This month’s featured expat blog, Taste of Divine, is written by Christine. She and her husband currently live in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Get to know Christine via our interview with her and learn tons about her, her life abroad, and her passion for cooking healthy food no matter where she lives in this world.
Tell us about…
…Your Host Country.
1) What brought you to your host country?
My husband is in the US military and got a wonderful opportunity to work here. I’m lucky enough to tag along on this adventure.
2) What was your first impression of your host country?
From the get-go, I had a very good impression of Ljubljana. It is such a charming little city and I’ve fallen even more in love with it over the past year. I hadn’t done much traveling at all outside the US before we got here, so I was just in awe at how small the city and everything else was. To me, it felt like Disney World. I mean, the streets are small and quaint, ice cream is on every corner, it is beautiful, and there is even a castle on a hill! I wrote a post soon after arriving about my first impression, which you can read about here if you’d like.
3) How has living abroad changed you?
I feel changed in many ways. For one, I’ve learned to live a much simpler life. We left most of our things in the States, and I realize now that we don’t really need all of that stuff. I’ve also learned to be more open minded and more accepting of other people and other cultures.
4) What is the most difficult thing about where you live?
Honestly, Ljubljana is a very easy place to live. I have lots of friends all over the world, and sometimes I feel a little guilty when I hear their stories because of how good I’ve got it here. It’s a very safe, clean city and illness is not a concern. The people are so nice and treat us well, and most people speak English, which helps a ton.
5) What is the most exciting thing about where you live?
Probably the most exciting thing for me is all the outdoorsy stuff. Slovenia is such a small country but it has a lot to offer in terms of outdoor activities. In one hour, we can be skiing in the mountains or swimming in the sea. And it’s just beautiful.
6) What do you miss the most about your passport country?
My family, and also my dog and cat that we left behind. Especially since we do pretty much everything with that dog.
7) Is there anything you’ve learned to do while living abroad that surprises you?
I’ve gotten much better at navigating public transportation. I had never been on a train before moving overseas, and now I use trains, trams, metros, and buses all the time without too much effort. It was something that I was really nervous about at first, but now I’m much more comfortable with it.
8) Why did you start a blog?
First, because I love cooking healthy food and wanted a place to save and share recipes. Second, because I knew my husband’s job would be taking us many places and that we’d be on the road for a while. I wanted something that would keep me busy that I can do wherever I am in the world.
9) What is your vision for your blog or what are you hoping to accomplish through it?
I really want people (especially Americans) to realize that cooking healthy food is possible, even if you don’t really know how to cook or if you are on a budget. Through my blog, I want to help people move away from processed food and eat more natural, good-for-you foods. That is my goal. Also since my profession is sign language interpreting, I’ve recently started incorporating video versions of the recipes in American Sign Language, and I’d like to expand on that at well.
10) Can you share your 3 favorite posts.
- 10 Things You’ll Learn on a Trip to Ljubljana that are Different in the US
- Real Food Substitutions for Processed Ingredients
- Simple Osso Bucco
Do you have a question for Christine? She would love to CONNECT with you. Leave your comment or question right here. Or better yet, move on over to her blog, check out her awesome recipes, and leave a few comments there.