Category Archives: Relocating to the USA

Our family’s experience of emigrating to Seattle.

369 Days

Last Friday, 28th September, marked exactly one year since we arrived in Seattle. It’s crazy how a year can seem so very long – in that time, we’ve lived in two “corporate housing” apartments in two different cities, then bought … Continue reading

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Culture shock shocker!

(I’m not even going to apologise for the delay between posts – there are only so many crap excuses I can come up with, and it’s starting to feel a little pathetic, even to me!) Now that we’ve survived our … Continue reading

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Buying a house, the American way

On the 14th October 2011, our offer was accepted on The Dream House.  That was 27 days ago.  In 6 days time we get to pick up the keys and call it home. The process here is just so completely … Continue reading

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Timing is everything!

Exactly 47 days ago, every single Pepper possession was packed up in boxes; loaded onto this; and sealed with a kiss.  Or maybe, in fact, a blue plastic peg: Since then, our wordly goods have been bobbing around at sea, … Continue reading

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Weekly wrap-up

Which seems to be all I’m capable of these days.  Must.  Try.  Harder.   I have a feeling I’ve said that a few times before…. So, what have the Peppers been up to since all that pumpkin carving fun (said … Continue reading

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Home is where the heart is

Less than 48 hours after landing in Seattle, we met with our Microsoft-assigned realtor, Jenny.   The home-buying process is so completely different here!  Instead of doggedly searching through Rightmove and PrimeLocation, then calling each individual estate agent directly to … Continue reading

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From the beginning…

As I’ve been so very slack at updating this, I need to do a bit of a debrief on the last 9 days (has it really only been 9 days!?!?), just for my own records really, before I get to … Continue reading

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Jet-lagged toddler – such fun!

This is the lovely Evie, sleeping like a lamb on the flight to Seattle.  Lulling her parents into a false sense of security over what an amazing child we have – imagine, an 18-month old sleeping through 6 hours of … Continue reading

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The fond farewells…

We now have just 16 sleeps before we leave the UK, and 11 before we have to move out of the house and into a hotel, so the time has well and truly come to start the “Farewell Tour”. This … Continue reading

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Bittersweet milestones!

On Monday, we finally exchanged contracts on our beautiful Brighton home!   It was one of those strange moments, where you really don’t know whether to wildly celebrate, or burst into tears.   On the one hand, this is just … Continue reading

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