In March 2013 my husband told me there was a possibility of his work moving us out to San Francisco from London. 16 months later we were on a plane ready to begin new lives. It doesn’t sound very long, but those 16 months felt like a lifetime. I found it hard to give my career in the UK 110 per cent, when I was also looking into the work opportunities in California. I felt split and frustrated by the uncertainty. Ultimately, if our visas had been refused those 16 months would have faded into our joint history. We […]
After a few months of living stateside I felt like I’d pretty much mastered the San Francisco ‘grocery store’, but one aisle still gave me trouble: the baking aisle.
As soon as our visas were confirmed I threw myself into the logistics of how to get two furry felines from Crouch End in London to San Francisco in California. I Googled furiously, I consulted with my vet and I tried to find other people out there who had experience with cats and a transatlantic journey.
It’s exactly a year since I stepped off the plane and into my new life in San Francisco. Here are a few essentials that as a British person I wish I’d known twelve months ago.
I know now that I’m not alone, being homesick is just another part of the rich, fascinating and sometimes challenging experience of being an expat.
Last night I went to my third Giants game. My first game was miserable. I was freezing cold, I had no idea what was going on and I was sat in front of a teenage girl who kept dropping sweet stuff down my back. When I got home my hair was a tangled mess of cotton candy, slush puppy and caramel corn. I vowed never to return. But going to the baseball and eating a corn dog is one of those things all of our friends want to do when they come out to visit us. So I’ve now been […]
When my husband was offered the job of a lifetime in San Francisco, I decided to use our West Coast move to pursue my own dream, of running a business.
I recently had my family to stay with me over from London. My Mum’s a wildlife artist so I made nature the focus of our excursions. Here are my favorite marine animals and where you can spot them in the Bay Area.