About us

Hi – we’re the Jackson 4. We’re preparing to uproot and leave our home in North London to begin a new adventure in the San Francisco Bay Area.

We’ve lived in London for most of our lives (apart from Alex’s upbringing in the Essex wilderness). We met here, got engaged and married here, had kids here. Our family and friends are just round the corner. So is the local Tesco where I can get my Haribo Starmix fix.

We’re going into this with our eyes open. It’s an incredible opportunity but we know it’s going to be tough. The relocation process is daunting, and once we’re out there it will take some time before we’re all set up and settled in. I’m sure most of the time we’ll love it – the outdoors lifestyle, a new environment and culture, discovering new places, the benefits that come with a novel accent… But on other days we may wish we were just like everyone else. Or we’ll find the distance from the people we love particularly tough. There’ll probably be occasions when we wonder why we ever made the move in the first place.

We decided to write a blog so we can capture what we’re going through – our thoughts, fears and hopes – let people in on our experiences, and look back at these memories to see how far we’ve come.

And let’s face it, in a household where the females outnumber me 3:1, this blog may be the only way to get my point across without being outvoted, interrupted or ignored altogether.


7 thoughts on “About us”

  1. Hi guys
    Thanks for following; I believe you are the first follower that’s about to do the opposite of what we are doing.

    Where do I start? I’ve been here since 1988 with a 7 year break in Canada and back since 2007. I’m sure you have millions of questions about the Bay Area and I’d be happy to answer as many as I can if you contact us directly via the about page.

    At least you don’t hate fog and low clouds being from the UK and all. (Most Brits try their hardest to leave that )

    Good luck
    Rob and Diane


    1. Thanks for sharing, Rob and Diane. I guess the fog and clouds could be the one constant that eases the settling in process! I’m sure I’ll have a ton of questions for you in due course – you may live to regret the invitation 🙂

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      1. Hi Aron
        Not a problem. It was bittersweet driving out of there. I moved to SF in 1988 way before I met Diane. It was a totally different place back then and I’ve seen so much change. Then it. Changed even more when we returned from Canada in 2007 after being gone for six years although at that time it was mostly the switch to everything Mexican and Spanish that stood out the most.

        Feel free to email me in the beginning and I’ll find some time to respond

        Good luck


  2. Thanks for following my blog; as you may have gathered, I am an expat living in London… I guess you could say we are similar opposites! 🙂
    I’m curious, and wondering whether/how soon we’ll start to see similarities in our situations. Good luck with your move, it’s always really hard to pull up roots, but somehow (and soon enough) really rewarding to find you’ve put down new ones without even realising it.
    Good luck!


    1. Thanks for adding your thoughts, Nama! I’m expecting that the first few months will be as tough as they come, but I hope we’ll look back and find the early experiences the most rewarding.


  3. Hi Aron
    I hope you’re settling and remember me… You sold me your bike in London. I wondered if you could email me and make direct contact… I have a question for you!

    Many thanks


  4. Hi

    My name is Joyce, I am a marketing executive at expatfinder.com which is a leading expat information and services website.

    I saw on your blog that you are and expat. I wish to interview you to further share some of your tips. The questions are mainly about the housing, the daily life etc.

    It just takes 5 minutes (or more depending if you have lots to say 🙂

    Of course, if you accept we can add a link to your blog or some of your website.

    If you are interested to participate at this project, please send me an email at interview@expatfinder.com.


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Once upon a time a family of four left London for Silicon Valley. This is our story.

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