In 2009, Maria and her husband moved from Europe to Africa where she started Aimmea, a design studio that dyes and manufactures silk attire. When not working, Maria loves to spend time with her dogs and cat, preferably outdoors, enjoying the plants and trees while contemplating her life. Occasionally she likes to replace this quiet existence with the city life that she grew to adore. Although she always wished she were the reading-a-book-at-night type, she is far from it. Her ideal evening is spent at home, watching old black and white films with her husband and eating real, home-cooked food and enjoying a glass of wine. While she continues to grow her company, she secretly aspires to become a crazy old cat lady once her expat life is over. Maria is a contributing writer for Introvert, Dear.