have been published in numerous publications, such as the Wall Street Journal, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, SA People, and Kansas City Parent Magazine.

Her other accomplishments include having grasped the difference between just now and now now as expressions of South African time, remaining sane – so she likes to think – with four teenagers in the house, and having her water fairy namesake printed on every paper cup of a major coffee company.



  1. Thanks for your recent article on entitled expat kids. You make some really good points. I would recommend that you also read our book entitled “How Much is too Much? Raising likable, responsible, respectful children from toddlers to teens – in an age of overindulgence” by Jean Illsley Clarke, Connie Dawson, and David Bredehoft. If is a research based look at the issue and also offers clear tools for parents to use.

    • Hi David – thank you SO Much for your comment about entitled kids. I’m thrilled to hear from you as I feel this is coming full-circle in a way. I had interviewed Jean Illsley Clarke for my 2010 article in Kansas City Parent Magazine entitled “Little Ways to Let Go” where I touched upon some of the issues and tools raised in “How Much is Enough.” Here is the link: http://www.kcparent.com/March-2010/Little-Ways-to-Let-Go/. I’m a big fan of Jean’s. In fact, it was she who immediately came to mind when I wrote this new article – from the expat perspective – for the Wall Street Journal. I’ll be sure to put a link to “How Much is too Much?” on my Facebook page as a follow-up for my readers! Here is the link to that page if you’re interested in joining the discussion: https://www.facebook.com/JoburgExpat

  2. 2 Sept
    Hi thank you for your blog i enjoyed reading the expat article about the entitlement kids/spouse ha ha ha… I am a South African, born & bread in Durban and then moved to Joburg before we moved out to Cambodia 7’n half years ago. From there we moved to Philippines 2 years ago. I really enjoyed your article and would like to follow more of what you write, and even to catch-up with you to have a chat about expat live, Joburg… etc… if you are interested… Kind Regards Liesl .

    • Hi Liesl, thanks for the kind words! And absolutely, you are welcome to follow me here on my author website. You can sign up to get email alerts every time I post something, or sign up for the newsletter (which I have to yet compose and send out the first time:-). Or if you wish, follow me on http://www.joburgexpat.com, where I write about a number of expat issues. I also have a Facebook page called Joburg Expat. You seem like you’ve had a very interesting expat life yourself!

  3. Hi Liesl. I have very fond memories of reading your Kilaminjaro book out loud to my husband with both of us crying with laughter. Thank you for a lovely book. We are South African expat s living in Sacramento and grew up in Johannesburg. Lara.

    • Hi Lara – thank you so much for your nice comment!I especially like hearing from my South African readers as I am so fond of anything South African. I do hope you’ve been able to go back to visit Johannesburg. And maybe divert to Kilimanjaro for a quick climb while you’re there:)

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