Moving Abroad

A few years back I was bitten by a travel bug. Now let me digress………
Our first trip to Europe was 4 years ago
We traveled to Italy with my parents and  Fell.in.love.
Then 6 months later we found ourselves living in Europe.
You ask how? 
A time-line of how our move abroad came to be……..
 

March 2007 – We took our first trip to Europe and loved it but my husband wasn’t quite sure he wanted to move.  We lived by family & friends, had a great job and home and loved where we lived. But it couldn’t hurt to send out a few emails, right?  I started to send out emails all over Europe, focusing mainly on The Netherlands. I spent a lot of time on IT Job board.  I must have sent out a 100 emails.  We started hearing back, most with a response like below sent in April of 2007.
 
Do you have a work permit to work in Europe? That was the million dollar question. And of course, our response was no, we needed someone to sponsor us.
April 2007 We received emails from 3 companies in Germany and Switzerland, all wanting to set up phone interviews.  We had never considered Switzerland and knew nothing about it besides the Matterhorn was there. Screenings went well, followed by more phone interviews. They wanted to meet face to face.
 
May 2007 My husband made his journey out to Switzerland to interview with the companies.  He called me after the interview and I asked him, “So what do you think of Switzerland?” His response, “It’s ok, it’s kind of cold” but by this part I was sold. I wanted to go.
June 2007
Offers were made. We weighed our options between Germany and Switzerland.  Besides the 2 day interviewing we had never been to either country, neither of us spoke German, we knew nothing.  No company at this point could guarantee a working permit either.
July 2007
We submit all passports and documents to start the process to see if we could get a working permit. We still had no idea if this would be a reality. I spent a lot of time on the English Forum, a forum for expats in Switzerland.  I read all about the permit approval process and people’s stories of getting denied, the quota of permits they give out, etc.
 
August 31, 2007
After 8 weeks of waiting we woke up to this email……
 
And just like that, we were moving to Europe! We were on a permanent local hire, so that meant we were moving ourselves.  That also meant, no relocation package, no car, no shipment, nothing.  Most people who move abroad, transfer with companies and get relocation packages. I became our own personal relocation specialist, we spoke no German, making the whole process a 100% harder.  But hey, it was the adventure we signed up for and the reason we decided to move to Europe in the first place, to give our family the experience of living abroad.
September 2007
We sold almost everything we owned, kind of a liberating feeling. We purchased our one way tickets to Switzerland. We said our goodbyes and flew out the last week of September. This is our story of our move abroad in a nutshell.
   Yes, that is all of the luggage we took to move abroad, 8 bags

6 thoughts on “Moving Abroad

  1. This is so exciting. Hey I think you should post how you ended up moving to Europe. I'd like to know how you found a job, apartment, survived with just 8 bags, how long you plan on staying and well just how it all started. Maybe it's me and I'm just curious. One day you lived in Serano and we played Bunco and the next month you had sold your house and were moving to Europe!

  2. I love this! Can't wait to read more! The funny thing is as I read it I thought…”Man I wanna move abroad”, then I realized moving from England to the USA is moving abroad! Oops!

  3. Look at how little the boys were. Do you use vrbo for finding places to stay? I need an apartment for a week in Sicily since there is one six of us which makes it almost impossible to stay in a hotel. Kelleyn

  4. Hey Kelleyn – Yes,we have used vrbo for renting properties. Although I have found there are more options in Europe with the uk sites. I think vrbo is bigger in the states, but you can still find great places.Good luck! AND have a great time!!!

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