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From Arizona to Okinawa: More Things Japanese

26 July, 2012 09:29  Erin Erin

Benjamin Martin more than Japanese Benjamin Martin is from Arizona, USA now living in Okinawa, Japan.  He is author of the YA novel Samurai Awakening coming this Fall from Tuttle Publishing, and recently won the 2012 Kengo Tarumi award for his photography in JTA’s yearly contest.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I’ve been interested in Japan since high school when I took Japanese as my foreign language requirement.  The more I learned about it, the more intrigued I was, yet I knew I’d never really be able to learn the language until I went.  I continued studying through college and applied for the Japanese Exchange and Teaching Programme run by the Japanese government.  I got accepted and after graduation started packing my bags. (More)

   


From Mexico to Jakarta: Stumble Abroad

04 June, 2012 06:43  Erin Erin

stumble abroadMy name is Ana Gaby, short for Ana Gabriela. With a telenovela name like that you can probably tell I come from somewhere in Latin America. I was born and raised in Mexico but by the time I was 23 I had already lived in 5 different countries due to my studies and for work.  I married another global nomad and after 4 wonderful years of marriage, 3 different countries and 2 beautiful boys we currently call The Big Durian (Jakarta, Indonesia) our home.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Love. Sound cheesy? It is, and it’s awesome. I was already living “abroad” working in Washington D.C. at an international organization while my better half was living in Frankfurt, Germany for work. After a few months of traveling back and forth across the Atlantic, he realized he couldn’t live without me ;), we got engaged, tied the knot and I became a trailing spouse after I quit my job and moved to Germany. My husband’s work has us moving every two to three years, so after two years in Frankfurt, and two in Bangkok we are expecting to stay in Jakarta until the summer of 2014. Then, who knows? We might go back to the US, or start a new adventure in a new continent.
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From Canada to China: Tales from Hebei

21 May, 2012 11:45  Erin Erin

tales from hebei My name is Kelly Sandor-Yang.  I’m originally from rural Saskatchewan, Canada, but now I live in a small city in Hebei, China (yes, a few million people is “small” by Chinese standards!).

1. Why did you move abroad?
The short answer is that I was dissatisfied with my job and unsure of what I wanted to do (find a new one, change careers, go back to school).  I basically chose to run away from it all for a year to try to figure it all out.  Then, just to show that life really is what happens when you’re making other plans, during that one year I ended up falling in love with a Chinese man and deciding to stay.  We are now married and building our life together here.
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De Normandie ├á P├ękin: French Man in Asia

07 May, 2012 09:03  Erin Erin

This talented blogger has presented his interview in both English & French! Read his French interview first, then continue to his interview in English at the bottom.

french man in asia Bonjour, Je m'appelle Julien, 28 ans, originaire d'un petit village de Normandie en France mais ayant vécu la plupart de mes expériences à Paris. Je vis maintenant depuis 1 année en Chine, domicilié à Beijing.

1. Pourquoi êtes-vous partis à l'étranger ?
J'ai toujours eu depuis petit le gout du voyage et l'envie de découvrir de nouvelles cultures. Lors de mes différents périples à travers le monde (Australie, Afrique, Malaisie, Indonésie… ) , je rentrais régulièrement avec cette idée qu'il me manquait une partie de la culture et de la vie d'un local. Ayant eu une opportunité professionnelle en 2010, j'ai décidé de sauter le pas l'an passé et d'atterrir dans un grand inconnu, la Chine.  (More)

   


De Espa├▒a a Se├║l: Eurowon

23 April, 2012 10:38  Erin Erin

eurowon spanish Hola. Me llamo Felipe y soy español. Tras vivir en Irlanda durante 4 años y medio, ahora resido en Seúl, en Corea del Sur.

1. ¿Por qué se fue al extranjero?
Principalmente por motivos familiares, ya que estoy casado con una coreana. También me apetecía mucho aprender el idioma coreano, y tener la experiencia de vivir en una gran ciudad asiática.
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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 à 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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