I’ve just been reading your (various) fabulous blogs about life as an expat in the USA.
Firstly, thank you. It’s been really helpful to me (and funny) and put me onto expatwomen.com – a mine of useful info and contacts.
This week, my husband accepted an opportunity to start his business with a company based in Itaska, Ill (wheeeeere?) near Chicago.
Visa now sorted, so in ten weeks time it’s goodbye to London, farewell to the pretty Chiltern Hills and hello to goodness knows what…
Am v excited about our new life, but also nervous about being a “dependent” and slightly clueless about moving.
I was wondering if you or your readers could offer me / direct me to answers to the question:
What do you wish you had known (or done) before you moved to the USA?
So far people have said things like:
1. It can be lonely in the suburbs if you have no kids
2. No one walks anywhere unless you live in the City
3. Its either bloody cold or bloody hot so don’t bother bringing any of your English clothes
4. Magnificent Mile + world’s third largest mall = epic joy
5. Living is cheaper, money goes further
6. In UK you ask an estate agent to find you a certain number of rooms. In USA it’s a certain amount of square footage
7. Don’t bother shipping non essential furniture or heavy items, save your money and buy new or via Craigs List
Can you add anything to these gems…?
If you have a moment, I would love to know your thoughts.
So, gentle readers, if anyone has any words of wisdom for Lucy, please feel free to add them.