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.


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.


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?


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.


From Wisconsin to Morocco: Memoirs From Morocco

19 March, 2012 09:32  Erin Erin

morocco memoirs jaime brown My name is Jaime and I’m originally from Kenosha, Wisconsin. I spent a few years living in Los Angeles before I moved to Morocco so I’m kind of like a West Coast-loving, mint tea-sipping  Cheesehead. And I love glitter.

1. Why did you move abroad?
It’s a pretty unique story, actually. I was working as a production manager for music videos, commercials and television and after a while it became less and less fulfilling. I wanted to be doing something different and living my life without being forced into the tiny bubble known as Hollywood. One day while visiting a friend, I saw a copy of the Quran on the bookshelf and I picked it up.  Turns out, I couldn’t put it down.


De Montbrison à Dakar: Canal Dakar

05 March, 2012 14:52  Erin Erin

charles henry thoquenne canal dakar Charles-Henry, un quart de siècle depuis peu, originaire de Montbrison “ville passion” et installé à Dakar depuis un peu plus d’un an.

1. Pourquoi êtes-vous partis à l'étranger ?
Atteint d’une voyagite aiguë depuis l’âge de 20 ans, il me paraissait évident d’aller travailler à l’étranger dès la fin de mes études. Non pas pour fuir la France, mais plutôt pour trouver autre chose, vivre autrement dans un contexte différent, être confronté à de nouvelles situations. Après deux stages en Arabie saoudite et en Inde, je me sentais prêt à aller vivre (presque) n’importe où. Pas vraiment de pays de préférence, j’ai attrapé la première opportunité qui m’a plu, ce fût le Sénégal. (More)


From London to Cape Town: Expat-ish

19 January, 2012 10:27  Erin Erin


I am Yvonne, a very muddled mixture of Polish, British, South African with a little Norwegian thrown in. My last place of residence was London, UK and I now live in Cape Town, South Africa.

1. Why did you move abroad?  
We were living a perfectly OK life in London, UK. And then we were offered the opportunity to live a potentially excellent life in Cape Town, South Africa. We felt that Cape Town could offer us a better work/life balance and more family life. And, to the surprise of some, we felt it was a better place to bring up our two children (now 2.5 and 4.5). We had to at least try. So far, so good.


From Kansas to Johannesburg: Joburg Expat

10 November, 2011 10:27  Erin Erin

joburg family safari I’m Sine, also known as Joburg Expat among my fellow expats and bloggers in Johannesburg, and I moved from Kansas to South Africa last year together with my husband and four children, where I’ve learned to look forward to “This is Africa” moments every day because they give me such great writing material.

1. Why did you move abroad?
My kids ask this question all the time. They think the answer is that we just like to be cruel parents, though I suspect that if we announced we’re moving back tomorrow, some of them would be seriously disappointed. If I said the real answer is my husband’s job, that wouldn’t tell the entire story. There are so many other good things about living in South Africa for our family.


From Colorado to Rabat: Rock The Kasbah

26 September, 2011 10:14  Erin Erin

rock the kasbah famHey I'm Marie and I've moved with my husband Craig and our kids Sky, River, Jade and Ember from Colorado to Rabat, Morocco.

1. Why did you move abroad?
We want to give our kids a global perspective.  We want them to appreciate being an American and what better way than to totally deprive them of the American way of life for two and a half years?  Oh and we thought they should try some authentic Moroccan couscous and what better way right?


From Harare to Johannesburg: Ebony Delights

18 August, 2011 10:28  Erin Erin

ebony delights My name is Samantha. I am from Harare, Zimbabwe and I am currently living in Johannesburg, working in Bloemfontein, South Africa. I’ve been here 3 years and changed jobs twice (this is my second job). I am enjoying the pace of this country.  

1. Why did you move abroad?
I just moved across a border not abroad but to answer your question frankly I was tired of the power cuts and waking up at 5 to prepare for a work. I did it for a solid month and got even more ticked off by something at work- late pays and one woman wanted to control me. I got so fed up that when I got my pay that month end I got on a bus and came here with no cell phone and one pair of shoes. I left a lot of stuff behind. It was a good decision. I buy now new shoes almost every month instead of a few times a year.



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