Welcome to the Expat Show!

Since I started writing this blog, a number of interesting things have happened to me. I was asked to be part of the Human Library, I’ve had several job offers, my ramblings have been used in someone’s thesis, and I’ve discovered that a ridiculous amount of people out there search for naked Latvian men and ladies every day.

But the other day, I got a message that really blew my mind – yep, even more than the people who search for ‘mammies sexy’ and ‘a women with eyes of an ex tray’ and somehow end up on my virtual doorstep.

So here it is:

Hi Linda,

I am casting producer for an American television show about people buying homes abroad. I came across your blog and wanted to reach out to see if you might be interested in participating in an episode of our show.

House Hunters International tells the story of people who have picked up and moved to an exotic foreign location to pursue a new life abroad. Being on our show is a lot of fun for our participants and is a great way for them to document their search for a new home.

We are casting people who have already bought/rented a home or are currently looking for a home in a new country. If you or anyone you know meets these qualifications please don’t hesitate to contact me.

I look forward to hearing from you!


Rebecca Kurland


At first, naturally I think, I felt insanely flattered. Then I noticed the name of the company – Leopard Films. Hmm, was this all some elaborate ruse based on my feelings about leopard print? But no, the website exists and seems genuine.

So, of course, I did what any shy and retiring Irish girl would do. I turned it down. Partly because I don’t think cameras following me would be particularly entertaining viewing for anybody, and partly because of the word ‘exotic’. It’s not the first word that springs to mind when I think of Latvia. Erotic, maybe, based on some of the search terms I get, but exotic?


As close as I want to get to the Hollywood lifestyle. (I wouldn’t mind getting a little closer to Johnny Depp though…)

Plus, a lot of Latvians are quite horrified that I share my views on the internet, so I can only imagine what having me on their TV screens would do to them…

And so, I’m opening the floor to all of you lovely readers, who I’m sure live far more glamorous and TV-friendly lives than I do. If you’re interested, or if you know somebody you think might be, feel free to email the lovely Rebecca.

It sounds like a fantastic opportunity, but this expat is far more comfortable behind the scenes.

About BerLinda

Adjusting to life in Germany, after living in Latvia for four years. Should be easy, right?
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74 Responses to Welcome to the Expat Show!

  1. Leopard films … had so much potential.

  2. OMG, I love that show and would love to see the housing market in Latvia! I would totally do it, if only I could move somewhere exotic (I believe my definition is much broader than yours).

  3. archecotech says:

    I got a very similar e-mail about 2 months ago. I shared it with my wife, who looked at me horrified. That was all it took, turned it down. Actually worked in LA with those who are in the film industry, Thinking about it I move overseas to get away from that kind of cr_p so, know it was the right decision.

  4. Jealous. A couple of years ago we were plotting a 2 year move to Pueblo, Mexico with Mrs. G’s work. In our search for an apartment, we contacted House Hunters International (big fans of the obviously stage show) and they never responded. Our dreams of those 15 minutes of fame died and the move never happened.

  5. Jude says:

    Is it safe to visit?

    • Expat Eye says:

      I’ll let you know next week when I move in! Had a bit of a panic about it all last night and considered staying in this place but gave myself a stern talking to πŸ˜‰

  6. lafemmet says:

    I got the same message two years ago. Different lady, same company. I love the show and was so excited at the prospect. We were even looking at houses in Serbia at the time. I even chatted with a lady in NYC for about 30 in on the phone talking logistics. Long story short. it never happened, But, I did find out you only make about a thousand bucks, it is shot in three days. and of course you probably know the rest. it is all very reality show staged. Even though it is the same plot every time. I still like seeing homes around the world. heck, I still like checking out friends homes here in Serbia. It’s fun. and exotic in a non-raunchy way. πŸ˜‰

  7. Haha! I’ve having a devilish time finding someplace that will work for me for the next few months in Jakarta but certainly wouldn’t expose all my whinging and pickiness to a TV audience. So yup – with you on turning down. πŸ™‚

    Speaking of odd offers.. I’ve already been asked to do a voice over in Jakarta for an agency’s pitch project. Say what??

    • Expat Eye says:

      Ooh, I’ve got one of them coming up as well! First I have to edit it and then record it! I’ve done a couple of short ones before but this one is an hour-long instructional video on packaging – I think πŸ˜‰ You may as well give it a go! It’ll be a bit of fun if nothing else! They just needed a native English speaker?

  8. look at you! all famous and stuff. fun! i’ve never seen the show, but it’s pretty big in the states. we know 2 couples who moved from the US to brussels that were on it. apparently, it’s awfully inconvenient…the choosing of the homes is staged and the waiting to move in for filming is annoying. so, good move on your part…from what i’ve heard.

    • Expat Eye says:

      Yeah, I just want to get the whole thing over with as quickly as possible! And I’m an awful actress – and I get cranky if someone points a camera at me πŸ˜‰ Supposed to have a ‘viewer’ traipsing through this flat tonight – we’re on Latvian time though as they’re late. But I made sure the place smells of a nice home-cooked dinner – beans on toast πŸ˜‰

  9. Jo says:

    Great great great ………….. Hey Linda ! I wrote them and lets see what will happen ……….. but in case …………. they won’t be disappointed ………….as your blog is already quiet expressif about Latvia’s descriptions πŸ˜€ ahhhhhhhhhh LATVIA ………….” If you don’t see it, you don’t believe it, and when you see it, you can’t believe it either” πŸ˜€

  10. Pecora Nera says:

    It would make a great episode, tell them yes but ask for lots of moooonnnneyy

  11. Haha that’s pretty cool! I love House Hunters International, but it would be a bit odd to actually participate in it.

  12. Jude says:

    And by same, I naturally mean safe!

  13. Jude says:

    What do you mean your new neighbourhood isn’t same? Get on this show and get them finding you an exotic, leopard themed house!

  14. Ah, that was a very tempting proposal, but I’d turn it down too. Gee, i don’t even like being photographed much, and actually speaking to the camera… I’d better climb somewhere high and hope to not die from fright πŸ˜‰
    But this made my mind rolling, and I’ve already pictured you in some leotard or similar number showing TV viewers around some pink apartment πŸ˜€
    Oh, by the way, I wanted to share with you some pictures from the apartment which was on sale a few years ago and which went literary viral our here, and which could shame that pink one you’ve come around to dust. Just go for the pictures, and you might find yourself surprised to learn that pink walls are like nothing πŸ˜‰ http://www.lrytas.lt/-12627733631261527206-kriz%C4%97s-apimtoje-rinkoje-ir-keturi%C5%B3-kambari%C5%B3-butas-su-fontanu-vilniuje-nuotraukos.htm

  15. Mr Kev says:

    Leopard films does sound rather like an “exotic” TV company. Maybe that’s why they wanted someone in Latvia… porno shoes, leopard print, etc etc

  16. pollyheath says:

    Interesting! I got this e-mail as well at the start of the summer — they must be running out of locations if they’re talking to people in Russia/Latvia. I really love watching House Hunters International, and I’m not sure I want it to be tainted by huge Soviet blocs.

    • Expat Eye says:

      I’d never heard of it before but I can’t really imagine anyone thinks of Russia or Eastern Europe as exotic! Still, you never know I guess!

  17. bevchen says:

    Ooh, how flattering! I probably would have turned it down as well though. Being on TV for all the world to see? No thank you!

    “A women with eyes of an ex tray” conjures up some odd images…

    • Expat Eye says:

      I know. Most of the time I can kind of figure out what people are trying to say but this one is a mystery to me! πŸ™‚ Yes, I wouldn’t fancy being on TV either. Too much time in the gym to prepare for a start πŸ˜‰

  18. 1WriteWay says:

    It would only be worth it if they could promise to help you get the flat of your dreams πŸ˜‰

  19. Oh, how exciting! Even if you’ve had to turn it down. Something like this happened to me a few months ago, and I didn’t go for it either, but it sure is nice to be considered. Your blog’s really working for you in so many different ways, it’s all very heartening πŸ™‚

    • Expat Eye says:

      It’s nice not knowing what’s going to happen! Some days it’s people giving out about stuff, other days you get the chance to be on TV! All very exciting πŸ˜‰

  20. gina4star says:

    That is very flattering, exotic, erotic leopards aside. Think I’m the same as you though, much more comfortable behind the scenes. Also, is it really horrifying that you share your views on t’internet? Haha, I am soooo intrigued to see Latvia after reading your blog! πŸ™‚

    • Expat Eye says:

      Ha ha, some people think it is. LV would be a bit of a culture-shock for you after Mexico I think! There’s definitely a TV show in that! πŸ™‚

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