Photo Credit: Kate Racculia
Who Am I?
I’m a traveling teacher and all around sassy lady with a very low tolerance for comfort zones. I’m all about making the most of my time on planet earth. I believe in doing what I love, doing it with gusto and sharing my passion with others. This blog was born in 2014 to chronicle my big leap into expat life with a move from Boston, MA, USA to Zürich, Switzerland. Since then I’ve made a lot of mistakes and learned a ton that I hope to share with you awesome people. Ditch the mainstream travel and expat advice and come discover weird, wild, wonderful Europe with me!
Not Just Another Travel Blog…
Crazily enough, since I started writing, this blog has become (gasp!) about more than just travel. It has become about connecting with other humans, no matter where on the globe we may be. It has become about saying yes, sailing into those uncharted waters. It has become about how messy, painful and goddamn beautiful life can be. This blog is about big love and living your life with courage even if you aren’t quite sure where that courage is taking you. It is that tiny whisper in your ear telling you to go for it… whether for you, “it”, is trying a new yoga pose or selling all of your stuff and moving somewhere you’ve only ever seen on a map. One of the most common things I hear from people about my life abroad is, “I would love to do that, but I could never!” Well, I’m here to tell you that you can do it. Your dreams are not crazy! Real people live their dreams. Let’s be those people together.
I hope for this to be more than just another travel blog. I hope this blog will keep the fires of fearlessness burning in me, and help to kindle that fire in others.
My Expat Story:
I went on my first solo trip at the tender age of three, when I snuck out of the house in my PJs with the family dog by my side. Since then I haven’t stopped exploring!
I was fortunate enough to spend semesters traveling and studying abroad in both college and grad school, but no matter how much time I spent living overseas, it was never enough. I was hungry to get under the skin of a foreign country and really understand what makes other cultures tick. I had a great life in Boston full of amazing and supportive friends and family, yoga, fringe theater, and an apartment full of cool old vintage junk. I had everything a girl could want. So why wasn’t I happy?
Deep in my heart I knew I’d never be satisfied until I followed my dream. So in 2014 I took the plunge, signed up for a recruiting agency and landed a job teaching in Switzerland. I sold or gave away most of my vintage junk (Including most of my wigs and costumes. I gotta admit, that still stings!) packed everything I owned in two suitcases, hugged my friends and family goodbye and moved to a country where I didn’t speak the language and didn’t know a soul.
Now I’m getting a crash course in Swiss life, teaching what I love and traveling around Europe as much as humanely possible. Moving abroad was the best thing I’ve ever done for myself and definitely worth the risk!
Got a question? Just ask! I’m no expert but I’m willing to share what I know with other curious folks.