Welcome to Change of Underwear!
I’m an American guy who has been living outside the good ol’ USA for quite some time now. I love sharing my experiences and stories, and basically just like being “on stage” and the center of attention, so …
This blog is all about my life as an expat, living in the world.
First stop: Galway, Ireland. This is what really kicked off my whole thing for living in other countries and experiencing different cultures. I was fresh out of college and ready to keep the party going. The fact that I was working in a restaurant/bar that transformed into an early evening lounge and then a late night dance club was a blessing and a curse. I had loads of laughs and the craic was always high, but after 8 months, it was time to give my liver a rest and move on to the next adventure. While important and formative, Change of Underwear doesn’t really focus on Ireland. It was too long ago from when I started this blog (and thus began crafting my senses to gather up good stories, facts, and observations for you) and I really did party my ass off a bit too much in those days to remember too many details.
This blog focuses on the second and third stop on my international life journey.
Second stop: Italy. This chapter of my life started as a year-long experience to get to know Italy better, and turned into something decidedly more long-term. All in all, between Bologna and Milan, I spent a bit more that 7 and a half years in the bel paese. I made great friends, learned a new language, ate tons of good food, and fell in love. Italy was a really special part of my life and I have nothing but fond memories of it. It’s a crazy, emotional, and often disorganized country, but that’s really part of the charm. There is nothing like Italy!
Third stop: Zurich, Switzerland. This is where I’m writing to you guys from now. I’ve been in der Schweiz since April 2013 and can already comfortably call this place home (at least for now). I’ve met cool people from all over the world here and the job market is refreshingly healthy. I can breathe easier in Switzerland – from a financial sense and a literal, clean air, mountainy and treeish sense. I still have lots to see and learn about this amazing country and you guys get to be there for it!
I’m excited to see what life has in store for me next. And as I go down this unpredictable, sometimes difficult, but always beautiful path, I’ll be sure to keep my iPhone handy to snap a picture or jot down a blog entry idea to share with you guys.
Thanks for reading and make sure you’ve got a fresh pair of underwear along for the ride … you never know!