I’m simple to please— a good food, good wine, good company kind of girl. The problem is I move a lot. Since graduating from high school in 2005 I’ve lived in Washington, DC, Worcester, MA, Amherst, MA, Granada, Spain, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Seville, Spain, El Puerto de Santa María, Spain, and Madrid, Spain (in addition to the time I spent in my hometown Sutton, MA). That’s nine places in six years! So each time I move I need to search out the good food, good wine, and good company all over again. Thank God for the internet. I don’t know how people made friends before Facebook and Twitter, how they discovered decent restaurants before Tripadvisor, or how they found their way to the closest supermarket before Googlemaps.
I’ve found that when moving to a new place the smallest things can bring the greatest happiness.
Some examples of expat bliss:
Finding out one of my favorite supermarkets was hidden on a side street around the corner.
Realizing my neighborhood had a wonderful shoe repair shop (it’s much cheaper and more responsible to fix my shoes than to buy new ones!)
Discovering my neighborhood’s marketplace—something I was missing from Seville and unknowingly had right here all along!
Meeting some other expats for a holiday tradition.
Trying authentic Argentine empanadas made by the sweetest lady that brought me back to the streets of Buenos Aires.
Taking our first visitors to “our park” El Retiro and enjoying a beautiful Fall day.
What simple pleasures get you guys through the day as expats? How do you meet people when you move around frequently? Please share!
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