Life in Edinburgh Moving Abroad

Life Update

It’s been nearly three months since Simon and I moved abroad, so I thought I’d give a quick update on our new life! Many expat blogs have a post entitled “Expectation vs Reality.” This tends to be where they debunk all their grandiose visions of moving abroad and discuss the struggles they faced in the …

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The Train to Edinburgh

The next morning, we woke up super early to catch our train to Edinburgh. With all of our bags to load in, we wanted to make sure we had plenty of time at the station to get situated before the mad rush. Throughout this whole journey, Uber XL has been our best friend. With the …

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The Day in London

When we arrived in London, Sam dropped us off at our hotel. We put our things away and went out for a walk (since we had been sitting in the car all day). We walked up to St.Paul’s and down to the Millenium Bridge, then walked along the Thames toward the Tower Bridge. Rosie was …

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The EuroTunnel

The next morning, Sam picked us up in his rental car. We had been worried about how the cases would fit in the car and for good reason. Even after having to leave one case at home, we still struggled to make it all work. It was definitely a game of suitcase Tetris! After a …

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(A Little Over) 24 Hours in Paris

We arrived in Paris at 7am in the morning (midnight our time) and were extremely jet lagged. Simon didn’t sleep the whole plane ride, and I only slept for an hour. Arriving to Customs, we were ready. I had Rosie’s paperwork out, and Simon was prepared to give the story as to why we were …

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The Flight

The moment had finally come! After all the preparations, it was finally time to make my dream come true and move abroad. With my visa in hand, I felt ready and excited! To be honest, at the time, it just felt like we were going on vacation. It didn’t really hit me until the plane …

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The Plan

Coming up with a plan to get Rosie to Edinburgh was definitely more challenging than expected (in large part because of my own anxieties). As I mentioned earlier, pets are not allowed to travel into the UK in the cabin of the plane. Rosie is a twelve pound ball of nerves. She has no hair …

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UK Spousal Visa

Oh boy! Where to begin?! My visa application process was extremely stressful, in large part due to my own negligence. I’m a very organized person, but sometimes things fall through the cracks. This time, it just happened to be one of the most important parts of the move. Word to the Wise: It takes TWELVE …

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How to Move Overseas with a Dog

Rosie is our tiny dog. I got her fresh out of college, and she helped me through the struggles of finding my way in the real world. Through many moves, she was my constant and companion. She was always there to love on when I needed a hug. When Simon came into our lives, she …

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Finding a Home in Edinburgh

Home. Everyone defines it differently. In general, home is where you feel most comfortable. Whether it is a certain location or many locations or even just a feeling, home is where you seek warmth and are fully allowed to be yourself. As introverts, creating a home is very important to Simon and me. Our home …

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