Madrid | Australia | Munich | San Francisco + Silicon Valley 

A European In San Francisco was born in 2013 when Elena moved to the San Francisco Bay Area following the relocation of her German husband to the heart of Silicon Valley: Mountain View.
One of the first things she did was to buy Pepa (her car) and soon right after she started blogging about her adventures living and working in Silicon Valley.

Experienced Expat: Elena became an expat for the first time after graduating, when she relocated to Belgium to start her career in Marketing. Since that day she’s worked for the Australian Government in Europe and for the most innovative start-ups in Germany and Silicon Valley.
There are many blogs about the San Francisco Bay Area. Most of them are in English, some are in German, Spanish… and all of them are good but what makes A European in San Francisco different? this blog is a super honest, down-to-earth tale of someone like you:

moving to/living in Silicon Valley AND with a lot of questions!

Elena has been blogging since 2011 when she was living in Germany. Her blog there: My Adventures in Munich. She was one of the very few expats blogging in English about Munich and some months (and blog posts later) the Blog became very popular amongst the expat community in Munich and was featured in InterNations as one of the very few recommended blogs. Soon after it got nominated during the Munich Web Week Isarnetz as the Best Munich Blog (and got nominated again the following year later).
My Adventures in Munich is today one of the most influential expat blogs about moving, living, studying and working in Munich. National German newspapers have featured the Blog several times in articles regarding the best blogs about Munich.
We hope that you enjoy reading A European in San Francisco, as much as I enjoy writing it!
Have a great day!

3 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Elena,
    Your blog is great! Glad I came across it. We are a couple who has lived in Amsterdam for the last 6 years and we are moving to SF soon since my husband just got a job there. He’ll be working remotely until February. We are actually both American but I’m also Dutch. While I’m sure many things will be easier for us (SSN, credit history, etc.) we can definitely relate to a lot of your posts. I can’t stand carpets either… but maybe that’s because I grew up with a Dutch mother who also hates them.

    Any tips on where to start looking for a moving company? We are not shipping any furniture but only big things are some kitchen things (nice pans) and my husband’s drum set (that hasn’t been unpacked since we lived here in our tiny apartment..). Any idea if there are any companies who will ship door to door (without knowing where the final door is yet) and not ship huge amounts of stuff? We didn’t use door to door coming over here and I regretted that. And I’m so sad to read about the wine! We also have to send our dog back but luckily we’ve done that once before.

    I’ve never been to SF before so I’m excited for the new adventure. Hope to meet some people like you when we are there finally!

    Keep blogging! And yeah… the US is a strange place but hopefully you’re enjoying your time there already.

  2. Dear Elena,

    My name is Joyce and I work for is a free one stop website for people preparing to move or working and living overseas. We provide a myriad of services for expatriates and we have over 2,000 articles to help and support the people moving around the world and we are now creating an interview section to help the expats with real life experiences!
    We quite enjoy your blog about living in California, it is very interesting and informative. Would it be possible to interview you to further share some of your tips and feature some of your first hand experience as an Expat and your interview will be published on our Expat Interview section as a guide for our expat readers. The questions are mainly about the day to day lifestyle of an expat. If it would be possible, could you also send some photographs that we can use?
    Of course, if you accept, we can add a link to your blog or some of your website.
    The questions are enclosed, feel free to respond freely. You can return the doc with your answers if you accept this invitation.
    Thanks in advance and do let me know if you prefer other means to conduct this interview and we would be happy to accommodate your terms.

    Best regards,

    1. Dear Joyce,

      Thank you very much for your email and I am truly sorry for the delay in responding. 😦 How exciting! yes, I’d love to do the interview.

      If your are still interested please let me know here or just drop me a line: The months of Dec 2014 and Jan 2015 were crazy for me and could not take any new project, but I’m more relax now and I’d love to appear in the ExpatFinder. Just let me know!

      Thank you in advance and have a great day!

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