An Expat Visit Home
25 July, 2013 10:42
An Expat Visit Home
I just got back from a visit home- I mean "home", I mean my old home...
-erm, what do I mean?
A Northwest (USA) native, I now live in Berlin. From time to time, family and friends back in Seattle call and I happily return to the land of my origin...and delicious peanut butter chocolate milkshakes at Beth's.
Planning my visit back, I got tongue-tied trying to describe which way I was going when saying "home" - to Berlin or Seattle? After 4ish years abroad, a period repatriating back to Seattle, returning to expat life in Berlin, I am thoroughly confused about where home is.
Fitting into the Expat World
I am that special type of crazy expat that repatriated back to America, only to move back to Berlin 2 years later. Friends and family were incredulous. They were less surprised that I was returning to expat life, than that I was returning to expat life in the same city I had lived in before.
2nd time is a charm?
Make Your Expat Debut on House Hunters International
One, two, three...
Are you ready for your close up? American TV show House Hunters International is casting expats (recent or future) looking to rent or buy a property in a new country.
The show follows individuals, couples, or families searching for a new home abroad. Each broadcast shows a slice of expat life as the family looks at three prospective properties. In the final moments of the show, the property reveals their pick and the proud owners provide a tour of the home and their new life.
If you are ready to take the TV stage, learn more about the show and how to apply at
The Wonders and Disappointments of an American Kitchen
On our house hunt of Berlin, I have been turned off by modern flats offering "American style" kitchens. That's weird, because on a recent trip back to the States I loved the acres of counter space and interacting with friends and family through the open plan. What's with my love/hate of the American Kitchen?
Funnily enough, two recent articles about the subject caught my attention. Expatify's article "American-style kitchens vs. expat-style kitchens" and Matador Network's "I hate your giant American kitchen" explore the big bad reputation of the American kitchen. Expatify's piece discusses it's not the size that matters; it's the food that counts. Matador's piece is less subtle. She really doesn't think bigger is better.
It's true that American kitchens tend to be huge ("American kitchen tends to be double or triple the size of kitchens in most of the world..." Expatify), painfully similar ("Cathedral ceilings, recessed lighting, granite countertops..." Matador), and are taking over the world. I couldn't believe the number of Berlin flats that have had their charming little Küche cruelly chopped out and replaced with a boring expanse of Ikea cabinets.
So what exactly is an American kitchen? (More)
New Stars of House Hunters International
You may not have heard of us yet, but that's just because "our show" hasn't aired yet. Our show? Just a little American show called House Hunters International. The show is a spin-off of the popular US based "House Hunters" and is apparently huge. Acquaintances, friends, and family have all told us "They LOVE that show!". Each episode features an expat that is looking to make their home abroad. It follows along in their search to find a new home and examines the issues of a foreign housing market, differences in lifestyles, and the challenge of leaving all you know behind....all in 30 minutes.