1st of the month featured bloggers: march

Can you believe it’s already the 1st of the month again? You know what that means! Time for more

1st of the Month Featured Bloggers

It’s probably not surprising that fellow expats hold a special place in my heart. No matter where we’re from and where we’ve moved to, we’ve left behind all that we’re used to, the comfortable, daily routines that we didn’t even have to think about as we shuffled through them for the unknown–new, uncertain lives in new countries.

Expats end up having a lot in common almost by default, and I think many of us feel sometimes inexplicable connections with other expat bloggers. At least I do.

So here are two of my favorite expat bloggers, chosen for their many talents and also for simply making me happy on a regular basis.

Both of these women have an amazing ability to paint a scene with words and photographs and to draw me into their cities and lives. I always enjoy visits to their virtual homes, and I hope that you will too.

* Jessica of In Search of Dessert *

Jessica of In Search of Dessert“At the table of life there are knives in the back, and forks in the road. I keep a spoon handy, in case life dishes up dessert.”

With a tagline like that, how can you *not* want to dive in and see what Jessica is serving up?

At In Search of Dessert you’ll find an American living in Switzerland after stops in Texas, Hawaii, Indiana, England, and Rome. A freelance writer and fabulous photographer now, Jessica has also been a donut froster, a librarian, a dishwasher, and a program manager at a Fortune 500 company.

With her words, photos, recipes, and keen observations on daily life, Jessica brings you right into Geneva and surrounding areas or wherever it is she is at the moment. Ah, and did I mention she’s also planning a wedding? Check out Jessica’s special expat weddings blog, Weddings Start to Finish, as well.

* Amanda of London Southern Belle *

Amanda of London Southern Belle Amanda is a freelance writer who found her way to London after a 10-year long-distance relationship with her British husband; she describes herself as “your average belle with steel Magnolia, sweet potato queen baggage.”

Since November 2004, Amanda has written about “balancing her teaching career as a college lecturer, driving on the ‘right’ side of the road and adding milk to hot tea.” Recently, Amanda’s blog has a whole new dimension as she shares the emotional process of her and her husband’s starting a family through IVF treatments.

Warm fuzzies abound when visiting Amanda’s place, so do brew up a nice mug of tea (I recommend Earl Grey!) before you go. You could be there awhile.

Happy blog-hopping!

10 Beans of Wisdom to “1st of the month featured bloggers: march”
  1. 03.01.2008

    You are too sweet! I love your blog too. You have such a dedication to the culture you live in – to really flushing it out in your writing, cooking and general endeavors. i also admire how frequently you blog! I miss italy, and it calls to me these days. perhaps its the change in weather?
    Thank you for this and i^ll let you in on a little secret, I started a Wedding Expat Blog…I left my name under the link to THAT one, instead of in search of dessert, if you wanna go check it out. πŸ™‚

    Jessica’s last blog post..DIY Menu Project

    Ooh I’ll add that into the post! Thanks! And keep writing on *all* your blogs πŸ˜‰

  2. 03.01.2008

    I look forward to seeing your featured bloggers each month. I’m always finding new blogs to read from your list. I love that you give a little write up with them too. Thanks for the links. Off I go blog hopping.

    kacey’s last blog post..February Photo of the Month

    I’m so glad to hear this Kacey! It’s a pleasure to write about some of the people who bring me joy in the blogosphere. Another one is coming up in the middle of the month via a guest post πŸ˜‰

  3. 03.01.2008

    Thanks for the pointers πŸ™‚

    meredith’s last blog post..look out my window

    My pleasure Meredith!

  4. 03.01.2008

    Thanks for doing all of the work for me. it’s always fun to see where you’ve been traveling.

    Karen Cole’s last blog post..FOCUS

    My pleasure Karen!

  5. Milva

    You are immensely creative and original! What a neat idea to have featured guest bloggers. I’m enjoying your blog as always and have discovered lots of great other bloggers thanks to you…

    Milva’s last blog post..Nonna’s Gift

    So happy to lead you in other bloggers’ directions πŸ™‚

  6. Thanks so much for the mention πŸ™‚ May we sit down with a hot cuppa one day and discuss all things expat πŸ™‚

    Amanda x

    London Southern Belle’s last blog post..‘What have you been up to lately?’

    Gladly! Hopefully we’ll meet up in London, Italy, or somewhere in between soon πŸ™‚

  7. 03.02.2008

    Ha! You slipped in a new one. I shall go see Amanda subito.

    Judith in Umbria’s last blog post..And what is so rare as a day in June?

    Glad to hear it Judith πŸ™‚

  8. 03.02.2008

    Sorry for the late comment, but when you send me off to such interesting links, I sometimes forget to return. Thanks for pointing me in the direction of some lovely writing!

    anno’s last blog post..Sunday Scribblings: When I Was 7

    So happy you followed the links–and thanks for coming back too πŸ˜‰

  9. 03.03.2008

    Hi there my name is Jeena and I have started a food recipe forum that I thought you would like to join here Click here for food recipe forum

    I would love to see you on there to chat about food and cooking you can talk about anything you like and start your very own topics. πŸ™‚
    or see my main food recipe website Jeenas food recipe site

    Hope to see you soon


    Jeena x

    Interesting Jeena; I’ll have a look πŸ™‚

  10. 03.03.2008

    β€œAt the table of life there are knives in the back, and forks in the road. I keep a spoon handy, in case life dishes up dessert.”

    Talk about a sentence with a whole lot to sink your teeth into! Wow!

    This is such a great way to learn about different bloggers. Now off to visit their blogs!

    Anali’s last blog post..Meal Mixer Winner!

    Such a great tagline, isn’t it? Enjoy your visits!

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