Moved from the United States to the United Kingdom… and back to the United States. Currently in long-term limbo. My good, bad & ugly experiences as a former expatriate and (possibly) permanent repatriate (who'll continue traveling no matter what).


Ever since I was a kid, I always wanted to travel the world and possibly live in another country when I grew up. At the age of 8 or 9, I got an atlas as a Xmas present and would look over it, sometimes for hours. Many years, 12 countries travelled and 2 resident countries later, my dreams of travel & expatriation are slowly coming true.

I’ve lived & worked in the United Kingdom since 06.28.2010, and I hope to stay here for a bit. I can’t predict the future, but hopefully I’ll fulfil a couple of goals while I’m here, however long that’ll be. Feel free to join me as I continue this journey of living/travelling in another country, as well as trying to hop over to visit other countries too. I don’t know where the hell I’m going, but hopefully this journey will lead me to something(s) and somewhere good.

EDIT: I returned to the United States on 10.22.2013. Uncertain future. Travel, however, will always be certain.

Disclaimer: The author only speaks for the author and the author alone unless otherwise specified. The author’s experiences are not, and should not, be taken as the only way to experience expatriate living. The author does, however, relay some information that is common (written or unwritten rules) to all expatriates. Please also remember the above for other non-expatriate-related topics that are, and will be in the future, discussed on the author’s blog.

17 responses

  1. Ola

    Hi, thanks for the twitter follow. I am intrigued by one of your your recent tweets: “And yet another highlight: meeting a new (Black American) #expatriate. I took a chance & it went well.” What were you expecting to happen?


    October 15, 2010 at 22:43

    • ph2072

      Since I’m quite introverted, I wasn’t sure how our meeting would go. Meeting people, in general, is a challenge for me. (Plus, you never know with meeting a person via internet.) Turns out it was cool. Thanks for asking.


      October 15, 2010 at 22:53

  2. Hey,

    Craig here from yTravel Blog. I tried to add you as a friend on facebook but couldn’t? And I couldn’t even send you a message on facebook??? You must have some tight security settings, lol.

    Anyways, I have some good news for you! And that is you’re this weeks random winner of yTravel Blog’s…”Post Your URL Day”….woop woop! We simply draw a number out of a hat and that number corresponds to the position you commented, and you won!

    So, we would love to do a featured interview on you to post on our blog, our facebook page and twitter.

    Below is a list of questions, so please write a paragraph (or however long you need). And could you please send me 5 travel photos and the answers at your earliest convenience to my email:

    1. So, who is (government name)? (home town /background/family/previous careers/hobbies/ blah blah).

    2. Where are you currently and what are you doing?

    3. Where have you traveled to so far?

    4. Any travel plans for 2011?

    5. What is your favorite place so far??

    6. What are your favorite websites/resources for finding travel deals?

    7. What are you MOST proud about your home country?

    8. If we were to visit you in your hometown for a day, what would you do with us?

    9. Favorite International Food?

    10. Any hobbies or sports you love or participate in?

    11. Read any good books lately?

    12. Your favorite movie that inspires you to travel?

    13. Travel is about__________

    14. The people in my home country are_____________

    15. What did you want to be as a kid growing up?

    16. Favorite tech gadget you take travelling with you?

    17. Tell us about your travel blog and it’s purpose?

    18. Finally, how do we find out more about (government forename)? (all your links: travel blog, facebook fanpage, twitter etc).


    January 23, 2011 at 11:13

    • ph2072

      My humble thanks. :-) Will get started on that today and send you a private message re: Facebook.


      January 23, 2011 at 15:08

  3. I am sorry that I didn’t connect you had an expat travel blog. Since I know you under one main online name I didn’t even realize you were doing this project. I added your site to my current post and will blog list you as well.


    February 26, 2011 at 22:40

    • ph2072

      No problem. I shouldn’t have assumed. Thanks, Faith. :-)


      February 26, 2011 at 22:46

  4. Kim

    Hello how did you find Mauritius? How long have you been there?


    March 13, 2011 at 17:16

    • ph2072

      Good day. I’ve not been to Mauritius; however, I had dinner with someone from there. I hope to visit there within the next few years.


      March 13, 2011 at 17:18

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    • Spinster

      Thank you for the heads up.


      November 7, 2011 at 21:42

  6. Joyce

    Dear spinsterscompass,

    My name is Joyce and I work for is a free one stop website for people preparing to move or working and living overseas. We provide a myriad of services for expatriates and we have over 2,000 articles to help and support the people moving around the world and we are now creating an interview section to help the expats with real life experiences!
    We quite enjoy your blog about living in United Kingdom, it is very interesting and informative. Would it be possible to interview you to further share some of your tips and feature some of your first hand experience as an Expat and your interview will be published on our Expat Interview section as a guide for our expat readers. The questions are mainly about the day to day lifestyle of an expat. If it would be possible, could you also send some photographs that we can use?
    Of course, if you accept, we can add a link to your blog or some of your website.
    The questions are enclosed, feel free to respond freely. You can return the doc with your answers if you accept this invitation.
    Thanks in advance and do let me know if you prefer other means to conduct this interview and we would be happy to accommodate your terms.

    Best regards,

    Liked by 1 person

    November 11, 2014 at 23:21

    • Spinster

      Good day, and thank you for stopping by. I repatriated almost 13 months ago. If you still want to speak with me, contact me. Thank you.

      Liked by 1 person

      November 13, 2014 at 09:40

  7. Mel

    Hi are you actually on facebook? If so, I would love to follow you there. I have been in the UK for 8 years and would like to go back home but also find the though quite intimidating. I never suspected that going home again could feel so scary.


    December 10, 2014 at 04:38

    • Spinster

      Good morning. Do you have an e-mail address at which I could contact you?


      December 10, 2014 at 11:37

  8. Mel

    * thought


    December 10, 2014 at 04:38

  9. The place is really spiffied up. Love the Home page with the squares. Fun.


    May 28, 2015 at 17:40

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