Kirsty Rice is an Australian writer and blogger. After calling 7 countries home over the past 11 years she's embarrassed to admit she still can't pack a suitcase properly and spends much of her time trying to remember her new telephone number and where she packed the can opener.
Kirsty writes mostly about the juggle of career and children while struggling through the geographical schizophrenia of expat life. Kirsty's four children have been born in four different countries and she congratulates herself on not leaving any of them behind in the moving process.
4 kids, 20 suitcases and a beagle has appeared in both the London Telegraph and The New York Times. Kirsty is a regular contributor on the enormously successful website Mamamia.com.au.
What is a Shamozal?
It hadn't occurred to me the term "Shamozal" wasn't universal until I had to start explaining myself every time I gave out my email address.
I'm not sure how to explain it and I'm sure many people have different ideas, but in my mind it's a situation or an event that hasn't gone exactly to plan, things may have turned a little.....pear shaped.
I imagine anyone who saw us at the airport in November about to embark on our move to Qatar with 4 kids, 20 suitcases and a barking beagle may have thought.... What a Shamozal!