Who are the Buisson's?
Hi, I'm Debbie! Luke is around here too, but pigs will fly before you hear from him! We met in Houston, Texas in January 2006. After his relocation to New Orleans at the end of that year, I joined him 1.5 years later so we could start living our lives together. We said some nuptials at some point in there, and in 2012, we made a family decision ("family" means Luke and me) to fulfill our dreams of living overseas. Our expat adventures began in Aberdeen, Scotland, and eight months later we relocated again to London, England. Here we are today, living in one of the greatest cities in the world - it's unbelievable!

The Purpose of Buisson International
I started my blog in June 2012 to document our lives in Scotland, express the differences between the USA and the UK, and as a way for family and friends to keep up with us (aka make sure we are still alive). As time went on, life in the UK became "normal", so I had to rethink my purpose. Now, I mostly write about our travels and our London discoveries. I enjoy reading about other people's adventures, their travel tips, and the differences in other cultures. I want to give back to those who enjoy and do the same, so I do my best to portray our experiences in the most honest way possible.

Be Warned
-I ramble on and on and give way too many details.
-I post way too many pictures. In fact, multiply "way too many" by ten.
-I am a very high maintenance sleeper, so occasionally you might read about my lack of sleep... or a hotel's horrible pillows... or the hotel's lack of three pillows for just me. I like to think sleeping is my only high maintenance quality.
-I have a major obsession with FRIENDS, and that's an understatement.
-I was a math teacher back in the States, but now use my math skills to triple recipes for my garbage disposal of a husband. If a recipe knocks our socks off, I will share it with you.
-I put a lot of thought into what is a necessity, what is a luxury, and what will make my family happy. I base every penny I spend on those three things. (that is a roundabout way of saying that I am frugal)
-I am not a Fashionista, so I will never post about new fashion trends. In fact, I really don't like shopping (see previous warning).
-I bottle my feelings, so I have the occasional rant... through my blog.
-I am way behind on my posts. Like 40 or so.

Take a look around!


  1. Hi Debbie! And hello fellow high maintenance sleep!! I always refer to myself as that and have never heard anyone else call themselves that until now! :) I'm just down the road, south of London. Just wanted to say "Hey!"

  2. I've been following your blog since you lived in Aberdeen. I'm from Nairn in Scotland originally and have lived all over the world, but now live in America. I love reading about your travels! Finally started my own blog, I wish I'd started sooner as there's not as much material here in TN as there was when we lived in Korea :) Cheers, Pam

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Pam! I can't wait read about your surprises being in the US! I get surprised when I go back there :) you can always do throwbacks about Korea. I'd love to read about them.

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  4. So glad I found an American Expat in London blog! We (my husband and my 4 little girls) are moving to Guildford this summer for an expat assignment. I am so not looking forward to the laundry after reading your post about HOW LONG it takes to wash and dry...I'm hoping you maybe just have an incompetent washer and that it's not normal for all washers! Because with 4 girls I already feel like I spend 90% of my life at home doing laundry...but other than that, we are SO excited to start our adventure there! Keep posting! (My daughter has browsed your Harry Potter studio tour album five or six times now) ----Michelle Jones

    1. Hi Michelle!
      Congratulations on your expat assignment! The UK is a wonderful place to live (despite what you may hear). We visited Guildford a couple of weeks ago and it is an amazing little town!!! I know you love it!
      As for the washer and dryer :( we have a unit that is both a washer and dryer together (not separate). Sounds lovely, but it is not. There is no multi-tasking (while one dries, the next cannot start washing) and the dryer can only dry half loads (which is basically one bath towel) at a time. I cannot stress enough for you to insist you must have a separate washer and dryer but I don't think you will have much problem with your family size and being in Guildford. In my previous location, I had separate units and did not have any problems (although it did take a bit longer than in the US).
      If you have any questions, feel free to email me buissonfamilyblog@gmail.com as I would love to answer any questions you may have!
      Best of luck to you and your family!
      Debbie :)

  5. Hi there! New blog reader here and fellow expat living in Hitchin, just north of London. We moved here last summer and have really been enjoying our time here in England! Looking forward to reading about your adventures!

  6. Hi, I’m an intern for a Leopard Films. We produce a variety of shows for HGTV. I’m finding expatriates for House Hunters International casting. Here’s a message from one of our casting directors!

    Hello! My name is Joe Pinzone and I work on a very popular international travel series that documents adventurous individuals’, couples’ and families’ experiences as they make the decision to move abroad. This series is a great opportunity to tell your story and share more about what you like/dislike about your new home. If you think that you or someone you know could be a fit for the show, or if you’d like to get more information, please contact me at JoePinzone@LeopardUSA.com. Thanks!

  7. Hi Debbie,
    My name is Natalie Sullivan and I'm casting an international travel show about expats moving abroad. We'd love to film in Scotland and wanted to know if you could help us find expats who have moved there within the last 15 months or have been there for 3-4 years, but recently moved into a new home. The show documents their move to a new country and will place the country in fabulous light. The expats on the show would also receive monetary compensation if they are filmed. They must also speak English fluently and can be buyers or renters for their homes. If you'd like more information, please give me a call at 212-231-7717 or skype me at natalieesullivan. You can also email me at nataliesullivan@leopardusa.com. Looking forward to hearing from you.

  8. Hi Debbie

    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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