From Massachusetts to St. Petersburg to Shanghai: Pasta Republic

09 March, 2015 09:37  Erin Erin

pasta republic Hey! I'm Maria the (not-so) brilliant mind behind Pasta Republic. I hail from the sleepiest town in Western Massachusetts by way of St. Petersburg, Russia and New York City. At the moment, I'm living in Shanghai, China, within the French Concession.

1. Why did you move abroad?

The short answer? A series of escalating dares involving a night of tequila and greasy Chinese takeout. The longer answer was a hankering to go on an adventure after graduation and a seemingly-random invitation to work in Shanghai. I hadn't planned on moving abroad, but now it feels like the defining experience of my 20s.


From Utah to Japan to China: The Ruby Ronin

23 February, 2015 10:44  Erin Erin

Ruby Ronin Mary Halloran, from Price, Utah.  Lived in Japan for two years and Shanghai, China for three years

1. Why did you move abroad?

Moving to Japan was a childhood dream of mine.  I grew up watching anime and playing Japanese video games (even self-taught myself Japanese in high school), then gradually fell in love with the culture and history of Japan through my Japanese studies in college.  Roaming the neon streets of Tokyo and traversing the alleyways of Kyoto was more than a trip—it was a life goal.

I moved to China afterwards because I studied Mandarin for a short time in University and fell in love with all those whacky tones.  


From Canada to South Korea: Her X Travels

16 February, 2015 07:16  Erin Erin

Her X Travels Hello, my name is Hilda, some people call me Hils. Back in 2011 I had made the decision to move to Korea to teach English after I had seen multiple job ads about it on my student job board. When I graduated university two years later I did just that. It has been one of the best decisions I have made so far. The people, the food, the sites, I just love. I am originally from Oakville, Ont, Canada (close to Toronto). I am currently living in Dongtan, South Korea (40 min from Seoul). I have two obsessions since being in Korea; Cafes & bubble tea! (More)


From Sweden to Beijing to Cologne: Chasing Linda

19 January, 2015 09:26  Erin Erin

Chasing Linda Hi everyone! I'm Linda, a 20-year old girl from Sweden. In 2013 I moved to Beijing to work as an English teacher and study Mandarin at the same time. I came back home to Sweden in March 2014 for work, but soon I'm off again. This time I'll be moving to Cologne to study German.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I'm not even sure how this happened! I had applied to universities and was accepted at the universities of Aberdeen and Manchester, but somehow I decided to decline both universities. Instead I started looking for ways to travel, but I didn't have much money. Then I came across a non-profit Chinese agency that needed English teachers to come to Beijing to work for Chinese families, so that's how I ended up in Beijing.


From France to Thailand: Phuket 101 Blog

15 December, 2014 13:43  Erin Erin

Phuket 101 Born in France, I started to travel the world in my 20s, from Africa to the Caribbean, from Central America to Japan (one of my favourite countries, I might have been there 16 times), and never stopped until I finally settled in Thailand in the 1990s. For the past 16 years, my passion for photography has taken me to every corner of Thailand where I live today.

1. Why did you move abroad?

I first left France 30 years ago because jobs opportunities seemed already very slim for young people… and jobs on offer appeared to be horribly boring.  So I joined Club Med as a stage designer and happily traveled the world… at the time we were moving to a new country twice a year! How is that for a first experience? (As a stage designer I was very free to go in and out as I pleased).


From Canada to Thailand: Thai Canuck

10 November, 2014 13:09  Erin Erin

Thai CanuckHi, I'm Steve and I am from Canada.  As a Canuck with a last name like LePoidevin and coming from the province of Quebec, most people would assume that I am French. But no, I was born into a totally English family in a totally French province with a name more Francais than that of most Quebecers!  Maybe that was the origin of my global psyche!

My background is in chemistry, mathematics and ceramic arts. Yes, you heard that right! I took a ten-year sabbatical early in my teaching career to work as a full-time production potter.  Over the years, I have also dabbled in magic, publishing, goat farming, writing, music and website development.  I love anything with two wheels and have toured extensively throughout North America with my wife, Nancy, on our 1500cc cruiser.  I have gone through several electric and gas scooters, two trikes and one motorcycles since I moved to Asia seven years ago. After thirty years of teaching several thousand students in three provinces and four countries, I am now retired in Thailand.  These days, I spend my time blogging, building websites and traveling in both real and virtual worlds.


From the UK to Singapore: Singapore Tales

13 October, 2014 09:59  Erin Erin

singapore tales Hi im Bridget, a 40 something wife and mother from the UK, I have been living in Singapore since March 2013.

1. Why did you move abroad?

Hubby got offered the opportunity to work in Singapore and with the kids now grown up it was the perfect time in our lives to make the move. Any how with various children either not moving out and one or another appearing on the doorstep, it didn’t look like they were all going to leave home at the same time, so us parents had to “leave home”.


From USA to Australia to South Korea: American Abroad

11 August, 2014 09:55  Erin Erin

an american abroad seoul I'm Laura and I’m fascinated by the world. I’m fascinated by the people in it and their cultures and religions and definitely by their food. I could happily eat my way around the world, especially if there is cheese and red wine and dark beer involved. I’m in awe of how the more I see, the more I find there is to see.

1. Why did you move abroad?
After graduating from college in 2010, my boyfriend and I headed off for what we thought would be a whirlwind year of travel. We started in New Zealand and accidentally stayed for a whole year. That year in New Zealand opened up our eyes to all of the options we had for traveling and living around the world. So, we headed to Australia where we enjoyed another two years. After three years of living in English speaking countries, we decided we wanted to get out of our comfort zones. Thus, the idea of moving to South Korea was born.


From Peru to Thailand to Brazil to Indonesia: Trendsparadise

09 June, 2014 08:54  Erin Erin

This talented blogger presented his interview in both English & Spanish! Read his English interview first, with the Spanish interview below.

trendsparadise Hello everyone!! My name is Carlos Pastor, Charlie for my friends and a 37 Peruvian guy. I am an expat since 2007, a part in Thailand, another part in Rio de Janeiro, and now I am living full time in Bali, Indonesia.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Let's say that Love is a powerful force to move.



From Germany to China: Selly's World

02 June, 2014 09:07  Erin Erin

selly's little world My name is Sarah but apart from my students everyone calls me Selly. You can also call me 韩香萍 (Han Xiangping), that's my Chinese name. I'm originally from Germany but can currently be found in Wuhan, China.

1. Why did you move abroad?

Many reasons, some of them rather complicated. I moved for love, the delicious food, the language, the scenery, the chance to follow my dream and do something I truly enjoy doing, which is teaching English.


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