Written by: "Amanda Walkins"

An American Expat in Scotland

Information for Americans moving to Scotland

Moving to a new country can be daunting…finding new friends, figuring out which items you like from the grocery store, hell, just finding a grocery store can be a challenge! You’ve uprooted yourself and plopped down into a whole new environment. Luckily, for an American expat in Scotland, the transition really actually isn’t that hard.

Moving to a new country can be daunting...finding new friends, figuring out which items you like from the grocery store,...

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And Then We Moved to Malta

new expats moved to Malta

We bounce around a lot and, in doing so, we’ve accumulated a wide variety of moving experiences. When we moved to Malta, we were cautiously optimistic about the opportunities before us. Ireland hadn’t gone so well. We’d been out of the water and away from the sunshine for too long. But I’m incredibly happy to report that so far, moving to Malta has been fabulous!

We’ve been here two weeks, and yet we already feel like this is home. Part of that feeling has been the weather; part has been the ease with which we’ve settled in. But the largest part of that has been the people we’ve met.

We bounce around a lot and, in doing so, we’ve accumulated a wide variety of moving experiences. When we moved to Malta,...

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A Hint of What’s to Come

serial expat life

I told you we’re heading somewhere new soon…so here’s a hint of what’s to come! We’ll see if you can guess where our next plane will land based on some facts about our new potential expat home. Hint #1: we would both definitely be called expats there! Neither of us has any connection to this next spot. In fact, I’ve never even visited before.

I told you we're heading somewhere new soon...so here's a hint of what's to come! We'll see if you can guess where our n...

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Why I Got Rid of the Comments Section

I eliminated the comments section on my blog

In case you didn’t notice, you can no longer comment on my website. That was a very purposeful, very directed decision I made recently. While I believe in free speech and I fully encourage debate, I will no longer allow vile commentary on my personal website. I’ve eliminated the comments section altogether.

In case you didn't notice, you can no longer comment on my website. That was a very purposeful, very directed decision I...

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Housesitting in Ireland with TrustedHousesitters

housesitting in Ireland with TrustedHousesitters

We’ve been in Ireland now for two months of house- and dogsitting. It’s been an adventure! Here’s a recap of the highs and lows, plus a hint of what’s to come. Housesitting in Ireland with TrustedHousesitters has been an incredible opportunity, but nothing is ever perfect!

We've been in Ireland now for two months of house- and dogsitting. It's been an adventure! Here's a recap of the highs a...

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Housesitting in Southern France

TrustedHousesitters in France

Southern France…it just sings of romance and beauty. Rolling hills covered with small vineyards, private yachts and fabulous beaches hugging the Mediterranean coast, tiny villages with traditional stone architecture and colorful wooden shutters on every window. Southern France is dreamy even in reality. And that’s why I leapt at the opportunity for housesitting in Southern France last month.

Southern France...it just sings of romance and beauty. Rolling hills covered with small vineyards, private yachts and fa...

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The Expat Life…Moving On Again

Serial expat moving again

Another year, another adventure! We’re heading to a new destination this month because of a fantastic opportunity. As is common in the expat life, we’re moving somewhere new because we have itchy feet and we also see a new location as a fun new challenge.

Another year, another adventure! We're heading to a new destination this month because of a fantastic opportunity. As is...

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Ever Onward, My Friends

ever onward my friends

I’ve not written much on the blog this year. It’s safe to say that 2016 was not my favorite and left me less than enthusiastic in many respects. While we had wonderful moments this year, we also had absolutely terrible ones. But, instead of going through each memory like I normally love to do, this year I prefer to look forward to what I hope will be better.

I've not written much on the blog this year. It's safe to say that 2016 was not my favorite and left me less than enthus...

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Be a Global Neighbor

what is a global neighbor

In the wake of an election season that has rocked the entire world, unity has never been more important. We need to find ways to support each other – not rip each other apart. We need to offer solidarity – not division. We need to celebrate our wonderful differences and recognize the similarities we share with each other.

In the wake of an election season that has rocked the entire world, unity has never been more important. We need to find...

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An American Expat Perspective on the Election

American expat 2016 election

If you are American, becoming an expat doesn’t cut you off from your home country. In fact, the U.S. is one of only two countries that taxes all its citizens, regardless of residency. So, despite the fact that I’ve been chastised on social media for speaking about the election results because I ‘left my country’, I’m going to give my perspective. Because my voice matters. And because there are millions of American expats around the world whose voices also matter. I just happen to have a blog.

If you are American, becoming an expat doesn't cut you off from your home country. In fact, the U.S. is one of only two...

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