Témoignage: La vie d'expatrié en Inde au temps du coronavirus

20 April, 2020 12:00  Expat Interviews Expat Interviews a décidé de recueillir les témoignages d'expatriés confinés aux quatre coins du monde.
Voici une carte postale "de confinement" en provenance de
Gurgaon, en Inde.

Gurgaon, Inde à la fin mars 2020 -

Avez-vous songé à rentrer en France (ou dans votre pays d'origine) ou avez-vous décidé de rester dans votre pays d'expatrié ?

Les règles de l’ambassade de France en Inde sont assez claires : pour l’instant, ils organisent le rapatriement des touristes et autres voyageurs de courte durée. Les résidents sont invités à rester, sauf problème de santé bien particulier. Du coup, je n’ai pas trop pensé à partir. Je ne sais même pas si la France rapatrierait mon Indien de mari aussi !

Et puis il y a un décalage de l’épidémie entre l’Inde et la France. Alors que la France se confinait, on regardait ça de loin ici. Maintenant que c’est notre tour on rigole un peu moins. C’est sûr qu’au niveau des infrastructures sanitaires, l’Inde n’arrive pas à la cheville de la France, mais, vu de loin, la cheville de la France ne me tente pas non plus en ce moment. Smile Résultat : pour l’instant nous restons, notre vie est ici. (More)


Testimony: Expat life in Thailand, during the COVID-19 crisis

20 April, 2020 12:00  Expat Interviews Expat Interviews has decided to collect testimonies from expatriates experimenting the effects of the Covid-19 crisis in their host country.
Here is a "confinement" postcard from Josh in Thailand.

Josh and his bike -

Have you thought about coming back to your country or have you decided to stay in you expat-country?

My wife and I have decided that it’s better to stay in our current country (Thailand) because, frankly, I think we’re doing better here than if we were to return back to the United States where we’re from.

For any expat family, there’s the idea of “coming back” is a big deal. It involves changing schools for the kids, moving all your stuff, etc. It’s not a decision we take lightly.

What sort of measures are in place in the country where you live? Is it a total lockdown? Partial? How is the population reacting?

In Thailand, we’re in a partial lockdown that includes a curfew every night. Some parts of the country (Bangkok and Phuket) are experiencing stricter lockdowns, but in other areas including Chiang Mai, it’s much less stringent.  (More)


Testimony: Expat life in Bali during the COVID-19 crisis

16 April, 2020 15:17  Expat Interviews Expat Interviews has decided to collect testimonies from expatriates experimenting the effects of the Covid-19 crisis in their host country.
Here is a "confinement" postcard from Mike in Bali.

Inside a shop in Bali during the lockdown -

Have you thought about coming back to your country or have you decided to stay in you expat-country?

We have a property in Bali and family here, so going back to Australia was not really an option. We would have to stay with family if we went back to Australia, which would be nice, but not knowing how long this will last, that wouldn't be a great situation.

Bali's health care is limited so that is a worry of course so it means we need to be extra vigilant about protecting ourselves from the virus. (More)


From Australia to Bali: BaliExpat

10 February, 2020 11:01  Erin Erin

Bali Expat My name is Mike and I am originally from Australia, but now living in Bali.

1. Why did you move abroad?
After my first trip overseas to Japan as an exchange student, I knew I wanted to travel as much as I could. So, as soon as I finished university, I moved to Japan and like many new graduates, I taught English and studied Japanese.

2. How do you make a living?
My background is in IT, so when I discovered I could make money building websites, that is what I did. We have some rooms we rent out on Airbnb and after we had kids my wife went back to university and studied  to become a lawyer, where she now has her own legal practice.


From San Francisco to Tokyo: Survive in Japan

27 January, 2020 13:29  Erin Erin

Save JapanMy name is Thomas. I was born and Raised in San Francisco, California and I am currently living in Tokyo, Japan.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Ever since I was little, I was always interested in Japan because I used to read a lot of manga and watch anime.
When I saw that there are a lot of English teaching jobs available in Japan, I decided to try applying and was able to actually land one.

2. How do you make a living?
In the beginning, I worked as an ALT (Assistant Language Teacher) for a year in Tokyo. After a year, I switched jobs to a software engineer, which is what I actually majored in, at a Japanese company, which is where I still work at today.



From the UK to Malaysia: The Stay Abroad Dad

09 December, 2019 08:14  Erin Erin

I am Dave, I'm originally from the UK and now I live in Malaysia with my wife Ruth and our two young children.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
In 2010, (our pre-kids days) we took the opportunity to leave the recession behind and go and work in schools in South Korea for a year. It was brilliant but we both agreed it would be a 12 month thing and we would return to the UK afterwards to pick up our careers where left off. We both had good jobs but we always had itchy feet because of our time in South Korea. In 2018, an advert for a job in Malaysia unexpectedly appeared in my wife's spam email folder. She jokingly said 'should I apply for it?'. We'd both had a pretty terrible day at work and felt like we needed to do something whilst the kids were young and before we fall into the trap of going 'through the motions' of everyday life. So, a few interviews and car boot sales later, we said our goodbyes and got on the plane!


From the UK to Hong Kong: Afaranwide

09 September, 2019 11:24  Erin Erin

Afranwide We’re Colin Simpson and Sue Brattle and we run the Afaranwide travel blog. We’re from the UK and have been married for nearly 25 years. We’re both journalists, and worked on national newspapers in London for many years.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
Twelve years ago we felt it was time for a change, and we wanted to experience life in another country. We’d always loved travelling, so it seemed a natural step to take. We went to Dubai first and had spells in Saudi Arabia, the US, the Seychelles and France before going to Beijing. We moved from there to Hong Kong four years ago.


From the USA to China: China-Mike

08 July, 2019 11:37  Erin Erin

China MikeI’m “China Mike”, the guy behind the website. I’m from the United States but have spent significant years in Hong Kong and traveled to many other parts of China.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
Man, that was so long ago it’s hard to remember! I think I initially moved abroad for the adventure. Life in the US seemed too…planned out. You get a job, you marry somebody, you take a vacation one or two weeks out of the year and then you retire. I wanted something different.



De Rennes à Osaka au Japon: MycrazyJapan

29 May, 2019 08:00  Expat Interviews Expat Interviews

MycrazyJapanEmmanuel, originaire de Bretagne (Rennes !) et j'habite maintenant à Osaka, dans la région du Kansai

1. Pourquoi êtes-vous parti à l'étranger ?

Je suis parti au Japon avec l'objectif d'apprendre le japonais par moi-même et d'en apprendre plus sur la culture japonaise. Après avoir terminé mes études, je voulais voyager encore un peu avant d'entamer une vie professionnelle probablement peu intéressante en France !


From Italy to China to Malaysia: Monkeyrockworld

20 May, 2019 12:01  Erin Erin

Monkeyrockworld I'm Marco, from Voghera, a small town near Milan in northern Italy. I have been living in China in 2007, and on Penang island, Malaysia, for the past decade. I have, more or less, sustained myself as a freelance writer ever since.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
I couldn't stand living in Italy anymore. It was 2007, Berlusconi was in power, the job crisis about to start, and the brain drain in full swing. At that time, I had been playing in a punk hardcore band, the Nerds, for 10 years, touring as far as the United States and the farthest reaches of Europe.

I tried making it as a musician or a music producer, attempted a move to the United States, failed, and went back to Italy to work at a friend's bar for one umpteenth summer. In that time, serving coffees and lattes made me really think and focus of what I truly wanted to do, which was to live a full and adventurous life. I came to the conclusion that the only real skill I had was being able to speak several foreign languages, and looked into teaching English abroad as a possibility and a learning experience.

I found a job in China as Italian teacher just a couple of weeks later. Everything seemed too easy, serendipitous and irresistible to say no, so I embarked on a real adventure, without any knowledge of the Chinese language, nor any real interest in Asia. After ten years, a move to Penang in Malaysia, and having visited over 60 countries in the process, I think it was the best decision I could ever make.



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