“Heidi Sand-Hart’s “Home Keeps Moving” authenticates the TCK experience. Her personal stories demonstrate the tangible reality of the TCK theories we have been reading and hearing about for years.” – Tina L Quick, author of The Global Nomad's Guide to University Transition

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Airports and home...

As you may have noticed, I was recently featured in a TCK short-film: "I am home: thoughts of a nomad". Not all of my transcript made the cut so here is the full version, in two parts:


"Home is the red earth and mountains of South India; the smell of tea plantations and eucalyptus trees being kissed by monsoon rains. It is having a delicious feast of curry and chapattis at 10 o’clock in the evening, being waited on by attentive, loving Asian ladies in England. It is summers spent traversing through beautiful Norwegian meadows, drinking from waterfalls, eating grandma’s home-cooked food....armed with the spirit of freedom and adventure. It is the exhilarating midnight run from a steaming sauna into a crystal clear Finnish lake. 

Home is a feeling that doesn’t come around all too often.

Home is motion. Home is change. Home is a contradiction. I feel more at home in chaos and dirt than order and cleanliness. I feel at homehere, there, and everywhere yet belong nowhere. 

I don’t have a special doll from my childhood or clothes from when I was a baby. I have lost a little more with every move. All I have to hold on to are photographs and memories, but even they fade with time. 

Home is a place within me that my heart always longs for. A treasure I’ve never found. A myth that is spoken about with such ease and normality yet something I can’t even put my finger on. Home keeps moving."


"Departures. Arrivals. Farewells. Hello’s. Tears and Laughter. 

Airports encapsulate the emotions of my life.

So many of my childhood memories are intertwined with airports, so much of my life has been spent in random terminal buildings. 

The moment I enter an airport, I flick in to autopilot and am embraced by a sense of familiarity and safety. They are portals to the outside world. A gateway to freedom. The possibilities are endless, the world at your fingertips. Airports propel us onwards, to the next chapter of life. And in that motion, I find comfort. In the transition, I find home.

Airports breed stories. Everyone has one whether they are leaving or arriving..."

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

"I am home" London screening

"I am home" (short-film by Anastasia Kirillova about being a modern-day nomad) is being screened at Brixton's Ritzy cinema on the 22nd November 2012 here in London. Ana has been nominated for a cinematography award and she really deserves it. 

Tickets are on general sale at: http://www.underwirefestival.com/ai1ec_event/looking-glass/?instance_id=109

You can watch "I am home" at Ana's website or here: http://vimeo.com/39100216

Sunday, 14 October 2012

"I am home", TCK short-film...

Finally, it is here -- my acting debut! A brilliant short-film by Anastasia Kirillova
about being a modern-day nomad. You can watch "I am home" in the film section of the below website:


"I am home" has been nominated for a cinematography award at Underwire festival and will be showcased at the Brixton Ritzy cinema in London next month. Very exciting...I am honoured to be part of this incredible project!

Enjoy and let me know what you think...

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Master Tonic - bye bye colds!

I have just completed my first batch of "Master Tonic" (also known as Winkie Juice to Ywamers). It is one of the greatest natural remedies for colds, ailments, infections and illnesses. It is known as a modern day plague tonic. You can of course use it as a preventative and I intend to test it this winter to keep colds at bay.

I first heard about it 13 years ago from a speaker and chemist called Winkie Pratney. The taste isn't everyone's cup of tea but the health benefits are so worth it.

Here is the recipe:

1 bottle of unfiltered, organic apple cider vinegar
Equal parts of fresh:
Horseradish root (couldn't find any myself, so just used jar stuff)
Hot chillies (habenero, scotch bonet, seranos, indian, etc)

- Dice all of the ingredients finely (you can even blend them) and fill 3/4 of the way in an airtight jar. Fill to the top (leaving an inch) with apple cider vinegar.  
- Let it marinate together for 2 weeks in a dark cupboard, shaking at least once a day.
- Strain out the veggies and fill into airtight bottles. 

It lasts for up to a year in a dark cupboard or in the fridge. Take a tablespoon once a day, or 4-5 times a day if you're sick. Good luck...let me know if you try it! :)

Wednesday, 15 August 2012



Tuesday, 24 July 2012

HKM 2nd Anniversary...

Just over two years ago "Home Keeps Moving" was released into the world. Thanks for all the wonderful e-mails, support and help in spreading the message of Third Culture Kids further. 

It's been a beautiful journey so far...long may it continue!

Wednesday, 13 June 2012


Want to win a signed copy of "Home Keeps Moving"?! 

Check out my interview with Drie Culturen and comment for a chance to win:


Thursday, 7 June 2012

"Home" is currently beautiful Malta...

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

TCK short-film project "I AM HOME"

LONDONERS: The short "modern day nomad" film I was featured in recently - I Am Home - will be shown for the month of June at an exhibition in Central London. 8th June - 30 June 2012, WC2N 5BW. 
If interested, "like" my Facebook page and I'll send you an event invite: 

Friday, 11 May 2012

Book Review

I am constantly amazed at how "Home Keeps Moving" continues to travel far and wide. I receive incredible e-mails from people it has touched and am alerted to positive book reviews such as the one below. Thank you all for taking the time to give me feedback and for helping spread TCK awareness.

Book Review: 

“Home Keeps 


by Heidi Sand-Hart

"Summary: Heidi shares her life as a TCK/MK from India moving from country to country from continent to continent, and from culture to culture. She shares the joys, the excitement, and the hard ugly truth of the pain from her experiences. She uses many quotes from other TCK related books and then shares stories as examples. Some stories are her own, others are from fellow TCKs who have written about their own experiences. She discusses issues such as loss, grief, education, and “rootlessness”.
My thoughts: Loved it! I checked it out from the library and had a hard time not writing in it – so I am ordering my own copy soon..." 

Monday, 16 April 2012


It occurred to me recently, whilst watching BBC's "Empire", that most of the countries I've lived in have a strong British influence. Whether colonised as India was, or a member of the commonwealth, the British influence is strong and recognisable. India. Canada. New Zealand.

But it is the entanglement of Indian and British culture that is of most interest to me. I often get asked which country feels like home and although I can never find the elements of my upbringing in just one place, I usually answer "England". In truth, it is both India and England that have always had the strongest semblance of "home" and since both cultures are laced with tangible traces of the other, it makes sense to my soul. I grew up in England wearing Punjabi suits and eating curry, surrounded by Indians...and lived in India surrounded by the remnants of British rule, attending a British boarding school, having afternoon tea and living in cottages built by the British. 

Although my parents' Scandinavian roots have been ever present in my upbringing, it is the combination of British and Indian which has the strongest connection to the fabric of my existence. They go hand in hand for me. It is while devouring a dosa in South London or riding the extensive Indian railway put in place by the British that I feel most complete.

Saturday, 24 March 2012

The Charlotte Leatherbarrow Foundation

The charity I work for - The Charlotte Leatherbarrow Foundation - officially launched on Tuesday the 20th March and our website went live. 

You can now read all about us at: 

AND there are some fabulous videos about Charlotte which will give you a better idea of what we do. Watch them here:


For more info or if you want to donate, e-mail me at: heidi@charlottefoundation.org

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Horse & Rider

A film that I'm really looking forward to...filmed partly in my hometown of Ooty, India. You can pre-order the film at: http://freedomfirm.storenvy.com/products/179432-horse-rider-a-journey-towards-freedom

Please support their worthy cause to "free the daughters of India"...

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Another project worth checking out

Introducing my dear friends and their fabulous idea for helping Thailand. 
Track the Pallister's story at: http://teampallister.com/

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Snowy London...

Well the big news over here in London is that it actually SNOWED!! I don't quite understand why people get so surprised, I've experienced snow almost every winter I've lived here. But still...it's a welcome change from the dreary grey of February. The city really does look quite beautiful under a blanket of white.

Thursday, 26 January 2012


We went to Paul's homeland for our Christmas holiday and were greeted by excessive rain! So much for the NZ summer but a good time was still had...