If you’re preparing to move abroad and trying to decide whether to bring your car with me, let me help: Don’t do it. I recently listened to Planet Money’s episode “Why Cars From Europe and the US Just Can’t Get Along” and thought back to our car experiences with our last two moves. When we moved from … Continue reading Moving Abroad with a Car
We’ve been living in Wales for about 3 months now. We’re finally at that point where day-to-day things feel normal but perhaps a little rough around the edges. Maybe you know what I mean: We have real furniture in all the rooms, but we’re still using makeshift curtains. We have our own car again, but … Continue reading Settling In
It’s been a while since I last posted on this blog, and I have a confession: I’m not an expat in Germany anymore. At the beginning of this year, we up and moved to an adorable town in North Wales. The move was in the works for a number of months, which may explain the dearth … Continue reading Adventures as an Expat in … Wales!
I feel incredibly lucky to be living across the ocean from where I grew up. I feel even luckier to have such easy ways to connect with everyone I had to leave back in the U.S. I just finished a lengthy conversation via Google Hangouts that included my parents, my brother, and my sister-in-law. We … Continue reading Keeping in Touch
It all began with the apartment owner’s fateful words: “I’m not sure if the building has cable; I think so.” I should have run for the hills. If there is one thing I absolutely need at home, it is an internet connection. Preferably a very, very fast one. At the time, however, that was the … Continue reading The Quest for the Internet
I wanted to document some of the last-minute activities surrounding our move, but of course there was no time for it. Instead, I will offer some reflections on the experience: 1. Go with the flow. One of the best things I did was to just let go of my expectations and just go with the … Continue reading Post-Move Reflections
We are two weeks away from our flight to Germany. The move feels very real at this point! Thankfully, most of our plans are settled now. We have chosen a moving company and helped our landlord find new renters for our current home. We have also planned to take a little vacation when we arrive … Continue reading Moving Plans: Two Weeks