Welcome To My Expat Life

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Drinking Starbucks in Budapest

Experiences like these are to help us learn who we are deep down inside. If we never test our boundaries, then we don’t know what we are capable of doing. To reach our deaths safely without a scar, to maybe live a few extra years, is not worth skidding into our graves screaming, ‘Wow that was frickin’ cool!’ -Eva Hamori

Welcome to My Expat Life – That’s Hamori! a family blog created to document our move from Canada to France and then to Hungary, and back again to the very beginning to Nanaimo BC Canada. A full circle adventure of an entire decade. It became a place for me to collect information that we gathered along the way, to help me process the stress while changing our life entirely while searching for happiness.  I wanted a place to share these experiences. Over the years it has grown and grown…

Have you ever dreamed about living in Europe?

Have you ever wondered how people do it?

Those wishing to make changes in their lives and to actively go after their dreams may find some inspiration in our blog. As wanderlusts like ourselves, those visiting Europe may read about places we have visited during our travels and find the information useful.

Our story is that we checked out of the rat race, left behind the 9-5:00 in search of a life that we could get truly excited about; one that includes lots of time with the kids and showing them the world through travel, food and adventures. We have learned languages, created business and met many interesting characters along the way.

To navigate through our website headers,

Our Journey: Is the chronological account of our journey through journal entries. We talk about how we sold everything in Vancouver, packed up the kids and moved to Europe. We wanted to buy a B&B in South France, and show the kids another kind of life; one based on time currency, learning new languages and living a balanced life! Follow along as our family adventure unfolds.

My Expat Life Series, FRANCE: Meeting fellow expats who find their best lives in the Languedoc inspired me to write a series. Creative, interesting and thought provoking, I hope you enjoy reading about the people who move to the region and what they do for a living, as much as I enjoy writing about them. I hope they inspire you to live your best life.

My Expat Life Series, HUNGARY: is my latest writing project. I am in search of fellow adventures like ourselves who have started a new life here in Hungary. I meet so many fascinating people and have one very interesting person from America to kick off this series! If anyone is interested in participating, please contact us at info@thatshamori.com

Food: Do you love food? Gluttony is my favourite sin! I find myself eating my way through Europe, and recreating the recipes and sharing them with you! Facebook branch off page, Travel, Eat, Repeat come join us in our culinary adventures!

Lists: Writing for years, it must be a natural process to make lists when accumulating so much information along the way. Here they are in all their organized glory.

Inspiration: This is where I babble about my silly epiphanies, the problems I have worked through, my random thoughts and my aha moments.

subheader 40 Before 40: When the monumental 40th birthday approached, I decided to make a list of the forty things I wanted to do before my milestone occurred. It was fun, and I think I learned a lot in that year. Will there be a fifty before fifty? Wait and see!

Under My Expat Lives are:

Hungary: Our lovely home in Budapest Hungary is the complete polar opposite to our rural life in Capestang. Our apartment is in Elizabethtown in the dynamic 7th district in Pest which is teaming with life; operas, theatre, nightlife, shows, festivals, music, restaurants, history, monuments and it never ends. I share my other love, our other home; Magyarország.

Our home in Solymar is freshly built and another adventure. Close to work, nestled in the hillside, here we host EAL students studying the English language through our unique immersion program; LivEnglish.

Vancouver: Here I share experiences and things I love about my home and native land, Canada. During visits home, I love to write about the differences about living in Vancouver and Capestang France or Budapest Hungary, how different the cultures are and what I miss the most.

France: New to France, here we share our experiences with culture, language, food, business, local sites etc… For those of you who are thinking about travelling with children, we have a few tips. For those wishing to move to southern France, we have some advice. Pursue your happiness, reach for your dreams, and I promise life just keeps getting better.

subheader Capestang: Capestang is the little village nestled up to the Canal du Midi that we decided to call our home. Southern France is beautiful, with the sun shining 300+ days a year. We were located 2 hours from the Spanish border, 20 minutes from the beach and also close to Beziers, and Carcassonne airports. Other nearby cities include Montpellier and Toulouse. For us it was the perfect place to set up a life, and work in the tourist industry.

A rare moment, Budapest street
Hamori kids don’t fight!

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