After a long distance relationship of four years, Molly Hawkins made the big move abroad in October 2013 to be with her American husband. She tells us more about being a British expat living in Ohio:
I’m sure you’ve never heard this before: where are you from?
I am originally from the UK, and lived in various places like Cornwall, London and Swindon.
And what did you do there, then?
I was a primary school teacher.
How did you end up in Ohio?
My husband lived in Ohio and we decided it would be me who made the move abroad to join him.
Have you lived abroad before?
No, I have never lived abroad before, so it was a huge change!
So what’s so good about Ohio?
Well, apart from my husband (of course) there is a nice mix of city and countryside. There seems to be quite a bit to do, and a lot of history. There are some really great metroparks near to where I live and the people are very friendly.
And what don’t you like?
The public transportation. I do not drive and was so used to getting about in the UK on buses and trains. The bus service here is not as comprehensive or as regular, so it makes it hard to get about.
Do you feel like an insider or outsider?
I feel very at home, and have never been made to feel like an outsider, but I would not say I feel like an insider just yet. That may come after I have been here longer.
How do you support yourself?
My husband has a good job and is our main source of income and I do a bit of paid blogging here and there to supplement.
Any advice for wannabe Ohioans?
Learn about the area you are moving to by reading about it as much as you can so that you get to know more about your potential new community. Once you arrive, be sure to venture out and about and visit local stores and attractions to make it feel more familiar.
Is the move permanent?
Yes, my move to America is permanent. We may not necessarily stay in Ohio forever, but for the foreseeable future, it is our home.
Finally, tell us about something typically Ohioan
I will admit I asked my husband about this, and he said that for him (he has lived here for 35 years) it would be the Cleveland Browns (football), Cleveland Indians (baseball), buckeye candy, red cardinal birds, Cedar Point and King’s Island amusement parks, cheese Coney dog (hotdog), bread and butter pickles and extreme weather (really cold in winter and really hot in summer)!
Molly Hawkins blogged about her experiences and new life over at The Move to America.