Petite Adventures is a space for me to share my life abroad – whether that’s navigating the expat life in Madrid or Leeds or exploring and experiencing a different place while travelling.
Every so often I like to hand the mic over to someone else who’s chosen a life abroad, to share their perspective, their experiences, their likes and dislikes of living in a different land. Today, I’m passing the mic over to Amanda Afield, an American living in and loving the Lake District, UK.
Tell me about yourself.
I’m American, originally from Connecticut, currently living in the Lake District in England. I’m a structural engineer and enjoy travelling, running hiking and blogging.
Tell me about your living abroad experience(s).
My partner and I have lived in the UK for just over two years and it’s been quite an experience. We’ve a year left on our contract here, and after that, who knows? Prior to this living abroad experience, I studied abroad in Cape Town, South Africa, which was my first time leaving the US. Those months in Cape Town made me realise how much of the world there was to see, and really sparked my interest in travelling abroad.
What attracted you to the idea of living abroad?
I was originally opposed to the idea. My partner got offered a transfer to the UK within his company, and I eventually came around to the idea. The travel and new experiences were the main selling points for the move, and we didn’t want to miss out on a once in a lifetime opportunity and regret it later.
Why did you decide on that city/country?
We didn’t have much of a choice the job he got offered was in northern England.
What is the best part of living there?
Living just outside the Lake District National park is amazing- there are so many places to hike and explore within a short drive, and I love the outdoorsy culture. Being able to travel to Europe so easily and cheaply is great as well, we’ve tried to take advantage of it as much as possible!
What is one thing you’d change?
I can’t think of anything!
Best food and where can we find it?
I’m partial to Mince Pies- you can find them everywhere leading up to Christmas!
What do you wish you’d known before you moved abroad?
I wish I’d known how well everything would work out. I was incredibly nervous about searching for a job, finding friends and that I’d want to go home, but I’m really enjoying life in the UK!
Is there anything you miss from home?
I miss being close to family and friends, it’s hard missing out on major life events and holidays with the people you care about. I also miss the variety of American food! It’s difficult to find good pizza or Mexican food in the UK, so when we’re home we try to visit all our favourite places.
What is the one piece of advice you’d share with someone interested in moving/living abroad?
Don’t be afraid to get out and meet people, moving to a new place, especially when it’s abroad, can be lonely. It’s important to make an effort and get out there to make friends.
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