Expat Life

General Expat Articles from an American Couple Living Abroad

Tips for Moving Overseas With Pets

We arrive 3 hours early at SeaTac Airport in Seattle to check in our 3 pets. It's hard to believe, but it's been two years to the day since we moved to Europe.  Saying goodbye to our house in Oregon on the 4th of July, our journey began with a 5-hour drive t...

It’s Official. We’re Going to Kashmir!

Several months ago, a friend of ours invited us to his wedding in July.  We were super excited about going, but then when Syed told us he'd be getting married back home - which for him is Kashmir, India - we were doubly excited! We'd met Syed when he became a...

12 Tips For Driving In Europe

Road trips are as much a part of our culture as apple pie and Johnny Cash, blue jeans and Ford pickups.  Ask any American kid to tell you a favorite childhood memory and you're likely to hear a story about piling into the battered, olive-green Plymouth Belvede...
Rat terrier on the Hobbit Trail, Oregon Coast

101 Reasons To Own A Rat Terrier

For those who haven't met her, our adventurous little world-traveling rat terrier, Ratatouille, turns 6 years old today.  Or at least on a day close to today.   Since she's a rescue from the Oregon Humane Society in Portland, we can't be sure of her exact birt...
On this day, nothing happened

“Two Small Potatoes” Genisys

Quite a few folks have asked us where we came up with the name of our blog.  Why are we Two Small Potatoes? It's not as if anyone interested in reading tips about travel destinations or what it's like to live as an American expat in Europe would ever know what...

10 Foods We Miss From The US

It's just past the one-year anniversary of when we moved to Switzerland, so we're taking a look at some of the foods we miss from the US.  There are actually a lot more than 10!  In fact, we miss entire food groups - like good Mexican food - but the 10 items t...

Dear IRS…

Our taxes will not be late this year, I promise. Fingers crossed. Typically US taxes must be filed by April 15th, the day we almost always actually file our taxes since we're procrastinators in a huge way.  This year, our official deadline for filing o...

1.5% Swiss milk = 3% US milk

Remind me again why Americans don't use the metric system? Because it's bloody hard, that's why! But seriously, our lives would be so much easier in Europe if we'd grown up using the metric system like most of the rest of the world.  As it is, the most...

Goodbye Hotels, It’s Moving Day!

Let the adventure begin! Three weeks ago, our plane touched down in Geneva, Switzerland.  It marked the beginning of the next exciting chapter of our lives - American expats in Europe!  Since then, we've been bouncing from one temporary housing situation ...