About Mariam Ottimofiore

Mariam Navaid Ottimofiore was one of Fuchsia's founding members, its first content editor and a regular writer and contributer for the magazine. Mariam holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount Holyoke College in the United States, and has 7+ years of experience in the finance and corporate world. She is also the Co-author of the book "Export Success and Industrial Linkages in South Asia" published in 2008. She is a travel enthusiast and a long-term expat, having lived in 7 countries in the past 12 years, but is still hopeless at packing suitcases and an expert at getting lost in every new city she calls home. She currently resides in Dubai with her husband and two children. To follow her expat adventures, you can read more on her blog "www.andthenwemovedto.com".

New Zealand promises magic, magnificence and memorable times! It’s best to be honest at the outset here – I was not exactly too convinced if New Zealand would be entirely my cup of tea. After all, under no circumstances do I bungy jump, no matter how spectacular the scenery. I’m not a trekker or aContinue reading

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By Mariam Ottimofiore It all started with a rather ordinary conversation with a neighbour. She had just returned from a week in Turkey, and was talking about her impressions of Istanbul. It seemed Turkey had not lived up to her expectations. Having been to Istanbul myself and seen the beautiful Haya Sofia and the dazzlingContinue reading

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As I stood at the tip of the Cape of Good Hope and looked out at the vast expanse of sea ahead of me, I realized I was standing at the southernmost tip of the African continent; a spot where the two oceans (the Atlantic and the Indian) meet. To my left were the coldContinue reading

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Tired of going to Phuket or Bali and fighting for a quiet spot on the beach? This month, Suitcases & Souvenirs takes you off the beaten track instead, to a destination, which is a wonderfully kept secret – until now of course. From unique wildlife to untouched jungle, few places can match the natural dramaContinue reading

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This month, through Suitcases & Souvenirs, I take you through the perfect city break that has something for everyone in the family: temples, culture and history to keep my husband happy, animal adventures for my toddler, and loads of cheap shopping for me. Our search for such an all-in-one took us to the culturally rich,Continue reading

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This month, FUCHSIA’s resident travel writer Mariam Ottimofiore reveals favourite off-the-radar, secret travel destinations shared by her husband and her – just don’t tell anyone else!   Forget Santorini and Mykonos. When it comes to choosing which idyllic Greek island to explore, Corfu was Homer’s “beautiful and rich land”, and is the less touristy and,Continue reading

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Forget the seven star properties, the man made islands, the tallest building in the world, the underwater hotels, the malls with ski slopes and the glitzy Marina skyline – it’s all old news and hardly worth a mention in that postcard you send back home. We all know Dubai knows how to create headlines. ButContinue reading

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Please, please, please don’t hate me, but at the risk of alienating you, my dear reader, it is important that I admit at the outset exactly who I used to be. On my wedding day, note the skinny arms. I was that girl that you probably hate, or love to secretly hate – Naturally thinContinue reading
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It’s best to be honest at the outset here – I was not exactly too convinced if New Zealand would be entirely my cup of tea. After all, under no circumstances do I bungy jump, no matter how spectacular the scenery. I’m not a trekker or a hiker or into white water rafting, kayaking orContinue reading
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