Before I met Expat daddy I had No desire to travel, the thought of a backpack and hostel made me shudder, No where to plug-in my straighteners would have given me a nervous breakdown. Then I met him, we didn’t live near each other so already he was whisking me off to exotic places like Derby!!!!!! I’d done the usual girly holidays, Magaluf, Greece but you don’t appreciate a country for its beauty at that age. Then it happened I moved!!! I moved out of Bristol out of England to….. Cardiff!! EPD had traveled tons with his job and I was beginning to get envious and not quite completely satisfied with our 2 up 2 down lifestyle anymore. We made a plan, we were going to get married and move to Ohio. The plan went Pete Tong!!
My relationship with EPD had brought me to more Counties in the Beautiful Emerald Isle, I’d only ever been to Tipperary, where my family are from
a wonder trip to Paris staying on the Champs Elysees where we officially got engaged.
Along the way our travels have taken us to Tunisia, where I picked up my first Jelly fish sting, amazing friends we met in Tunisia led us to the rainiest trip ever to Lake Bled, Slovenia!! Where we got soaked through riding bikes in the rain.
So how did it all go wrong? The move to Ohio is still on the cards, we’ve just made some detours along the way, after a beautiful 2 week honey moon in Malaysia or what I like to describe heaven on earth
Our first detour began in Dubai, here we lived for 3 great years on what felt like a permanent holiday, it will always hold a special place in my heart, we started our married life and my beautiful wee man was born there. The perfect location, a spring board that led to trips to Sri Lanka, Oman and some of the other united Arab Emirates
We left Dubai in November last year and headed to the land of Tulips & Windmills, we are currently living in the beautiful city of Haarlem in Holland. The changes in culture, lifestyle and weather have been tough to deal with but days are getting easier and easier.
Expat life can be so isolating at times, you don’t have the luxury of having close friends and family just down the road. However with the help of airlines like Easy Jet & KLM grandparents are just an hour away in Bristol and Cork. We’re settling in to Dutch life well and certainly enjoying the beautiful scenery!
Being Europe has Allowed me to catch up with Old friends and visits places like Finland, getting to practice my Skiing which I love to do,
LPV got to see animals such as bears and Bison at Helsinki zoo, he played or should I say sank in the snow for the first time and splashed around in puddles until he couldn’t get anymore wet.
It’s difficult to tell right now what or where the long-term future has in store for us or where we’ll end up, all I know is that tomorrow I’m flying to Cork via Brussels for a fab weekend with our family. In July we are going on a Mammy & daddy trip to Jordan, we are sailing from Holland to the UK, dropping the wee man off at his grandparents then flying with easy jet from London to Jordan!! Sometime were so busy it makes my head spin and long for when life will get back to normal but who am I kidding this is normal and I love every minute.
So now I’m going to tag some lovely traveling ladies