The Ex-Pat Tag – a break from our usual transmission.

Like many other bloggers/ immigrants, I follow the blogs of several other Brits abroad, or US settlers in the UK as a means of staying in touch and feeling part of a large community of shared experiences.

One of my favorites ,  Kylie of Between England & Iowa, recently honored me with a mention in her list of favorite blogs and tagged me in this “Ex-Pat Q & A.

If you want to have a go at answering yourself, the questions are at the end, please tag your post in the comments.

 

1.Where were you born, where did you grow up and where do you currently live?

I was born and grew up in Shropshire, England, I now live in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

2.What made you leave your home country?

The short answer is this picture and this conversation:

 

For the slightly longer story see my blog post here .

3.What type of reactions do you get when you meet new people and tell them where you are from?

I love your accent/ that is such a cute story/ have you been here for a winter yet?

 

4.What was the easiest/hardest part in adjusting to your new country?

Easiest:

Husband hugs, the weather (hot summers, snowy winters) and surprisingly  driving on the “wrong” side of the road!

Hardest:

Leaving my sisters and besties in another country – it’s hard making news friends at my age, in a place where everyone has known each other since high school. (Top tip – find other newbies to the area!)

Removing “u”s and adding “z”s  to words!

My degree losing what value it had over night.  I’m struggling to get job interviews. I’m either over qualified because I have a degree, which is not the norm around here or the jobs that want degrees, want US degrees.

 

5.Images, words or sounds that sum up the expat experience you’ve had so far.

Air raid sirens (our local fire stations is made up of volunteers) & train horns, the song of chikadees, the buzz of humming birds.

 

6.Your favorite food or drink item in your new country?

Sadly the US is mostly a list of avoids for me in food terms, too much added sugar in everything.

I have had the best margaritas ever, since I got here.  Shoutouts to Congress Pizza and Vangos .

 

7.What’s the one thing you said “yes” to in your new city that you wouldn’t say “yes” to, back home?

Swimming in a lake rather than a pool, it never gets warm enough in the UK

 

8.Are there any cultural norms/phrases in your new country which you cannot stand?

I cannot say the word route as “rowt”, rather than “root” nor  yoghurt as “Yoe-gert”, rather than “yoggut”. If JT’s kids want a laugh they get me to say “banarna” as well as “yoggut”

The healthcare system is baffling (or rather, the health insurance system) and shockingly expensive.

 

9.What do you enjoy most doing in your new country?

Cuddling JT, walking our dogs on the beach, drinking beer on our porch watching the world go by. Feeding the birds/critters/ humming birds.

 

10.Do you think you will ever move home for good?

This is my home!

In terms of returning to the UK? It’s hard to say, but I don’t think so, healthcare aside, our standard of living here is so much better than anything we could afford in the UK. I could see us retiring somewhere warm though.

 



 

If you’d like to join in, here are the questions!

  1. Where were you born, where did you grow up and where do you currently live?
  2. What made you leave your home country?
  3. What type of reactions do you get when you meet new people and tell them where you are from?
  4. What was the easiest/hardest part in adjusting to your new country?
  5. Images, words or sounds that sum up the expat experience you’ve had so far.
  6. Your favorite food or drink item in your new country?
  7. What’s the one thing you said “yes” to in your new city that you wouldn’t say “yes” to, back home?
  8. Are there any cultural norms/phrases in your new country which you cannot stand?
  9. What do you enjoy most doing in your new country?
  10. Do you think you will ever move home for good?

Thank you again to Kylie for including me.


3 thoughts on “The Ex-Pat Tag – a break from our usual transmission.

  1. Awh I love it! Very interesting to find out your perspectives! I agree with the degree thing, it seems that people struggle to get the good jobs without one. The boss at my job changed a few years back and apparently they would never accept anyone for the job if they didn’t have a degree…for a teaching ASSISTANT job! It’s crazy because the job comes with no benefits and the pay is shocking, if you had a degree and student loans to pay off, the money just wouldn’t be enough!

  2. Thank you for answering these questions. It is always interesting to read what other Brits in the US are experiencing. I am now following you and look forward to reading more of your experiences.

  3. Thank you Laura, I definitely benefit from not feeling alone in my experiences. Your post has reminded me that I have been neglecting the blog while over indulging in navel-gazing about being an expat, so it is time to get back on track and start posting again! I have likewise followed your blog, and look forward to sharing in your adventures 🙂

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