Expats on Lockdown

I’m not planning to blog more than this once about the current Coronavirus situation. I figure everyone is exhausted just living through it — you don’t need to read a bunch about it, too. It’s also therapeutic to go through older photos of trips and hikes, to remember and blog about those experiences. I’ll try … Continue reading Expats on Lockdown

Where are you from?

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?

Convoluted Paperwork

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

Voting Abroad

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