About us

Galicia, Spain 2012
Welcome to our blog, SagaUnscripted.

As an family living abroad, (also known as "expat" according to this) we mostly write about our recent international teaching adventures in Guatemala and Abu Dhabi city- and our experiences in our new position in Ruwais, in the United Arab Emirates. We include personal life experiences from both places.

When I go to a site, I like to consider the source. I want to know who this person that is spouting off about the topic, and why they should be considered qualified to have an opinion. So, let me tell you a little about myself and those who keep me on the straight and narrow...

First, there's me, Benjamin Barnett. I went to Guatemala to teach English at an international school in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Now, we're living the next part of our adventure in Abu Dhabi. I've also taught Spanish and bilingual education in Texas, driven a school bus for a while, studied Mayan languages, peeled shrimp on the Gulf of Mexico, delivered newspapers, and host of other exciting things (at least I consider them so). Indigenous cultures in general are my passion, so what better way to mix two things I love (teaching and traveling) than to share that information with you?
In a Bedouin Tent, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. 2012

My wife, Adina writes most of the content. She also taught English at the same Guatemalan international school, but now stays home teaching our children (and lots of other things.) I constantly run things by her, she throws her two (or more) cents in the mix, and we churn out what we hope is more than drivel. We share many of the same interests (that's how we got together, after all) but Adina's also focused on natural living, raising kids abroad, and other women's issues.

And of course, our kiddos...
Born in 2007 and growing quickly, beautiful, very independent, and a budding bilingual child, Talia is a handful! She's very active, and just as likely to ask us for something in Spanish as in English. She's a major reason we chose to move abroad while she was still very young (18 months when we moved to Guatemala,) in order to have her fully bilingual instead of learning in her teens and twenties as we did. She's doing well and having a blast (most days, anyway). She is now fully fluent in Spanish and English and also learning Portuguese.

Our boy, Elias, arrived in early December 2011 and we are enjoying getting to know him and seeing his little personality develop. We intend to keep the Spanish-English bilingualism going, and as we'll be in Abu Dhabi, maybe he'll get to pick up another language as well!

We are excited to be expecting our third addition to the family in late April 2014. 

Why this site?

When we were preparing to move to Guatemala, we noticed that information about actually living in Guatemala, as opposed to just traveling, was very hard to come by online. Fact is, it's not too easy to come by living there, especially in English! So, we decided to fill a need and actually put up some useful information about moving and living there. That was how this blog was started, as well as a website, All-About-Guatemala.com

Of course, once people move abroad, they don't want to just stay in one place, so there is a strong travel component to this site, as well. It's our goal to provide quality, practical information that people can use and not have to worry about being sold something all the time. While the site may have initially had much to do with living in Guatemala, because that's one of the most recent adventures, it's called "saga unscripted" for a reason. We never know where we will end up next!

Texas countryside 2011

Well, that's us. If you see something written from my perspective, Adina's point of view, or from both of us, just know that everything here is what we live, day in and day out, with a little extra around the edges to round it out. We hope you'll stick around, read, learn, and even contribute.

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If you want to know more or if you just feel like telling us off...we'll take it all!