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From Honolulu to Yokosuka: With Aloha from Japan

16 April, 2012 10:48  Erin Erin

With Aloha from Japan couple Hi there!  My name is Shannon E. and I was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii.  After high school, I lived in Washington State for five years, Northern California for eight years, Hawaii again for another three years and now I have the amazing privilege of calling Yokosuka, Japan my home. 

1. Why did you move abroad?
My husband and I had long discussed moving to Japan in order to advance his career (he is a civilian with the U.S. Navy), to allow me to take a break from mine (I was an employment attorney), and just to start our lives as husband and wife together on our own, without too many outside influences.  So when my husband got the job here in Japan, it was really a no brainer for us and he accepted immediately.  Shortly after he accepted the job, the earthquake/tsunami hit Japan and for a little bit we were unsure what was going to happen, but once the U.S. State Department gave the all clear, we stuck with our plan to move and I think it was the best decision we ever made!
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De Paris Ă  Singapour: Paris-Singapore

05 April, 2012 08:14  Erin Erin

gardens singapour Enoa, pas encore 30 ans, français né à Paris qui a émigré à Singapour il y a près d’un an

1. Pourquoi êtes-vous partis à l'étranger ?
Autant par goût du défi que par envie de voir autre chose. Après 4 ans passés dans la même entreprise à Paris j’avais besoin d’un nouveau départ pour ne pas m’enfermer dans une routine qui commençait à devenir pesante. Et surtout pour partir avant qu’il ne soit trop tard, le plus dur ce n’est pas de partir à l’étranger mais de quitter son petit confort quotidien (et au fil des ans il est de plus en plus difficile de partir).
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From Baltimore to India: Hello Talalay

12 March, 2012 10:45  Erin Erin

talalay india James and Sarah Talalay. We’re originally from Baltimore, Maryland USA and currently live in Chennai, India.

1. Why did you move abroad?
We moved abroad for Sarah’s job. She joined the U.S. State Department as a Foreign Service Officer in February 2011 and her first two-year overseas tour started in late June 2011.
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From Belgium to Singapore: Ozawapi

06 February, 2012 11:45  Erin Erin

ozawapi couple We are Florine and Simon, a twenty-something couple from Belgium. Adventurous world wanderers and curious photography amateurs, we love to explore new places and share our stories through our blog Ozawapi.

Our travel addiction really started back in 2004. Travelling Down Under had been in our mind for some time. Freshly graduated, we decided to go for it.

7 years, 4 continents and 35 countries later, we are still enjoying traveling together and are not planning on stopping any time soon. From a little shack in the middle of the jungle in Northern Thailand to the 66th floor of a 5 star hotel in Tokyo, we love experiencing the world in very different ways.
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From Minnesota to Hanoi: Fishsauce, Motorbikes and the Golden Tortoise

23 January, 2012 09:10  Erin Erin

fish sauce vietnameMy name is Hannah and I’ve lived all over the United States, though most recently Minneapolis, Minnesota.  I’ve been living in Hanoi, Vietnam for nearly six months now.  

1. Why did you move abroad?
I had planned to live abroad since I was a little kid.  I had a good role model in my grandmother who lived in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Switzerland as a girl.  Additionally, I’ve lived in eight different US states.  Moving abroad seemed like a natural next step.  My parents weren’t shocked.  They’d sent one sister to study Arabic in Amman, Jordan, when she was 16, the other to study in Germany and me to study in France.  I moved abroad when I did, though, because I hated my job.  I scheduled medical appointments in a call center.  Despite seeming very sudden (I was offered a job and moved here three weeks later), the move was completely predictable.  To sum it up, I guess that I had always planned to live abroad but the decision to leave when I did was spurred by economics as I am going to be paying off student debt till I’m 400 years old.
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From South Africa to Tokyo: Rurousha

12 January, 2012 11:31  Erin Erin

rurousha I refer to myself as Rurousha, a Japanese word that means nomad or wanderer. I'm from Stellenbosch, South Africa; I now live in Tokyo, Japan.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Ten years ago I was a career woman who'd never considered a committed relationship or relocation to another country. Then a mutual friend introduced me to a Japanese man … and that caused havoc in my life. I fell in love with him, stalked him halfway around the world and then fell in love with his country.

2. How do you make a living?
I teach English at university and at a conversation school. I have a Master's degree in linguistics and have always worked with language – as journalist, editor and publisher – so the transition to teacher has been easy and fun.
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From Florida to Hong Kong: Seeking Elevation

29 December, 2011 10:23  Erin Erin

seeking elevation My name is Lisa Harvey.  I’m an American expat, born in Massachusetts and raised in South Florida.  In the past ten years, I’ve lived in Florida, Massachusetts, New Orleans, Venezuela, Kenya, Abu Dhabi, back to Florida, and Hong Kong (where I currently live).  I’m tired.

1. Why did you move abroad?
After I broke up with my boyfriend in 2001, he moved to Egypt.  I thought that was the most interesting thing he’d done  since I’d met him, so I followed him over there.  Some time during that six-week vacation, I fell back in love with him and in love for the first time with life abroad.  We returned to the States so I could get my master’s degree and then took off for good.
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From Greenwich to Beijing: You're Not From Around Here, Are You?

19 December, 2011 08:16  Erin Erin

you're not from around here profile I’m Steve, originally from Greenwich, London but now living in Beijing. We’re currently considering a move south to Chengdu for the winter.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I worked for a bank straight from University. Throughout my twenties holidays and free time were in short supply, so in 2006 I took a sabbatical to travel across Central Asia and loved it. I returned to my old job just in time to take the blame for the financial crisis, and took voluntary redundancy a few months later.

After doing some volunteer work building houses in Costa Rica, I headed south to Latin America. On Christmas Eve in Venezuela I met a Chinese girl travelling alone and we hit it off. We climbed mountains and sailed down the Amazon to the Rio Carnival together, then went our separate ways in Argentina. We met up a few months later in Beijing, and I’m still here. (More)

   


From the USA to Seoul: Asia Vu

08 December, 2011 11:54  Erin Erin

Asia VuMy name is Caroline.  I’m an American living in Seoul, South Korea with my husband and two teenage sons.  My husband and I are both TCKs (Third Culture Kids); our childhoods were spent in Asia and Europe, as well as all over the US. We were thrilled to give our own kids an opportunity to experience the fun – as well as the challenges – of living in a different culture.

1. Why did you move abroad?  
My husband works for a multinational Design/Engineering firm that is doing work in Seoul.
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From the UK to Canada to Vietnam: Saigon- Why Am I Here?

28 November, 2011 09:36  Erin Erin

elka kids Saigon Why Am I Here Xin chao! My name is Elka Ray. I was born in the UK, grew up in Canada and have spent the past 16 years living in Vietnam.

1. Why did you move abroad?
After high school, I backpacked around Southeast Asia for six months. I was 18 years old, blonde, totally clueless, and lucky to have survived! But I loved it. After doing a degree in Journalism and Asian Studies I moved to Vietnam “for one year” as I wanted to learn more about the country. At that time, Vietnam had only recently reopened to foreigners.
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