by Anika Smit


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781425100193
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
Publication date: 11/21/2006
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 0.39(w) x 9.00(h) x 6.00(d)

About the Author

I was born in 1992 in the small town of Vereeniging in South Africa, not very far from Johannesburg. Very soon after my second birthday we moved to Holland where my dad then worked. I have very fond memories of those early years, growing up in Holland, and going everywhere with my mother on her bicycle – me on the back and my brother in his seat on the front.

At the time when I was old enough for K5 we moved to the US and settled in Greenville SC. We all really enjoyed living in the Deep South, Dad even go himself a pick-up truck, and Mom continued her career as an artist. My brother and I really loved it here, how else. It was close to the beach, and almost in the Smokey Mountains.

After about 5 years we spent a short and memorable year living just outside Washington DC, in North Potomac MD. It was during this year that my father accepted a position on the design team of a very large new chemicals project that was going to be built in China. We were on our way back to Holland, and we were all so exited. We settled in a small town close to The Hague, Dad spent a lot of time traveling to China, and we enjoyed the beauty of the Dutch country side.
Towards the end of 2002, Dad and Mom decided that we would follow the project through to the end and would soon be moving to Nanjing, China. I must admit that trying to settle in China was a culture shock, but we have come to love this strange land with its wonderful people. As a matter of fact, I even attended a real Chinese school for a while, and now speak Chinese.

I have been very fortunate to see so much of the world at such a young age. It was not always easy, but it surely has been exciting. I do not know what the future holds for me, for now though I am happy to be in China.

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