The following is a guest post from The Get Up & Get Out Podcast w/ Steve Krisel. It is a weekly podcast where he interviews expats who tell their stories of coming to Russia. We at Expatriant are huge fans of Steve’s work and thought our readers would enjoy the stories.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in another country? Many of us have traveled and some have even traveled to far off countries for holiday or vacation. We have breathed in the sultry atmosphere of Latin countries, an atmosphere filled with late dinners and all-night dancing. Then there’s France, which brings about feelings of romance, love and postcard-worthy streets at every turn. Greece conjures memories of white sandy beaches and friendly locals willing to help you navigate your way around. Still, other countries leave lasting memories of fast trains, faster highways, creative culinary cuisine, secret back-door bars, pubs, nightclubs, cigar lounges, and well, you get the idea! On every trip I’ve ever taken, it goes without saying that I’ve thought to myself, “What would it be like to actually live here?” Maybe you have too!
Taking a vacation and living in a location are two totally different experiences. Whenever I visit a new country, I make a point to take a walking tour, meet some of the locals along with a few lucky people that have made the move. Pro tip: many of those who moved abroad are actually the tour guides. Tour guides love getting questions, but I’m sure I might have abused that privilege a few too many times! Nevertheless, it’s important for me to get as much (free) information as possible as I daydream my way into imagining myself (with my wife and dogs) living in that location.
Over the past ten years of living abroad, I have been very fortunate to pick up languages relatively easily. This has opened many doors for me and also allowed me to interact with a greater group of people had I not learned the local language. I’m originally from The United States, born in Louisiana, and grew up in New York. I have also lived in North Carolina and Texas, so I am no stranger to moving and “starting over.” My experience as an expat has taken me to Grand Cayman, Germany, Latvia, and Russia. If all of my life’s experiences have taught me one thing, it’s too keep an open mind.
Fast forward to late 2019, I was thinking of how I could give back to the global expat community that has helped me over the years, and the idea of The Get Up & Get Out Podcast was born!
So far, we have interviewed seven wonderful guests and we are continuing to record multiple sessions each week. This is truly a labor of love. I very much enjoy discussing with my guests, their personal story, their struggles, their tips and of course, their love (or hate) for the country that they moved to.
The Get Up & Get Out Podcast is the best source for weekly interviews with real people that have gotten up and out of their home country to live and work somewhere abroad.
Each week, a new episode features a new guest and we dive deep into why they moved, what they were searching for, where they went and how they made it all happen. We also introduce the positives and negatives of living in another country along with tried and true tips that my guests and I pass along to you so that you don’t have to relive our mistakes. You can truly create your own adventure – wherever that is in the world.
We truly hope that you enjoyed learning a bit more about the podcast, my story and we also hope to entertain you in every episode we release!