B.E Launch

Family, friends, travelers and anyone living in the Bay who is always talking about leaving, welcome to Bay Expat.

Adiós Bay Area. I’m Spain bound, again. The difference between this time and the last is, I do not know when I will be back. I booked an one-way flight to Barcelona booked for January and I am not looking back. I have never been at the top of any kind of pyramid. Until now. I am living at the top of the Silicon Valley Hierarchy of Needs according to @overheardmarina. The idea of paying $2k-8k per month to live in Silicon Valley or in the hip districts of San Francisco where other Millennial’s are raving about is absurd. Though I do hear it’s a pretty fun nightlife. That rent is not my cup of tea and not feasible with a hospitality job. Thankfully the last year I have been living at home while saving for my next adventure.

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Family, friends, travelers and anyone living in the Bay who is always talking about leaving, welcome to Bay Expat.

Adiós Bay Area. I’m Spain bound, again. The difference between this time and the last is, I do not know when I will be back. I booked a one-way flight to Barcelona booked for January, and I am not looking back. I have never been at the top of any social pyramid. Until now. I am living at the top of the Silicon Valley Hierarchy of Needs according to @overheardmarina. The idea of paying $2k-8k per month to live in Silicon Valley or in the hip districts of San Francisco where other Millennials are raving about is absurd; though I do hear it’s a pretty fun nightlife. That rent is not my cup of tea and not feasible with a hospitality job. Thankfully the last year I have been living at home while saving for my next adventure.

I plan on living in Spain for the first leg of this adventure. Then who knows what the future holds and where my travels will take me. Stay in Europe and head East to the Czech Republic or South to Italy? Maybe I’ll travel to Africa or Asia? One thing I know is, I want to hit every continent before I turn 30. Why might you ask? “Porque no,” was a common expression I said during my first adventure in Basque Country/Spain. As the motivational speaker, monk, and influencer Jay Shetty, puts it, “The bad news is time flies, the good news is you’re the pilot.” So why not live my life towards my passion for traveling and taking a few photos along the way.

So I have a rough plan of how this is going to work, but I will go with the flow and what feels right. Call it a Hemingway approach. I’m sure mistakes, changes, and good laughs will happen along the way and I will be better for it in the end. And trust me, there already has been a lot of changes and mistakes since my original plan, so I’m sure they will create some good stories.

You must be asking yourself at this point (if I haven’t already told you or don’t follow me on social media) how are you going to do this?

The answer is teaching English. However, I have other ideas and plans to help fund this passion, more on that in future posts hopefully.

I first floated the idea of teaching English in Spain after returning home in December 2016 from studying abroad in Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain. Almost two years later, those plans are becoming a reality.

After many info emails, going back and forth on when the “right time” would be, some encouragement from my mom and an awful day at work, I finally hit the button and signed up for my TEFL Certification in July of 2018. I will dedicate an entire post about my TEFL Certification process. Also, recently adding to this plan, I have taken up blogging to share my adventure. If you hate my stories, well check out my photos from around the world, make sure to hit the Alt-Tab key before your manager at Tesla or Facebook sees.

While abroad and not teaching or enjoying siesta drinking 1€ glasses wine (my favorite time of the day) I hope to land photo gigs for a little extra income on the side.

If you’re still reading, you might be asking yourself.

Peter, seriously? An English, teacher..a blogger? What the hell are you thinking? You can’t even get the correct your or you’re in a social media post half the time. Or if there is one thing that the internet does not need is another travel blog.

So here’s to prove the haters and naysayers wrong. Shooters got to Shoot.

When deciding on what to name this blog, I experimented with a couple of different names revolving around moving abroad, travel, and ESL. Without listing the corny, confusing, and run of the mill blog names, I finally settled with Bay Expat. Its short, clear and gets the message across. When you’re from the SF Bay Area and out of town, it’s easy to say when asked where you’re from, to say, “the bay” as a general reference point; or as some as my Sacramento friends like to say, “I’m from the Far East Bay.” An expat is a term used for people who leave their home country. So there you have it, Bay Expat.

Be curious. Be courageous. Be chivalrous.

B.E.