How did two native Texans end up in Budapest, Hungary? My husband works for a global CPA firm (referred to herein as “the Firm” as a very bare-bones attempt at privacy), and his primary client from the U.S. has a large shared services center in Budapest. The Firm regularly sends managers and partners on assignments in other countries that report to the U.S. S.E.C. (Securities and Exchange Commission, for the non-accountants among us) so that they can share their knowledge of U.S. accounting and reporting requirements and auditing standards.
While we’ve been here, we’ve met dozens of people with similar stories, as well as members of the government, university professors, self-employed folks that love to travel, missionaries, and more. We’ve also witnessed a number of our friends from home going overseas for work assignments. All that to say – while this experience is unique to us, it’s by no means rare, and I’ve loved hearing the stories that we learn from new friends and acquaintances about their experiences. This blog is just my little way of sharing what we’ve done, what we’ve learned, and some of the highs and lows of our experience along the way.
I’m sure 99.9% of readers are family and friends, but if there’s anyone who stumbled across this blog looking for information about being an expat or traveling in central Europe, send me a message! I’d love to hear from you.