When I moved to the Bay Area one year ago, I had a picture in my head of how my life would look there. I would find the perfect house (or at least one which was suitable for us), send the children to an amazing preschool, have time for myself and my career. I was waiting for perfect weather and beaches in the afternoons. I knew that some of these things would be harder to get than others but I also knew that at the end of the day I would get there in the end. I thought I planned […]
The first time I visited Los Angeles was with my husband 15 years ago and I hated it…We now love LA. For us, it’s a great family destination that has something for everyone, from its chilled-out beaches and parks, to world-famous shopping, to an over-abundance of museums and attractions.
Like many Bay Area expats we’re taking our baby home this Christmas and I’m already prepping for the long journey back to the UK. We’ve done one other long-haul flight with him and several shorter ones. This is what we’ve learned so far:
Obviously, everyone was shocked when Ella came along, some were even more shocked that I was going to be a stay at home dad, the one staying at home and looking after her.
Nothing prepares you for that kind of news. I thought my world was about to crumble. We were so far away from family and completely alone. It was too much to take in. We were having a baby, we were about to be parents!
We arrived in the US in August, so the first major American holiday we experienced, and one of the most exciting for the kids, was Halloween. We’d all seen enough American TV shows to know that Halloween was a big deal here, not at all like at home in the UK, and when piles of pumpkins and giant inflatable decorations started appearing in the stores in September (not to mention pumpkin-flavored everything in Trader Joe’s) the kids were overjoyed. From low-key to all out In the UK, Halloween is pretty low-key. Not many people decorate their house and kids only […]
As is common here in the Bay Area, we reside far from our families. Like many, we say: ‘We keep in better contact now than if we lived in the same country!’ And indeed, it’s true, daily moments shared on Instagram, updated iPhoto albums between assorted family and friend groups, endless WhatsApp chats sharing photos, FaceTime chats, links, videos, emoji.
Picture this: rows of Bentleys, Rolls Royces, and Ferraris, palm trees swaying in the sun, and well-heeled folks walking around. No, it’s not a scene from Hollywood’s latest premiere, but drop off at an American elementary school in Dubai.