UPDATE: We now are over one month into our expatriation, and things are moving at a greater pace than ever! We have a series of videos in line and ready to begin production on a range of topics, and just 7 days left to reach our goal. We hope you'll consider helping us out - if for nothing else than the opportunity to see me consume a raw herring!
What started as a blog for our friends in the states is growing into a travel guide and web series for people all over the world!
We traded our cars for bikes, our little bungalow for a fourth-story walkup, and our lives in the Motor City for a new one in Amsterdam. Along the way, we quit our jobs, sold our belongings and found out we had baby on the way. Even with the unexpected surprise, we decided to see if the American dream wasn’t somewhere overseas.
We’re documenting a year in Amsterdam, a city we’d never been to, living in an apartment we’d never seen, and dealing with a language we’d never dealt with. Along the way, we’re going to share our lives and experiences, as tourists, as expats and as first-time parents.
We’re going to document the city and our lives as we learn to live here. At the end of it all, we hope to provide a travelogue that lets you know who we are, what Amsterdam is and where we all fit into the world.
We’ll be seeing the sights and meeting the people who make Amsterdam what it is. We’ll be talking to locals and to expats, and creating a travel guide with a unique perspective, from someone that is taking it all in for the first time.
We’ll be creating video profiles on Amsterdam’s history, its people and the little quirks that have made it one of the most unique cities in the world. We’ll be talking to local artists and musicians and everyday people. We’ll also be creating a travel guide of all the things a tourist would want to see, with the added insight from someone who lives here.
We need your help to make this travel guide and web series a reality. Your contribution helps to offset our production costs and the research and time necessary to create quality written and video content that can be used by people traveling to Amsterdam, artists and musicians looking for exposure and also by people looking for insight into the world of the expat and of the first-time parent.
The scariest part of this move was the uncertainty – leaving our friends, family, financial security and the life and system we knew for something utterly foreign. Doing it a time that is utterly not ideal (with a baby on the way) makes it even more so. This really has served as a catalyst for our creativity and a stronger desire to explore a brand new city, attempt to grasp a brand new language, and to find a way to make Amsterdam a place we can call home.
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