Africa


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 the USA to Tanzania: From Tanzania with Love

08 September, 2014 11:01  Erin Erin

From Tanzania with Love Meet Michael and Ashley Leen, residents of east africa, americans by birth, co-bloggers on from tanzania with love.

1. Why did you move abroad?
We moved abroad because we wanted to take the jump and try living in a developing country. We had opportunities to volunteer in parts of Africa and Central America when we were in college, which gave us the first taste of living and working with poor and marginalized communities internationally. Through those experiences, we learned so much about ourselves and the effects culture has that we knew we wanted to do it again, but this time, for the long-term.
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From NYC to Cape Town: The South AfriKhan

18 August, 2014 07:15  Erin Erin

Sarah Khan My name is Sarah Khan, and ever since I moved from New York to Cape Town, South Africa, I've given myself an alter ego: The South AfriKhan.  

1. Why did you move abroad?
It's pretty cliché at this point, but who cares — I came to South Africa on vacation, fell in love with Cape Town and with a guy here (in that order), then married him and moved here a year later.
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From the USA to China to Tanzania: Peeps From Abroad

24 October, 2013 08:01  Erin Erin

 Peeps From AbroadI'm Jessie Bryson. Starting in college, a lot of friends gave me the nickname Jessbo, or J-Bone (oddly, this was before any part of my name had any B or O in it....still haven't figured out why!). Hence my blog address, www.jessbopeep.com. I grew up in the U.S., in Northern California, and spent some time in Los Angeles and New York before moving abroad to Guangzhou, China in 2010. I was back in the states for a bit in 2013 (Washington, DC) and as of summer 2013 I call Dar es Salaam, Tanzania home.
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From Puerto Rico to Egypt: Caribbean Girl in Cairo

05 August, 2013 08:55  Erin Erin

caribbean girl in cairoHi! I am Caribbean girl and I was born and lived almost all my life in the small island of Puerto Rico. I am currently living in Cairo, Egypt.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Sometimes I am still surprised that I am living in Egypt. I moved because, well, it is very funny actually but really cheesy too! I fell in love with a local and pretty much my fate was sealed after that. I never imagined that Egypt was going to be my new home. The decision was not easy because I didn’t have a job offer and I was leaving everything to go to this new country, it made it even harder. Not to mention all the differences in culture, religion and customs. Being the crazy and adventurous person that I am I made the decision and I moved. I have not regretted my decision. Is been the best experience ever! (More)

   


From Australia to Ghana: Six Degrees North

03 June, 2013 14:16  Erin Erin

six degrees north family My name is Chrissie, and I’m the wife to Bill and mum to three great children; Cecily (11), Lillian (9) and Jock (6). We moved from Newcastle, Australia to Ghana. While Bill has been in Ghana for over 2 years, the children and I moved here January 2012. For the first year here, we lived on a mine site in a town about an hour and a half drive from Kumasi; the second city of Ghana. Since January this year, the children and I live in Kumasi during the week for school, and see Bill on the weekends.

1. Why did you move abroad?
My husband and I are both geologists and we had lived and worked in Canada before our children were born; and we had always been interested in living in Africa but the opportunity never arose. Fast forward several years later; with 3 children including a daughter fast approaching high school; we knew it was a now or never moment. Bill left his job working for the government and went back to industry. The job was a fly-in/fly-out job; first in Zimbabwe and then Ghana. It was a bit of a risk, as we were basically hoping his employer would agree to an expat position. Luckily they did. Fifteen months after Bill arrived in Ghana, we moved. Why Africa in particular, I’m not actually sure. I guess it gave us a feeling of great opportunity, to see a very different culture and standard of living; both of which we thought invaluable for our children to experience too. I think a lot of people feel an intangible attraction to Africa, it carries some pretty idealized notions. And Ghana we knew was a very stable, English speaking country. But nothing really can prepare you for living here.
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From the USA to Kenya: One Trailing Spouse

27 September, 2012 09:02  Erin Erin

One Trailing Spouse Hi, I'm Emily.  I'm a writer, reader, traveler, and trailing spouse from the U.S. My husband and I met as Peace Corps volunteers in Vanuatu (in the South Pacific).  After he and I had worked for a few years and gone to grad school, he was offered his dream job.  I left my [albeit crappy] job to follow him on his career path.  We're currently living in Nairobi, Kenya.

1. Why did you move abroad?

The short answer: for my husband's job.  The longer answer:  he and I have both spent quite a bit of time abroad (as students and as Peace Corps volunteers).  We enjoy living in foreign countries and so we were excited when he got his current position, which involves a lot of international travel and the potential to live abroad.  When he got the chance to work in Nairobi, we were very excited.
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From California to Cameroon: C’est La Vie

12 July, 2012 09:10  Erin Erin

Krystina Nguyen cameroon I’m Krys and I’m currently living in Cameroon while working for the US Peace Corps.  Though I love it here, there’s no place I love more than where I’m from, California.

1. Why did you move abroad?
My three biggest passions in life are business, travel, and public service, thus, they led me to serving with the US Peace Corps. By living as local, the travel experience becomes an unparallel cultural exchange where one can really cultivate mutual understanding.  I’m pretty lucky that I get the option of living abroad.
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From the UK to Johannesburg: Chickenruby

25 June, 2012 10:38  Erin Erin

chickenruby Hi I’m Suzanne, known by more people as ChickenRuby. 40, mother of 3 Aged 13-20, step mother to 2 aged 22 & 24, eldest profoundly disabled.

SAHM, not by choice, laws of the country.

Relocated January 2011, 3 older kids remained in the UK, couldn’t get them a visa (never considered it actually).

1. Why did you move abroad?
Back in September 2010 Hubby took a call out of the blue asking him if he fancied working in South Africa….how could we say no?
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From the Netherlands to London to Morocco: Beyond Marrakesh

26 April, 2012 09:14  Erin Erin

beyond marrakech Camel kisses Hi, my name is Danielle and I am from The Netherlands. I grew up in a famous Dutch cheese town named Gouda until the age of eleven when my family moved to London. After England I also found a wonderful temporary home in Italy and now I am living with my partner and daughter in Morocco.

1. Why did you move abroad?
As a child I’ve always been surrounded by curious things from around the world. For business my father travelled a great deal and I remember being fascinated with the exotic images on the postcards he sent from far places. My parents also liked to travel and a we spent long summers in France and Spain. As a young adult I travelled a great deal and I’ve always known that I would one day settle down in a country where its culture would fascinate me and where I would find inspiration for my creative ideas.
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