Call me unfocused, a dreamer, a bit of a drifter even, I’ve always been a restless soul, ready for the next big thing. In July of 2011, I’m off on what may be my biggest drift/adventure ever. My wife (Kalpana) and I are permanently relocating to Dublin, Ireland.
The driving force behind the move is that my wife accepted a position as an instructor at University College Dublin. But, we’ve always wanted to live abroad for an extended period of time, and experience the expat life.
Though we have no kids, it won’t just be us making the move. We’re taking our three pets with us. They are Fiona (a 6-year-old miniature dachshund), Akira (an 11-year-old snowshoe cat), and Archie ( a 2-year-old tuxedo cat).
This blog is meant to document our experiences in emigrating from the United States (Bloomington, Indiana) to Dublin at a time when the economy in neither place looks very good. We are not moving for any political reasons, though I’ll certainly make some observations of U.S. politics looking back in from the outside, and will doubtless scratch my head “on paper” here about Irish politics. A great deal of my “writing” will be about the experience of being an alien and trying to navigate the morass of immigration, finance, and health care paperwork.
I’m a freelance writer, photographer and editor by trade. If I had to narrow that down, I’m a travel writer. I visit new places, meet people, and enjoy new experiences. Then I come home and try to capture some of the magic of that place in words and pictures.
I’ve never blogged before, and, between that an the new expat and immigration experiences, this will be a new type of writing for me. But if you bear with me, I promise to make it worth your while.