Expat Update

Expat Update 30 January 2017 [petiteadventures.org]

Hello, and welcome to the first expat update of 2017. I was so excited to write this update because it feels like the first time in a while that I have nothing to complain about!

The internet is sorted. Pay cheques have started to roll in. Jet lag is GONE. After four months, it feels like life has finally settled in Leeds.

Now, don’t get me wrong, this doesn’t mean things are perfect – I mean, I’m still on the job hunt and in the past few weeks I’ve seen more grey skies than blue but, I’m choosing to focus on the positives because overall, life is pretty damn great right now. Continue reading “Expat Update”

Let’s Go On An Adventure: Expat & Travel Goals for 2017

Travel and expat goals for 2017 [petiteadventures.org]

I haven’t exactly jumped into 2017 with both feet. It’s not because I have anything against 2017 or any apprehensions about this upcoming year, it’s more that it just didn’t make sense to really kick off 2017 right away.

You may have noticed, but I took a bit of a holiday in December, a holiday which was spent in Canada, visiting families, and overcoming a cold. We stayed until after New Years, so I’d already decided it didn’t make sense to start working on my goals until we got back (clearly, I am a master procrastinator).

When we returned to Leeds, I gave myself a couple of days to readjust as I feared I would be suffering jet lag, and didn’t really want to feel like a failure just five days into the New Year.

Well, this turned out to be one of the greatest decisions in my life.

Since we’ve been back, I’ve been struck down by the worst case of jet lag in human history (maybe a bit hyperbolic, but it’s the worst case of jet lag in this human’s history), which has only gotten worse as the days wear on.

This is why we’re nearly two weeks into the new year and I’m just now getting my act together, and getting started on this whole new year, new me thing (although, I’d really like to think of it as new year, better me).

So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the life and travel goal I’m looking to achieve in 2017.
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Expat Update: Reconnected!

Expat Update Reconnected! [petiteadventures.org]

Hello reader-friends!

Today is a most wonderful day! Not only is it Friday, but it’s the first day I’m writing to you from the comforts of my living room, whilst wrapped in a blanket, sitting just meters away from the fridge and all its delicious contents.

Yes, that’s right. After 3 months of delays, struggles and obnoxious appointments, our home has finally been wired for wifi.

Cue the bands, it’s time to celebrate! 🎉 Continue reading “Expat Update: Reconnected!”

Expat Update: Patience and Privilege

Title card - Expat Update: Patience & Privilege [petiteadventures.org]

Our first six weeks in England haven’t at all gone as I had planned. I thought life in England would be easier than in life in Spain for the simple fact that we spoke the language. But our time here has been anything but simple. Since we arrived (and even before) our days have been fraught with bureaucracy, hurdles, and more paperwork than I could have ever anticipated. Most disappointing has been the fact that I haven’t had a single chance to wear a fascinator, and I am really keen to wear a fascinator.

Last week, it all sort of hit me. The weather was cold and cloudy, my ovaries had taken me hostage, and I was tired of dealing with stuff. I was tired of overcoming hurdles only to encounter new ones and, oh-my-goodness, I was beyond tired of dealing with paperwork! So I stopped. I took a few days off to mull over where we’ve been and where we still have to go, and I decided to write a little rant about it.

So, without further ado, here is my expat update rant about privilege, patience and life lately. Continue reading “Expat Update: Patience and Privilege”