Prepare For Your Foreign Outlets

Last week I asked my husband if he had any post ideas for me and at first he came up with nothing. Apparently he knows everything about everything that there is to do with moving abroad and when he moves he doesn't need any information at all.  He's that good! So, after a few minutes he gave me the idea to write about foreign electrical appliances. Old Radio


Pretty boring stuff, but very important when you're moving to another country, especially because nowadays every household has, what I call, an army of electrical appliances. Be it in the kitchen, in the bedroom, in the living room. Honestly, I'm all for that, it makes my life much easier.

One of the things to check when you move abroad is the country's voltage and what kind of sockets they have, foreign outlets and plugs can be a pain. For instance, Switzerland and England, both use 220v, while Brazil and the US use 110v. Actually, in Brazil things are even more exciting! Voltage might vary from city to city, yeap, you read it correctly, you might have voltage 110 in one city and change to 220 in a city 2hrs away. Oh and don't forget the different outlets... They're all different, funny when you think about it, not so funny when you don't have the right stuff.


When we moved to England we bought about 3-4 transformers, super heavy and hard to maneuver (and they hurt when you kick). We also brought loads of little adapters. The transformers were mainly for our big stuff that take only 110v and the adapters for the actual plugs.

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How to Make the Best of Your Area Orientation Tour?

homesSometimes you will move and that's it, you've never been to the place before, you don't get a chance to and it's all a big surprise. On the other hand sometimes your company (or your new company) will give you a weekend/week/day for an area orientation tour. When I worked in Real Estate I did a lot of relocation tours. I loved it. I did national and international tours. On that note, here are a few things to make it work for you.

  • Try to get your company to at least give you a full day. I've seen people with half day house tours. It's hard.


  • Be open-minded when you visit somewhere new. I've heard someone say that after spending 1 weekend in a certain foreign country, they rejected the company's offer to move. I understand that it can be overwhelming, but visiting a place with jet lag, tired, sometimes is not ideal, so keep an open mind and don't focus on the negatives.


  • If the company hires a real estate agent, make sure that you give him/her as much info as you can, they will be working to help you, but they can't do it properly if you don't offer candid feedback on what you need/want.


  • If you are scheduled for a day, let's say, a Friday with a professional, book your return flight for Sunday evening. Try to spend the weekend not sightseeing, but going to a local event instead, with locals.


  • Bring your spouse, if you can, or have them on Skype/hangouts. It will save you time when making decisions after.


  • If they can't come for any reason, video places or inside homes, it will help your spouse feel as part of the decision.


  • In Arizona, for example, realtors are forbidden by law to tell you what area you should live based or racial background or schools. They can give you the information to research and investigate, but they can't say: "I think you'd love this area, loads of people from Sweden like you live here!" or "This is a great area, loads of good schools and no robbery". I love that law, I think it makes perfect sense, but people don't get it. It is hard for realtors to explain this law. But think about it, a good area for me, might not be all good for me, and I might not want to live next to the biggest Swedish community in the USA :-)


  • If you have kids, arrange to visit schools. If a realtor or a relocation company calls them in advance, they can arrange a visit.


  • If you are looking to be near lakes in Arizona, take a deep breath and again, be open-minded... there aren't many around here. Even if they show in a map, it doesn't mean they aren't dried up. Again, be open-minded.


  • Did I say, be open-minded?


  • Have fun!

Press Publish

Yesterday I participated in the Press Publish pilot program for WordPress. It was amazing. It was held in one of the best museums in Phoenix, the Heard Museum. It's all about the Native Americans, their History and the different tribes. PressPublish1

Apparently there is a big WordPress community in Phoenix, which I didn't know, and they were testing the waters, to see if would be worth it. It was really cool.


I learned loads and was happy that I went.

It lasted all day, they had successful WordPress bloggers and the "Happiness Engineers" giving loads of tips and advises to bloggers of all levels, from beginners to more advanced. Seriously, wouldn't you like to have this title? You can't be grumpy with a title like that...


My very first blog, many moons ago, a.k.a. 2004 was with msn. Seriously, it was so bad, I tried to forget very quickly. Then I moved on to blogger, after all, google machine was taking over the world and I wanted to be part of it, ha! After a few years with blogger, I got fed up with it, I don't even know why, but moved over to WordPress. Of course, I stopped blogging for a few years, but every time I decided to go back, I never gave it another thought, to go with a different company. So I was happy to join on my first WP event. PressPublish3

The superstar bloggers


The guest bloggers they had were all amazing. Each had something from their own experience to share.

Katherine Fritz from I'm Begging My Mother Not To Ready This Blog and Lady Pockets. Was so funny and at the same time, I really got where she was coming from. She was talking about authenticity and about life not being perfect, so you don't have to be perfect. Which I totally get! It drives me nuts all these blogs and instagrams with people just showing off their perfect lives, with their perfect hairs and their perfect families, and everything is so perfect that makes me want to puke.

Russ Candrall from The Domestic Man talking about how he found his voice and only after that he started to get noticed. People connected with him, once he started talking about what he was passionate for.

Emily Austin from The Waiting Blog was there, but unfortunately I missed her presentation because I was on a CSS workshop (learning computer languages is harder than I thought...). She has a super successful "mummy blog" and even got a full time job because of that.

Kathy Cano-Murillo who surprised me. Her blog is called Crafty Chica. Look, I will be honest, I wasn't really looking forward to it, simply because I am not crafty at all, I get bored with it, I don't like it and it all comes down to, me not being good at it. But this woman from Phoenix is super, super, super talented and I really think she works 36hrs a day, no, seriously, her day must have 36hrs, I don't know how she gets it all done. Besides being in all social media platforms, she does offers online courses, writes books and crafts. I was tired just listening to her. She's brilliant!

All in all it was a good day.