From Sweden to Beijing to Cologne: Chasing Linda

19 January, 2015 09:26  Erin Erin

Chasing Linda Hi everyone! I'm Linda, a 20-year old girl from Sweden. In 2013 I moved to Beijing to work as an English teacher and study Mandarin at the same time. I came back home to Sweden in March 2014 for work, but soon I'm off again. This time I'll be moving to Cologne to study German.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I'm not even sure how this happened! I had applied to universities and was accepted at the universities of Aberdeen and Manchester, but somehow I decided to decline both universities. Instead I started looking for ways to travel, but I didn't have much money. Then I came across a non-profit Chinese agency that needed English teachers to come to Beijing to work for Chinese families, so that's how I ended up in Beijing.
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From England to Ontario: Full of Beans (and Sausage)

12 January, 2015 04:21  Erin Erin

english girl Canadian ManHi there! My name is Holly Nelson, I am originally from sunny England! I
moved to Hamilton, Ontario (Canada) permanently in January 2013. I am
delighted to have been given the opportunity to write about my experiences for BlogExpat!

1. Why did you move abroad?

I moved abroad for my high school sweetheart. He moved to Canada at the age of nineteen and we lost contact until we were twenty-seven, it took a matter of days to decide we were still in love and I was clearly going to
have to move to Canada!
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From England to Egypt: MrsMahmoud

22 December, 2014 14:19  Erin Erin

MrsMahmoud egypt My name is Mrs Mahmoud and I am British woman married to an Egyptian man and we live in Dahab in South Sinai, Egypt.

1. Why did you move abroad?

I first came to Egypt on holiday in 2006 and I really fell in love with Dahab. I returned in 2010 and this time I fell in love with an Egyptian man.  I came back to Dahab a few times to see him, and then I moved here in May 2012 and we got married in Cairo in February 2013.  
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From France to Thailand: Phuket 101 Blog

15 December, 2014 13:43  Erin Erin

Phuket 101 Born in France, I started to travel the world in my 20s, from Africa to the Caribbean, from Central America to Japan (one of my favourite countries, I might have been there 16 times), and never stopped until I finally settled in Thailand in the 1990s. For the past 16 years, my passion for photography has taken me to every corner of Thailand where I live today.

1. Why did you move abroad?

I first left France 30 years ago because jobs opportunities seemed already very slim for young people… and jobs on offer appeared to be horribly boring.  So I joined Club Med as a stage designer and happily traveled the world… at the time we were moving to a new country twice a year! How is that for a first experience? (As a stage designer I was very free to go in and out as I pleased).
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From England to Spain: This is Alicante Life

08 December, 2014 09:17  Erin Erin

alicante life My name is Sarah Berenguer and I am originally from Great Yarmouth in Norfolk, England.  I currently live in Alicante city in Spain and have been here for 10 years now.

1. Why did you move abroad?
My dad was born the old town in Alicante and moved to England when he was young, but he never taught me Spanish or spoke to me about the culture as I was growing up.  I was curious as I got older so decided to take evening classes while working in London to learn the language.  I went on holiday a few times to Alicante and enjoyed my visits, especially one particular time during the local fiestas of San Juan, or also known as Las Hogueras.  I had no ties to London (apart from a fantastic job in a design team renovating luxury hotels) and I decided to take the plunge and try living here.  I set myself up with a job before moving over and as soon as I arrived enrolled in a language school to learn as quickly as possible.
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From New Jersey to Turkey to New York: Bended Brains

01 December, 2014 11:57  Erin Erin

Bended Brain My name is Jeremy Bender, and I am currently living large (or at least attempting to) in Astoria, New York.

I was originally from New Jersey, and I spent the first 21 years of my life there. My family were all big travelers, so I was inspired to see as much of the world as I could. So far I have lived in two countries and traveled to another ten or so, but I still get constant wanderlust.

I blogged about my time abroad, as well as on random musings, over at bendedbrains.com. I hope to see you there!

1. Why did you move abroad?

I always knew I wanted to move away from New Jersey for some length of time, after having lived there almost continuously for the entirety of my life. In college I studied Middle Eastern studies with a focus on Turkey, and I was fortunate enough to receive a Fulbright grant upon graduation to go live in eastern Turkey for an academic year.
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From Germany to the USA: Live Work Travel USA

24 November, 2014 13:12  Erin Erin

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Hi, I'm Dan and I grew up in a small town in Southern Germany near the Lake of Constance (Bodensee).

In 2005 my wife and I started our American journey and we settled down in Charlotte, North Carolina – the Queen City.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Living in the USA has been a dream of mine ever since I experienced the American life during a 3 month stay in San Francisco back in 2004. A year later my wife got a job offer in Charlotte, NC and we decided to take this big step and follow our dream. We were young and the opportunity was too good to pass on. We had nothing to lose.
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From Mexico to India to the USA: A New Life Wandering

17 November, 2014 09:17  Erin Erin

A New Life Wandering Mani is a girl in her twenties with a name from India but born and raised in Mexico City. In 2008 she met her soul-mate (an American) while traveling in India. She blogs about travel, food and photography as well as her personal unpredictable experiences, attempting to seek a simpler life, wandering around the world, and surrendering to God.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I’ve moved abroad a few times. The first time was for college (Mexico City to London). The second time was to follow my heart, my soul-mate to the USA. Then we moved together to India where we had quite an experience, and we are currently back in the USA.
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From Canada to Thailand: Thai Canuck

10 November, 2014 13:09  Erin Erin

Thai CanuckHi, I'm Steve and I am from Canada.  As a Canuck with a last name like LePoidevin and coming from the province of Quebec, most people would assume that I am French. But no, I was born into a totally English family in a totally French province with a name more Francais than that of most Quebecers!  Maybe that was the origin of my global psyche!

My background is in chemistry, mathematics and ceramic arts. Yes, you heard that right! I took a ten-year sabbatical early in my teaching career to work as a full-time production potter.  Over the years, I have also dabbled in magic, publishing, goat farming, writing, music and website development.  I love anything with two wheels and have toured extensively throughout North America with my wife, Nancy, on our 1500cc cruiser.  I have gone through several electric and gas scooters, two trikes and one motorcycles since I moved to Asia seven years ago. After thirty years of teaching several thousand students in three provinces and four countries, I am now retired in Thailand.  These days, I spend my time blogging, building websites and traveling in both real and virtual worlds.
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From Cotswolds to Maryland: Desperate English Housewife in Washington

03 November, 2014 08:25  Erin Erin

UK Desperate Housewife in USAClaire McGill from the lovely Cotswolds, England and now living in Columbia, Maryland, USofA.

1. Why did you move abroad?
The decision to move to the USA wasn’t based on the fact that we thought the grass would be greener; we simply wanted to water, smell, walk on and nurture a different type of grass for a while. Our philosophy is that change is good, opportunities are meant to be taken, and a little bit of excitement, risk, and the unknown are tonics for the soul and for relationships.

Plus, I had a nagging fascination with things like Glee, Miami Vice, Fame, The Wire and Desperate Housewives and I kind of wanted to see if any of it is true. (Between you and me, some of it is).
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