Born in Switzerland, Katja Meier earned a degree in performing arts in Zurich and worked for a few years as an actor in the German-speaking countries. In her late twenties, she traded Shakespeare and Goethe for a backpack and never looked back.
She settled in Tuscany in 1999 and worked as an olive picker, wine tour guide, wedding planner and life coach before taking on a small refugee home in an Italian hilltop town. She lives with her Italian partner and their two kids next to an olive grove with a view over a little-known valley in the praised Tuscan countryside.
Katja writes for Trust and Travel villas, her Map It Out blogs and The Telegraph.
A GUARDIAN Best Summer Book 2018!
"Perfectly done, with so much humor and outrage both, Across the Big Blue Sea says more than most anything I've read about the 'refugee crisis' and how the system is set up to fail, even the best-intentioned and most well-meaning (without shying away from the fact that plenty of people involved are neither)." - Lauren Collins, The New Yorker staff writer