Originally hailing from Massachusetts, USA, Julie is the mom to two boys that keep her pretty busy between playing chauffeur, cheerleader, homework coordinator and therapist!

She met her husband when they were both sophomores at in college and they’ve been together ever since.  It only seemed natural to put that entrepreneurial studies and marketing degree to good use by starting her own business at the end of 2003, shortly before the birth of her first child. She’s been juggling running a business and managing a household for the last 10+ years and is at her best when she has 50 projects going at once!

Being the “master” of the balancing act, it should have been a piece of cake when her husband suggested they move to Barcelona, Spain for 2 years for his job.  But you’ll find, it was anything but cake walk! Hence the creation of her first blog – www.megustatuzapatos.blogspot.com.  In fact, you’ll find the good, the bad and the ugly here – hopefully more good than bad!

In the end, she found that living a life less ordinary is a bit of an addiction – the highs and lows are extreme and often exciting but always challenging.  And so 5 years later (yeah that 2 years came and went in the blink of an eye), when her husband found that his job was changing to the Netherlands, she threw up the white flag in defeat and conceded that in fact, living the life of an expat is an adventure that none were ready to give up quite yet.

And so the creation of this new blog came about.  No longer living in Spain, Me Gustan Tus Zapatos no longer seemed fitting for a blog name and Julie wanted a new challenge (because moving to another new country apparently wasn’t challenging enough) of creating a blog where expats can go to for stories, advice and things that just make you smile.  Because being an expat is challenging enough without focusing on the negative side of things (there may be a few moment here or there though – that’s just life!).

Contact us:  info@theexpatchronicles.com

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    • Rob and Diane, I think we must have hit the follow button at the exact same moment 🙂 And I don’t think that our story is any more interesting than yours. I just think it’s different. We decided to go the expat route for work because of an opportunity that presented itself – it’s something we had always talked about but just never could pull the trigger until the chance came for Barcelona. But I think making the decision, non work related, to move to another country, on your own volition, takes a huge amount of courage and I admire that. I’m looking forward to reading about your adventures once you land!!

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      • Hi Julie
        Thanks for the encouragement. This is the hardest two weeks of my life because there’s no actual guarantee of closing escrow even after the deposit is non-refundable and the buyers are being a pain in the ass . Technically they could back out right up the day of funding should they change their mind for any reason. Sellers have zero legal recourse other than keeping their meager $24K deposit and we think that sucks. But capitalism in America always favors the side of the equation that has the money and sadly, that’s not us

        Hopefully all will be well but until I see that cash in our account we have not started early retirement. Anyway, I’m just venting to take up my boring weekdays. Diane is still working so she has no time to think about all this. Anyway, thanks for writing



  2. We are currently selling our house after 5 1/2 years away (with the plan being only 2 years originally we had planned to keep it but it’s no longer making financial sense). So I totally get it. It’s such a nerve wracking process. I feel a little better with each step but not 100% until we are completely done (which for us won’t be until July!). Just think, you are so close to being there!


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    • Awww I’m so honored!! Thanks for the nomination! I would love to write about the Sisterhood of the World award and answer the questions. Give me a little bit of time and I’ll get it done – those are some fun and thought provoking questions!! Totally dumb question but where do I get the link to insert the picture of the award on to my blog too?


  4. Hi! Happy to have found your blog! I love the layout, the style the content…everything! I’ve read some of your posts and I can’t wait to read more! Plus, I’m an expat too so I’m definitely looking forward to following you 🙂

    Lisa | http://www.fromdreamtoplan.net/


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