Expat Life

Cut from the Same Cloth

Blogging is an interesting sort of hobby. Within the blogging community itself, you’ve got a whole bunch of talented people who like a lot of the same things (I have yet to come across a blogger who doesn’t like writing or photography) and within a particular niche, whatever it may be, these similarities tend to go quite a bit deeper. I can’t speak for every niche or every blogger, but there is a special kinship within the expat and travel blogging community that I haven’t been able to replicate within my “real life” just yet. Maybe it’s because as expats we are all living somewhere outside our comfort zone, and so clinging to others in the same situation just comes naturally, but more likely it’s due to sharing the same passion that inspired us to become expats or travelers in the first place – adventurers are drawn to other adventurers. We are all cut from the same cloth, so to speak.

So back to why blogging is so interesting – here you’ve got a group of people whose personalities are often quite similar, they share the same interests and/or lifestyle, and they communicate on a regular basis, but they hardly ever actually meet each other. The majority of connections are made online and stay online. There is a lot to be said for online friendships and how they help fulfill our lives, but I believe a strong case can also be made for the importance of actually meeting the “person behind the blog”. To spend an afternoon with someone you’ve taken the time to get to know inside and out through blogging is a unique experience. You’ve just met, yet you feel like you’ve known each other your whole lives. Those who know us through our blogs often know us better than the people we see in our everyday lives, and that is why I think it’s so important that these friendships extend further than the realms of a creatively designed blog or a carefully written post. Distance will often get in the way, but when the opportunity to meet a fellow blogger presents itself, take it.

Cut From The Same Cloth

Last week I had the pleasure of meeting Bonnie from A Compass Rose while we were traveling through her neck of the woods. Prior to meeting Bonnie, I had only met one other blogger before, and she’s still one of my good friends today. (Hi Nicole!) I could tell right away I was going to like Bonnie. She is just as beautiful and genuine in person as she is on her blog. Me being the chatterbox I am and Bonnie being as easy to talk to as a sister, our conversation over coffee and Sally Lunn’s buns went on for hours. Both of us grew up traveling through and living in countries other than the one we were born in (her quite a bit more than I) and we both knew we wanted our children to experience that same sort of lifestyle. We both suffer (or is it really suffering?) from the same itch that has us constantly adding to our lists of places to see and explore. Sitting at a table with Bonnie and exchanging stories over good food was just delightful. That’s really the best word I can come up with to describe it. That she felt the same way and we are already planning another get-together in London for November only further cements my conviction that bloggers need to be getting together with other bloggers. (Sidenote: London bloggers, November afternoon tea – who’s in?)

As a bonus to an already wonderful afternoon, Bonnie also snapped a couple shots of Cory and me, in the rain no less, and turned them into some fabulous photos that I will treasure forever. The weather threw a hitch into our original plan for a meet-up, which was to be a photo shoot with Bonnie around Bath to help promote her new business venture. She has this genius idea of offering travelers the opportunity to have professional photos taken with the beautiful city of Bath as the backdrop. I had to take a raincheck (ha, ha – I’m so funny!) for my own shoot, but if I were you, I’d take her up on her services because she is one talented girl. Just see for yourself – if she was able to make me with my rainy day hair look good, imagine what she could do for you!

Cut From The Same Cloth

Cut From The Same Cloth

I’ll have more on our trip to Bath soon. This city…wow. It’ll take your breath away! I’m already planning a return visit for next year. Thank goodness for cheap train tickets!

All Photos Courtesy Of Bonnie Rose Photography

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  • Ashley | Domestic Fashionista
    October 2, 2013 at 6:41 AM

    How fun! I am so glad you get to make bloggy friends! And what a wonderful idea to hire photographer while you are traveling! I used to joke I wanted a photographer to follow us every where we went on vacation. Let’s just say we invested in a nice tripod instead! ;)

    P.S. So last week’s premiere of Parks and Recreation was in London and it was so fun to recognize so many places I have recently seen on your blog!

  • Mrs. Match
    October 2, 2013 at 4:25 AM

    I so badly want to meet a fellow blogger! It’s been on my goal list since I started blogging. I imagine meeting a blog friend would go similarly. I feel like we already all know each other so well, so sitting down for a cup of coffee would feel completely natural. She took amazing pictures! You two look amazing!

  • Anna
    October 1, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    Beautifully written. I’ve always written in a little bubble and only recently learnt there’s this whole amazing world of people who are on different corners of the world who are so lovely and so welcoming. It’s something you really really need when you’re far or even a little bit away from home and feeling lonely… So this November meet up. I’ll be back in London in November – please tell me this will be happening somewhere between the 5th and 16th!!

  • Emmymom
    October 1, 2013 at 7:03 AM

    Yea! So glad you had such a great experience. I have been able to meet quite a few bloggers now, but I also go every year to a SoCal Social for bloggers so that helps :) It really is nice meeting someone who gets you and understands you a little more and likes the same things. The pictures are great! Love love the the color one she took

  • Sara Louise
    September 27, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    YAY for blates!

    I have met some really great people that turned out to be really great friends through my blog. I cannot imagine what my expat life in France would have been like without them :)

  • Bonnie Rose
    September 27, 2013 at 5:18 AM

    Oh I love the way you write and i felt like I was right back there in that moment. I know I have to be a bit biased because it is about us meeting, but I just love this post so much. So true to your title ‘cut from the same cloth’ how the expat and travel blogger community is so close. I just loved this and I cannot wait to meet up again! x

  • Selena Jones
    September 27, 2013 at 4:34 AM

    I love this! Bonnie is such a great photographer and you are a lovely couple. November Blogger meet up will happen and I’m so excited. First step is to narrow down a date that Bonnie can make it to London, then I’ll get to work on finding a venue.

  • Katrin
    September 27, 2013 at 2:54 AM

    So cool! I have never met another blogger in real life but I am sure it would be fantastic! I am glad you had such a great time! And the pictures are awesome!

  • Miwa
    September 27, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    I’m fairly new to this whole blogging thing and I’ve only just begun to get to know people so I’m pretty far from actually meeting anyone, but it sounds like a lot of fun. (Although I know I’d be super nervous…) And I love the pictures. What a good-looking couple ;)

  • Stacie Stamper
    September 27, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    Love meeting felow bloggers. And those pics of you and Cory are some of my favorites.

  • Courtney
    September 26, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    Aw this post is so inspiring on so many levels! First, I LOVE that you took the time to meet a blogging friend. I’ve only had the opportunity once but it IS so worth it. Second, the photos of you and your man are beautiful. You both look amazing. Handsome and loveliness in one place. Third, sigh…Bath? Seriously, would love to visit there someday. Beautiful post. Excited to see more pics.

  • Jacintha | Urban Pixxels
    September 26, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    How nice that you got to meet up with Bonnie! I totally agree, bloggers should get together with other bloggers more often :-). I’ll be in London in November, so let me know. Would love to join.

  • Nicole
    September 26, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    I’m so glad you were my blogger “first” HAHAHA! I know a couple others, but it’s more like they’re friends and family that I have known for awhile, that also happen to blog now. I want to meet more, but that’s kinda hard when I live where I do :) Someday!

  • Connie Weiss
    September 26, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    I love meeting bloggers. Bonnie has some skills!!

  • Emma @ AdventuresofaLondonKiwi
    September 26, 2013 at 5:56 AM

    Aren’t blates so much fun? It’s weird because you can ‘know’ soneone quite well, but I’m usually quite nervous inwardly too (mostly because I think I’ll act like an idiot). I’ve met a select few, and are lucky enough to count them as real friends now.

  • Tammy Chrzan
    September 26, 2013 at 5:45 AM

    I will be in London In November!!!

    I can’t even begin to tell you how gorgeous you are! Though the photography is great, I’m pretty sure it had nothing to do with how good you look! Seriously! How do you stay so thin! I’m a comfort eater… You must be a comfort exerciser!! lol

    I would love to meet you in November, I will be there during the Thanksgiving holidays.

    I can’t wait for the Bath posts, I love Bath!

  • Rebecca
    September 26, 2013 at 3:46 AM

    just realized I put the wrong state, she’s from Mississippi, not Minnesota!

  • Rebecca
    September 26, 2013 at 3:45 AM

    you are so right! I was lucky enough to meet Teresa from used to be Our Southern Country Home and Farm, now 1800 Farmhouse Road. She and her BF came here from MI last year to go to the flea market with me and my BF. We had a blast . She came up again with her sweet hubby and will be here again Friday. He has a medical conference at Vanderbilt and we, once again are going to spend the day starting at the Flea. She is just as amazing in person as she is on her blog. The pics of you and Corey are fantastic, something to cherish forever! So glad you’re having a great time over there, we do miss you here though!

  • Jo
    September 26, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    I’m so jealous! But we’ll get to meet, one day! … Those are lovely photos of you & Cory

  • Keith Wynn
    September 25, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    I would love to someday meet my fellow bloggers. I really do think the blogging community becomes like a family over time – sharing stories through our writing :)

  • Tina @ Girl-Meets-Globe
    September 25, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    What fun! I love how you described it! So true!! I’d love to join you all in a London blogger meet up!!

  • Shaylynn
    September 25, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    No, no, no. No i’m not jealous. No not at all.

    Why, why oh why are you so far away?