Expat Life

Sick in Mexico

By Steph | January 7, 2014

I haven’t written much of anything in the past three weeks and I can almost hear my fingers creaking as they work the keyboard. Never again should I go so long without putting words on page, it’s just not healthy. It’s only halfway my fault though. A lot has happened in the past few weeks: […]

Confessions of a City Girl in a Small Town

By Steph | December 16, 2013

Here’s a weird fact about me: Despite my many travels, I’ve only ever lived in big cities. I mean BIG cities: Washington DC, Atlanta, London, Xi’an, Buenos Aires. In fact I don’t think I’ve ever spent more than a month in a metro area with less than 1 million people in my adult life. I […]

Life in Mexico

By Steph | December 11, 2013

I’ve spent a lot of time talking about the special events, the food and the exotic wildlife here in Mexico, but I thought today I’d give you a glimpse into more of my every-day life in Sayulita (and take a chance to post some of my photos that don’t really fit anywhere else). It’s becoming […]

Why We’re Skipping Thanksgiving (and I’m Happy About it)

By Steph | November 24, 2013

We’re not doing anything for Thanksgiving this year, and I feel pretty great about it. Truthfully I’m a serial Thanksgiving skipper. When I lived in London I celebrated with a soggy turkey sandwich. In Colombia a couple of years ago we simply went out for pizza. I think that the year I was in Australia […]

What I’m Doing in Mexico

By Steph | November 4, 2013

So now we’re settled in Sayulita, in our perfect treehouse apartment for the better half of the next six months. (Actually as I write this we’ve already been here a month, isn’t that bananas? If time could go ahead and stop moving that would be perfectly excellent thank you.) Of course the first thing I […]

Baby Sea Turtle Release Party

By Steph | October 23, 2013

Things are pretty quiet here in Sayulita. Most evening we relax with a movie, or have some beer and tacos with friends. Monday night however, was special. Monday we helped some baby sea turtles find their home. There was a sign in the main plaza, but I’m not sure I would even have noticed it […]

Inside Our New Sayulita Apartment

By Steph | October 21, 2013

(Continued from the disastrous Part One) As usual, just when I was at my lowest, totally exhausted and disappointed after two days of apartment searching, something happened to lift me back up again. I lay awake all night in the sweltering heat, worrying about what to do, and arose with renewed focus: We could start […]

The Horror of Apartment Hunting in Sayulita

By Steph | October 17, 2013

It’s not easy to find an apartment in Sayulita, Mexico, at least not in October. This came as a pretty big surprise. We thought we had come prepared: we’d done the research, read every blog post we could find and even gotten some first hand advice. Our friends Dave and Lauren had arrived just two […]

Sayulita First Impressions

By Steph | October 15, 2013

We’re here! Estamos aqui! (I haven’t forgotten about the wedding pictures I promise, just waiting to get all of them so I can post some great ones.) We’ve been in Mexico for nearly two weeks now, and although we had a bumpy beginning (which I’ll write about in my next post), I pretty much love […]

How To Survive A Long Distance Relationship

By Guest Poster | February 12, 2013

I’ve done enough long distance stuff to know that it’s no picnic! Oftentimes travelers find themselves pushed into this imperfect situation. That’s why I wanted to share this guest post on how to survive a long distance relationship. People ask me all the time, “So what’s the secret?” They are, of course, referring to the […]

The Process of Getting Italian Citizenship

By Michael Tieso | February 4, 2013

I’ve been in the process of getting my Italian citizenship since the summer of 2011. The Italian consulate in Philadelphia had a wait of a year and a half for the next appointment. During that time, I had to gather all the necessary paperwork to recognize myself as an Italian citizen. Sometimes I say I’m applying to become an Italian but […]

What I Learned From A Year Without MakeUp

By Steph | January 10, 2013

In a past life, I used to wear a lot of makeup. Actually, that’s not accurate. I know girls who wear a lot of make-up- girls who practically paint on a new face each day. I was never a girl who wore her appearance as a disguise. My daily routine was along the lines of […]