Welcome to my blog. Almost ten years ago I left San Francisco to move to Italy. I gave up my job, my apartment, my car, and proximity to family and friends for an adventure. The decision didn’t feel like a choice at the time, it came with a kind of certainty that doesn’t come around too often. So instead of continuing to spend countless hours escaping to the travel section of my local Rand McNally bookstore, I decided to finally go. I gave notice to my landlord and boss. I sold my stuff. I slept on friends’ couches to save money. I read up on living and working abroad and took Italian lessons. I made connections and set up interviews. And then I bought an airline ticket and left. I was two months shy of turning 30.
It’s ten years later, I’m approaching 40, and I guess I’m what you would call an ex-expat. There are a gazillion of blogs written by Americans living in other countries. I’m writing this blog from the flip side – after you return. I’ll discuss ideas and share advice from my experiences such as as finding work, studying a language and having a child in another country. I’ll share favorite places we traveled to and those we want to go next. I’ll chronicle my observations and interests including how I try to incorporate what living abroad has taught me into everyday life. And hopefully provide some entertainment along the way!
They say once you’ve lived an expat life, it becomes part of your identity and who you are, and you lose a part of who you were.