It’s the middle of my work day, and the doorbell rings. Someone has come by from a local charity or other organization and wants a brief chat. I pause my work and open the door, smiling as I prepare myself for whatever it is they’d like to tell me about. Them: “Hello, I’m [Name] from … Continue reading Where are you from?
Merry Christmas! Because we had to renew our visas this winter, we couldn’t plan any travel outside the UK for the holidays. (But our new biometric residence permits arrived a few days ago — a wonderful Christmas gift!) No travel to the US meant planning a Christmas season of our own here in Wales. My husband … Continue reading An Expat Christmas
I’ve been living in the UK for nearly three years now (can you believe it?!) which means it’s that time again: Visa renewal time. We sent in our paperwork to renew our visas, and when I got back from my last work trip, we mailed in our passports to go along with our application. It … Continue reading Convoluted Paperwork
US expats have to walk a fine line when it comes to anything related to our former residence in the US. We are still tied to our last state of residence (in my case, California) for various official purposes, but if we cross the line that state can charge us state taxes. Here’s an example: for federal elections, … Continue reading Voting Abroad
… in Wales, and in Iowa. … with my family, and with my friends. … at a meetup with my coworkers, and at a coffee shop with my laptop. … in a tango embrace, and in the middle of a good book. … where I see the sunrise, and where I see the sunset. As … Continue reading Home is …
We decided on a whim to join some friends who had planned a visit to Chester — it’s less than an hour’s drive from home, which makes it an easy day trip. Normally trips like this result in all sorts of photos to illustrate the experience, but I came back with a grand total of … Continue reading Exploring Chester
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