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.