From England to Spain: The Madrid Guiri

24 April, 2017 08:07  Erin Erin

The Madrid Guiri My name is Nathan Brenville, I’m from England; I’m an artist and I keep an illustrated blog about my experiences in Spain called The Madrid Guiri (www.madridguiri.com)

1.    Why did you move abroad?
My girlfriend is Spanish, we lived for several years in London but Spain became more and more attractive – she missed her friends and, like most Brits probably, I’d always had a desire to live the “Mediterranean lifestyle” – but more specifically Madrid offered me everything I wanted – better weather, cheaper rents, great food, friendly people, and more social habits, while still being a busy, capital city full of life and things going on that I’d become used to from 13 years in London.
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Da Italia a Houston: The Storm and the Rainbow

17 April, 2017 09:35  Erin Erin

Frederica Houston

Ciao! Mi chiamo Federica, in arte Pitu’ e sono toscana (pistoiese di nascita e fiorentina di adozione). Adesso vivo a Houston in Texas, USA.

1. Perché ti sei trasferito all'estero?
Mi sono trasferita 10 anni fa a Londra per lavoro. All’epoca cercavo solo di farmi un’esperienza all’estero di un anno a due, per poi tornare in Italia con un curriculum piu’ forte. Per una serie di fortunati e sfortunati eventi, non sono mai tornata in Italia. Tre anni fa, io e la mia famiglia ci siamo trasferiti qua a Houston.

2. Come ti guadagni da vivere?
Sono una ricercatrice sul cancro e lavoro a MD Anderson Cancer Center.            
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From England to Ireland to Italy: Piemonte Dreams

10 April, 2017 09:41  Erin Erin

Piemonte Dreams Hi, I’m Clare. I moved from Dublin to Piemonte in Northern Italy. I have lived in 5 countries as an adult and am originally from England but certainly, at 42 and having left England at 23, I don’t feel very English, I also got my Irish citizenship last year and Irish passport so am officially Irish, which is a good thing with Brexit looming!  The longest place I have lived was the 14 years I spent in Dublin.  But because of my Dublin experience and all the opportunities it afforded me, particularly in the boom years, I have been able to fulfil my long-time dream of living in Italy.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Over the last 10 years, I, and my partner have been self-employed and have grown our own separate businesses, it was the realisation, three years ago, that with all the wonderful technology at our finger tips it is not actually necessary to live in one fixed place, we can work and service our clients from anywhere with a decent internet connection and similar time zone. So, we decided to bank as much money as possible, and saved hard, by barely going out for two years, to buy a small holding in Italy and we moved here full time in 2016.

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From Georgia to Innsbruck: Dragons and Rockets

03 April, 2017 10:01  Erin Erin

Bridget Innsbruck Hi I’m Bridget and I’m from a small town in south Georgia and I currently live in Innsbruck, Austria.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
My husband was offered a Post-Doctoral position at the University of Innsbruck and we decided to it would be a good opportunity for us to do some traveling and live in Europe.

2.    How do you make a living?
I am a technical assistant for two research in the Department of Ecology at the University of Innsbruck. I was very lucky to be offered an interview as many positions want someone who speaks German fluently or who is from the area.
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Von Bayern nach China: Chinalitis

27 March, 2017 08:49  Erin Erin

Chinalitis Sandra Ich bin Sandra, ein waschechtes bayerisches Madl und nahezu 30 Jahre alt. Vor gut zwei Jahren bin ich mit meinem Mann aus einem 816-Seelen Dorf nach Tianjin, einer der größten Städte Chinas gezogen.

1. Warum hast (bist) du ins Ausland umgezogen?
Vor knapp zwei Jahren schrieb mir mein Mann per WhatsApp, dass eine gute Stelle in Tianjin frei werden würde. Er hätte dort die Möglichkeit drei Entwichklungsabteilungen zu leiten. Eine in Shanghai, eine in Kuala Lumpur und die
Hauptabteilung in Tianjin. Ich hatte mich zu diesem Zeitpunkt zu einer selbstständigen Musiklehrerin etabliert und verdiente auch nicht schlecht. Ich liebte meine Schüler und sie liebten mich. Jedoch war ich immer schon bereit für
Abenteuer und neue Herausforderungen. Also überlegte ich nicht allzu lange und schrieb zurück…“dann ziehen wir also bald nach China, oder?“
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From the USA to Egypt: LiveLearnTravel

20 March, 2017 11:16  Erin Erin

LiveLearnTravelI'm Rachel, expat and blogger from LiveLearnTravel.net. My home is East Coast, USA. I've lived in NYC, the state of NJ, and finally Orlando, Florida from where I moved to Cairo, Egypt almost 2 years ago.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
Although I'd always dreamed of living abroad one day, I never anticipated it would happen at this point in my life. Nor did I imagine my experience would be living in Egypt.

It started with meeting my husband as part of a language exchange. After becoming good friends online we decided to meet in Egypt.  When visiting, I instantly felt comfortable in Egypt and liked it but returned back home with every intention of carrying on my life in the US as normal. However, when my family at home learned of my trip and my relationship with my husband they weren't at all accepting of it.

When you hear stories of people whose families don’t accept their decisions and harm them as a result, you never expect that it could happen to you. But to summarize and without too much detail, the level my family escalated to was unexpected. Feeling it was the best thing to do, my husband agreed that I would move to Cairo to live with him, and here I've been ever since.

2.    How do you make a living?

I made a brief attempt at building a career in Egypt and went on many interviews. It was a bizarre experience in contrast to job seeking in the US. Companies here openly discriminate in the recruitment process and it's not uncommon to see job ads that read like this:
Secretary Wanted, must be female, good looking and presentable, under 30 years old. Applications without recent pictures will not be considered.
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From Australia to India: The White Punjabi Bride

13 March, 2017 10:13  Erin Erin

The White Punjabi Bride Hi my name is Tanya, also known as The White Punjabi Bride and I made the move from Australia to India just over a little over a year ago. I am a lifestyle blogger writing about my journey living as a foreign bride in Punjab and selling ethnic accessories via my site The White Punjabi Bride.
 
1.    Why did you move abroad?
I decided to take a leap of faith and accompany my partner to India. I packed up my house, applied for a tourist visa and took the next flight to Delhi. Everything just fell into place and we decided to marry and have our very own Big Fat Punjabi Wedding. One year later and we are now celebrating our first anniversary. We have decided to live between both our home countries India and Australia.
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From the USA to Singapore: Some People Juggle Geese

06 March, 2017 08:32  Erin Erin

Some People Juggle Geese Hi! I’m Lucy Day. My husband and I are American. We have been living in Singapore since 2008.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
I did a three-month study-abroad program in Italy as an undergraduate, but I was hoping to live abroad somewhere for a longer period. Fortunately, my husband was offered a fellowship at the National University of Singapore.

2.    How do you make a living?
I am currently working as a writer for a local education company. My husband teaches at National University of Singapore and Yale-NUS College.
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From the UK to New Caledonia: Notes from Noumea

27 February, 2017 11:31  Erin Erin

Notes from Noumea Hello everyone, my name is Helen, I am a Brit that has found herself living on the small, French, sub-tropical Island of New Caledonia (Nouvelle-Caledonie) in the South Pacific. My blog, NotesfromNoumea, chronicles my life here on ‘the Calliou’ (as it’s locally known), plotting the achievements, the frustrations and downright hilarities of living on the other side of the world.

1.    Why did you move abroad?

I moved abroad as my partner, Phil, was offered a job with an international organisation. At the time we were both living and working in London and one day he sent me an email asking whether I fancied swimming with turtles, as there was a job advertised on a tropical island. Well who would say no to that? This was the extent to which we discussed the matter until he was actually offered the job, several months later. We were given less than 2 weeks to decide and after a lot of soul searching, emotional torment and frantic googling of ‘expat depression’ I plumped for ‘Sod it – I will regret it if I don’t’. And here I am, two years later, living what was and probably is the best decision I have ever made.

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From Costa Rica to Kenya: Out of Costa Rica

20 February, 2017 11:12  Erin Erin

Out Of Costa Rica Hi everyone! I’m Adri and it’s awesome to be able to do this interview today. I am a 17 year old Costa Rican expat. I post blogs on OutOfCostaRica.com where I talk about my travels and my life as an expat in different countries. Since I was younger I’ve gotten the chance to travel and live in various places and right now I am living in Kenya, in East Africa, and it’s an amazing experience.

1. Why did you move abroad?
My family and I moved to Kenya a little over a year ago and it was because of my dad’s job. He has worked at different NGOs which have required us to move with him around the world. That is why, thankfully, we’ve gotten to visit places like Czech Republic, Dubai, Bangkok and countless other countries.

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