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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