STARTING OUT: We began in a brownstone apartment in Chicago’s Bucktown.
MOVING UP: As our family grew, we moved to the suburbs.
- Rent became mortgage.
- Two bedrooms became three.
- One bathroom became 2.5.
- 800 square feet became 1900.
- The strip of dirt between the building and the curb became a yard.
BIGGER AND BETTER: Before we considered moving to Switzerland, we had our next house planned out.
- We wanted a basement.
- We wanted an extra bedroom.
- We wanted a laundry room, not just a laundry nook.
- We wanted a pantry, not just a cupboard.
INTERRUPTION: But when we moved to Geneva, we went back to living in an apartment and paying rent.
This is typical for expats. And I think the success and happiness of most expats is based largely on our ability to ignore the notion that this as a step backward.