about me

Welcome, and thank you for visiting my blog!

I am a 28 year old elemetary teacher, originally from Chicago, IL.  I went to the University of Minnesota where I received my BA and M.Ed in elementary education. I met my amazing husband Matt during my junior year of college. Since getting married in 2010, our life has been a wonderful journey.

I previously taught in an urban public school, teaching grades K, 1, and 4. Matt is a mechanical engineer for a manufacturer of snowmobiles, ATVs, and motorcycles. We were living a typical suburban life before accepting the opportunity to move abroad.

In July of 2013 we moved away from all of our comforts to Jaipur, India. Matt took an expat job opportunity here for two years. Since we have moved, life has been challenging, frustrating, exciting, and spontaneous.  Living in a foreign country brings about many emotions and interesting experiences, which I hope to share with you through this blog.

xox Laura 


  1. I came across your blog while searching for India topics. I'm a fellow midwest girl turned expat here! I'm originally from Michigan and have been living in London since 2007. I recently married a British Indian man and have been to India twice now. Jaipur is my favorite Indian city! I'm looking forward to reading more of your blog.

    1. Hey there!
      Thanks for checking out my blog!
      I agree that Jaipur is one of the best cities to live in. Although it can be hard as an expat because it is missing many modern amenities. However, it is far less crowded that other cities and more accessible! Enjoy this blog :)

  2. Hi Laura,

    I am a television producer working on the US travel show 'House Hunters International'. We are looking for English speaking expats who have moved to India within the last 2 years or so... I wonder if you might like to share your story?

    House Hunters International is a half-hour TV show currently airing on the Home and Garden Television Network (HGTV) in America. The series is designed to de-mystify the international home-buying / renting process, by going behind the scenes of a house hunt where expats and their real estate agents tour 3 homes. At its core, House Hunters International is a travel show concentrating on the idiosyncrasies of the locales and what makes them special and different.

    Here are some links to show you what our show is all about!


    Here are some examples of the show that you can watch on Youtube:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gY-JQWPJr8s - Charlottenlund Denmark
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eP2zqdunHo0 - Athens Greece
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qo8RevsW-DM - Marrakech Morocco

    We would love to film in India again so please get in touch if you might be interested in finding out more!

    Best wishes,


    Michelle James
    1-3 St Peter's Street, London N1 8JD - +44 20 7704 3300

  3. Hi! I love your blog and would like to feature you in my new up coming segment on expats from around the world. :D If you are interested could you please pop me an email? rafiquaisraelexpress@gmail.com

  4. Hi Laura,

    I hope you don’t mind me contacting you out of the blue.

    I work for a television company based in Brighton (UK) called Ricochet, I’m not sure if you’ll have seen the programmes we make – they include international series like Supernanny and domestic ones like Food Unwrapped (a food science show that transmits on Channel 4).

    My job is to come up with new ideas and I’m currently trying to develop a possible series that would look at the real lives of ex pats in different countries, with particular emphasis on wives who move with their husbands as they work in places away from the UK.

    I’m looking to find out more about the lives of ex pats and I was wondering if it would be possible to speak with you about your experiences beyond what you write on your blog. I’m keen to find out how big the ex pat community is in Jaipur, what the average daily routine is and in general, whether there would be interesting stories to follow in a hypothetical programme.

    Would it be possible to make contact with you via the phone? If so, I can reassure you that there’d be no obligation to take part in anything (if a programme of this kind were to get commissioned), I’m purely researching at this stage.

    Many thanks in advance for any help you can offer, I have my fingers crossed that we might speak in the near future. My e-mail address is zara.powell@ricochet.co.uk

    Kind regards,

  5. Hi Laura, I came across your blog and absolutely loved it! I just moved to Jaipur for work, and expect to be here for the next ~6 months. I haven't encountered that many expats in Jaipur and I was hoping to get your advice on (1) day-to-day living here (2) your volunteer experiences with Vatsalya. On the latter, I really liked what I read from their website about the work they do etc. Would love to see how I might be able to help. If you have a moment, would you be able send a note to my personal e-mail: chshawn.low@gmail.com? Thanks in advance and hope to hear from you soon.

  6. Hi! I am Nerissa, a Filipino living in Italy.
    We just started a website dedicated to the lives of all those living in a country other than the one where they were born. Thru PeopleAbroad.org we intend to increase connections, awareness, and understanding among people.
    We would like to ask you to contribute as an author to the website by writing even one single post with photos and/or videos about the region of the world you live in. Your post can be externally linked to your personal websites, blogs, Facebook pages, Twitter account, and/or anything else you like, in order to promote your own activity.
    If possible, we would also like you to write your story (bio - where you live and how you decided to live your life abroad) – example: https://www.peopleabroad.org/nerissa-filipino-living-in-italy/.
    To become an author, it is not necessary to live in a different country from where you were born, but simply to know a bit of the world by having lived, studied, or traveled abroad.
    Please, sign up to our website at https://www.peopleabroad.org/register/ and send all your files with things you would like to share (your story or your posts) by email to people(at)peopleabroad(dot)org. In case of big files, send them by WETRANSFER.
    Since this website is still under construction, we do not have yet made it available to search engines for indexation. So, to access it, just type www.PeopleAbroad.org.
    We are just starting and that is why your help is essential. We would love to see you onboard!
    All the best,