Interview with an American expat Tina

Interview with an American expat Tina

Today’s interview is with Tina, an American expat who is living in Denmark.  Jack and Tina Fussell have been traveling the world with their three kids for over eight years. They have settled in Spain, Morocco, and now finally in Copenhagen, Denmark. They are artists and photographers who share a passion for finding beauty in the every day life. Through their blog, Flying House by Traveling Mama, they share great finds, tips and diy’s, and inspirational photographs to encourage others in their travels and creativity. Tina’s expat blog is called Traveling Mama


Here’s the interview with Tina…

Where are you originally from?
Atlanta, USA


In which country and city are you living now?
Copenhagen, Denmark


How long have you lived here and how long are you planning to stay?
We have lived here for 2.5 years and hope this will be a long term move.


Why did you move and what do you do?
We moved here because my husband was offered a job as a nonprofit consultant.


Did you bring family with you?
Yes. We have three kids, Hailey (11), Parker (8), and London (4).


How did you find the transition to living in a foreign country?
Our transition to Denmark felt like a breeze. We lived in Spain for two years and Morocco for three prior to moving here and I think Denmark feels a lot closer to what we are used to in the US so it was a lot easier.


Was it easy making friends and meeting people; do you mainly socialise with other expats?
Although we were warned ahead of time that Danes would be difficult to get to know, we have found them to be very friendly and all of us have quickly made friends. We spend most of our time with Danes, though we do have a few expat friends as well.


What are the best things to do in the area; anything to recommend to future expats?
The best things to do are free, especially if you own a bike. We love to go on family rides, frequenting the many parks in the city and the nearby boardwalks and beaches!


What do you enjoy most about living here?
We love the cycling culture and, for me as a design junkie, I cannot get enough of Danish style!


How does the cost of living compare to home?
Everything cost at least double, if not triple. No one believes us until they come to visit and then they join us in the sticker shock!


What negatives, if any, are there to living here?
Being away from family and the cost of living are our greatest challenges.


If you could pick one piece of advice to anyone moving here, what would it be?
Buy a bike, visit coffee shops, and enjoy the summers. And buy a very warm jacket for winter!


What has been the hardest aspect to your expat experience so far?
I think we got most of our hardest expat experiences out of the way in Morocco. That was the most challenging thing we have ever been through, though we loved our time there. I think the hardest part about moving to any new country is learning the language and suffering the humiliation that comes along not just for yourself, but your kids, too.


Have you always been photographers or is this something that has developed for you over time?
When we first moved to Morocco in 2007, neither of us really knew much about photography. My parents gave us our first Digital DSLR camera as a going away present and asked us to please send photos as often as possible. At first we were disappointed with the quality of our work and after we started blogging, decided that we needed to push ourselves to take better photos that truly reflected the places we visited and the people we met along the way.


What are your top 5 expat tips for anyone following in your footsteps?

  1. Be bold.
  2. Learn the local language.
  3. Be open to new experiences.
  4. Make your house your home.
  5. Never forget on the bad days all the things that happened on the good ones!


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