Brigid grew up on a dairy farm in Denmark.
She was an excellent student and finished her studies of biochemistry with distinction. After a year in the US - a student grant can be a very helpful thing indeed ! - she accepted an attractive job offer from Glaxo Smith Kline, a multinational pharmaceutical corporation.
She enjoyed her work there tremendously and was enthusiastic when she was asked if she wanted to go to Bangkok. Yes, she wanted to go and was in the middle of preparations when she realized that she was pregnant.
Shaun, both her partner and her colleague in research, who had already applied to go to Bangkok too, was delighted and tried his best to make her look forward to the baby. His own childhood in Ireland had been very happy and he certainly wanted to have kids, preferably half a dozen.
After a good deal of thought and consideration and acquiring a lot of relevant expat information they decided they wanted it all and went off to have the jobs, the baby and the new life in Thailand.
Other expats recommended The Good Mondays Society to them and so they managed - two months before their departure and four months before the birth of the baby - to establish two special family friendships.
The knowledge and the support of these two couples who had babies themselves in Bangkok was priceless and they were delighted to find out how many advantages there were to an expat life in the Far East.
All three families are still in Bangkok today and their kids attend kindergarten together.