Category: Personal

Arrivals and Plans…Our Repat Journey

Our repat journey begins...back to the USA

Two years ago, we landed in the U.S. for a two-month visit with my family and friends. That’s the longest amount of time we’ve ever spent here together. But this time around, we will be here for potentially six months. This is the longest I’ve spent in Massachusetts since I was 18 years old! So, here we are. We’ve arrived. We’re making plans. This is our repat journey…

Two years ago, we landed in the U.S. for a two-month visit with my family and friends. That's the longest amount of time...

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Expat Update: We’re On the Move Again!

Why we're on the move again! This time from Malta to...?

I know, I know…you’re probably tired of these updates by now. But, here we go again! While we have loved living in Malta and have felt so welcomed by locals and expats alike, the time has come for us to head elsewhere. We’re on the move again, and this one could be interesting!

I know, I know...you're probably tired of these updates by now. But, here we go again! While we have loved living in Mal...

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A Quick Rundown of Life in Malta

A quick rundown of life in Malta lately for expat writer Amanda Walkins

We’ve been crazy busy!! In the best sort of way, though. Since I simply don’t have the time right now to offer lots of in-depth insights into where we’ve been and what we’ve done (not to say I won’t find the time eventually!), here’s a quick rundown of life in Malta lately.

We've been crazy busy!! In the best sort of way, though. Since I simply don't have the time right now to offer lots of i...

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Being Present and Feeling Grateful

Living by the sea makes you stop and just be in the present moment. Having been an expat in many places, the sea is always the most welcoming and where I feel most grateful.

There’s a magic to living by the sea. I knew it when we lived in Roatan, but I don’t think I fully appreciated it. Despite my constant raving about expat life on the island and encouraging everyone and their mother to live wherever makes them happy, I look back now and wonder if I was truly present and appreciative of the extraordinary circumstances of our life there.

There's a magic to living by the sea. I knew it when we lived in Roatan, but I don't think I fully appreciated it. Despi...

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How Can a US Citizen Get UK Residency Through Marriage

How a US citizen applied for UK residency through marriage to an EU national

Moving to new countries comes with a whole range of logistics to figure out and to check off a list. But by far the most important part of becoming an expat is the legal requirements involved. These are the details I can offer for how this US citizen got UK residency through marriage to an EU National. Please keep in mind that my experience will be different from yours, but this can at least offer a guideline from my perspective.

Moving to new countries comes with a whole range of logistics to figure out and to check off a list. But by far the most...

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How Quickly Life Can Change

We've done so much in such a short amount of time. That's how quickly life can change!

We’re a week into May now and I was just looking at some photos from the past few weeks. In the past month, we went from an expat failure in Ireland to loving life in Malta. We left cold, wet weather to come to endless sunshine. We changed from layers and layers of winter clothes to dressing like normal humans again. Oh, how quickly life can change!

We're a week into May now and I was just looking at some photos from the past few weeks. In the past month, we went from...

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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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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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