We Are Urbanites :: Introducing A New Blog!

by Tina on July 16, 2015

in City Files, Copenhagen, Denmark, family, Spain, Travel, Travel Files, USA

Valentina Fussell Copenhagen Papiroen-2

A few of you have heard our big news, but we want to formally introduce our new site, We Are Urbanites.  This site will different from Traveling Mama and, while at times it will have great travel tips and finds, it will be primarily focused on the great cities of the world, the amazing people who live in them, and unpacking some of the ins and outs of great urban design.  We hope it will inspire those who live in cities to embrace their cities with a deeper love, encouraging them to grow and reach their greatest potential, while also drawing those living outside the city to experience them in a fresh way.

Here is a little from me as to how we stumbled upon this new Urbanite adventure::

Sixteen years ago I married this handsome fellow and was absolutely torn between my desire to sell what little we had accumulated and travel the world or to simply buy a house in a nice suburban neighborhood and live happily ever after.  I grew up in the suburbs so the appeal of the world was insatiable and yet I was SCARED TO DEATH of pretty much EVERYTHING.  The suburbs of Atlanta were familiar , and yet as you might have guessed, we ultimately traded comfort for foreign.  Our first few weeks in Barcelona, Spain were tough.  There were lots of big obstacles, especially with a ten month old along for the ride, but it wasn’t the language or culture that caused us the greatest amount of stress, but rather our thrust into an urban lifestyle.

We spent two years pretty much hating apartments and being forced to use public transportation rather than having the freedom to drive our own car, so in a state of resigned disappointment, we returned to the US, bought a house, a car, and almost immediately regretted it.  It wasn’t until we were thrust back into suburbia that we suddenly missed our local bakery, the florist, the ease of public transportation, and the access to all the things that city life had to offer.

Of course, at that time we were a bit clueless and thought we were just missing the adventure of life abroad, which is why we moved to a small town in Morocco rather than a big city.  We spent almost three years feeling really guilty about not enjoying the rural aspects of our lifestyle until one of our American friends told us one day of how much he LOVED the countryside and HATED going to the city.  It was at that moment that we realized that it was ok to prefer city life over rural or suburban lifestyles and to use the words that my Dad has said to me many, many times, “It takes all different kinds of people to make the world go round, baby.”

So, we decided to test our theory, and chose our new Urban life in Copenhagen.  Has every day been perfect?  Of course not!  Life is life no matter where you sleep at night, but from the moment we hit the ground in Copenhagen, we have felt more alive, more at home, more excited, and more free to explore the deeper parts of who we are.  And that is pretty awesome stuff.

So, We Are Urbanites, will be a site for unpacking the pros and cons of city life, the exploration of cool stuff happening, while also digging deep and looking for solutions for ways to improve the obstacles facing Urbanites today.  We hope you will join us at We are Urbanites and let us know what you think, and, we hope, share your own stories with us of what the cities all across the globe mean to you!

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Monica July 16, 2015 at 2:39 pm

This is really exciting. I love the look and feel of the new website. I have been feeling trapped in the suburbs for a long time….hoping to bring up the courage one day to do as you guys did.


Tina July 16, 2015 at 4:46 pm

I hope you will find some encouragement from others on Urbanites as well! We hope to add interviews soon with those who have traded rural/suburban lifestyles for an Urban one!


Rita Leal July 16, 2015 at 9:00 pm

Hi Tina.
This new blog looks so nice, with gorgeous photos, as always.

I’ll be moving to CPH next month. Can’t wait to visit all the places you guys recommend in both blogs. 🙂

Best wishes for We are Urbanites.


Tina July 16, 2015 at 10:40 pm

Thank you so much! I wish you the absolute best with your new move!! Let me know if I can be of any help!


Rita Leal July 22, 2015 at 9:07 pm


Thanks. 🙂

I just sent you an email offering my help in Lisbon. 🙂


Jannike July 17, 2015 at 4:20 am

Great idea! I grew up in the suburbs of NYC and was so happy when I finally moved to a city. Have lived in Albany, NY, Manhattan, Copenhagen, Rio and now Montreal. I am a diehard urbanite but love the countryside for brief visits. It’s the suburbs that make me crazy.


Kelleyn July 17, 2015 at 7:25 am

Love the new sight which seems a natural developement for the both of you. How is it that after following you all these years that I didn’t know your name was Valentina. It has been fun watching your evolve over the years. Either you have really found who you are or your guys are kind of like Chamelons. I do miss a little bit of the Moroccan Tina and Jack. Have really enjoyed the video clip! Congrats on your new blog.


Andrea July 17, 2015 at 8:46 am

I’m looking forward to reading your new blog. We moved about a month ago from suburban Seattle; where I was used to bears and deer in my backyard, to a flat in central London where I listen to cars whizzing past every minute and have to walk over to the park 4 times a day with my dog. It has been a very hard adjustment, even though I love having so much close at hand!


Victoria July 18, 2015 at 1:21 am

Congratulations on the birth of your new blog! It looks great and I already know I’ll be an avid reader.


Georgianna August 20, 2015 at 10:05 pm

I love this!!! Very exciting and looking forward to following along!!


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