Over the past several months, I’ve shared a lot with you about my experience as an expat and trailing spouse, so I thought this week it would be fun to turn the mic over to four fabulous ladies who are also living the expat life.
From Thailand to Mexico, these intrepid women are navigating, surviving and thriving in new lands. So, let’s sit back and live vicariously through the life and times of these fabulous ladies living abroad, starting with Laura Bronner, the Eternal Expat.
Tell me about yourself.
I’m Laura, a writer and travel blogger originally from the US. I moved to Mexico City a few months ago and have been spending most of my free time studying Spanish and exploring this chaotic and colorful city.
Tell me about your living abroad experience(s).
I first moved abroad in 2010. My boyfriend and I had these grand plans to work for a few months in New Zealand before traveling for the rest of the year. What happened instead was that we spent over a year living in New Zealand, then we moved to Australia for two years and South Korea for a year after that. In between, I’ve visited family back home and lived in the UK for a few months at a time.
What attracted you to the idea of living abroad?
To be completely honest, originally it was to be with my boyfriend. Is that cheesy? He’s from the UK, I’m from the US. We met while we were studying abroad in Switzerland and we moved to New Zealand because it was somewhere we could be together. Most of our decisions since then have been to find countries where we can live together without too much bureaucracy. In an effort to do this, I sort of fell in love with traveling and with experiencing new cultures and now I get so excited about moving to new places to get to know them on a deeper level.
Why did you decide on that city/country?
I’ve been wanting to live in a Spanish speaking country for several years now. I really wanted to be immersed in the language and be forced to speak it day-in and day-out. My boyfriend got a really great job opportunity here in Mexico City this past summer and we both jumped at the opportunity to move here.
What is the best part of living there?
The food. You can get it any time of day, it’s cheap, and it’s absolutely packed with flavor. Whether it’s tacos el pastor, tortas, or fried quesadillas, fresh fruit or juice stands, rooftop bars, burgers, the list goes on-and-on. The food is just at another level in Mexico City.
What is one thing you’d change?
My Spanish level! It can be really frustrating not being able to communicate in exactly the way you want to, but I’m working on it every day. If only I could magically be fluent!
Best food and where can we find it?
oo, tough questions! I think the best food is the little street stalls that are open late at night. There’s a little taco stand just down my street and they make some of the best gringas I’ve had in the city. For a great dining experience, I recommend Mercado Roma (http://eternal-expat.com/2016/07/26/mexico-city-travel-mercado-roma/) – a funky indoor food hall with great Mexican fusion and tons of boutique bars.
What do you wish you’d known before you moved abroad?
How addictive it was going to be (then again, maybe I never would have left if I’d known that!). I never imagined when I moved abroad in 2010 that I’d still be living and traveling around the world, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Is there anything you miss from home?
My family and friends. I miss watching my nieces and nephews grow up, I miss people’s weddings and engagements and babies. It’s the one thing that draws me back home more and more often.
What is the one piece of advice you’d share with someone interested in moving/living abroad?
Don’t overthink it. If it’s something you truly want to do, do it. The worst thing that happens is that you don’t like it. You can always go home.
A huge thank you to Laura for sharing her experiences as an expat currently living in Mexico. You can follow Laura’s fabulous and colourful adventures at http://eternal-expat.com, or on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Snapchat (@laura.bron).
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