From the Netherlands to the UK to Kazakhstan: Ersatz Expat

14 November, 2013 09:27  Erin Erin

Ersatz Expat snow I am a 30 something global soul, a perpetual expat. I was born in the Netherlands to a Dutch/Irish Family. Since then I have lived in Norway, Nigeria, Turkey, Venezuela. I went to school and university in the UK and settled there for some years, married an English man and had very normal English life for a while.

Then we decided to have an adventure and took our children and the dog to live in Kazakhstan. Life as a 21st century expat is very different to my life as a child; we have mobile telephones, the internet and skype so the world is a much smaller place, but some things remain the same. There are things you cannot buy away from home, normal everyday things you suddenly hanker for or cultural expectations that lead to strange situations. This blog is about how we muddle through daily life as expats in Astana and how things have changed from the adventures of my childhood.


De France (Savoie) au Japon puis Hong Kong: Voyagista

28 October, 2013 09:46  Erin Erin

voyagista Fushimi Inari Kyoto japan

Je m’appelle Amélie, je suis originaire de Savoie que j’ai quitté pour aller vivre au Japon où je suis restée 7 ans et où j’ai rencontré mon mari néo-zélandais. Nous habitons désormais depuis 3 ans à Hong Kong et avons deux garçons. Mon blog s’intitule Voyagista, c’est un blog de voyage avec beaucoup d’articles sur l’Asie mais aussi sur nos escapades dans le reste du monde. Je partage avec vous mes bonnes adresses, mes expériences, mes itinéraires et mes belles photos.

1. Pourquoi êtes-vous partis à l'étranger ?
Je suis partie travailler au Japon dans le cadre d’un VIE (Volontariat International) par envie de partir à l’aventure et découvrir le monde. La durée du contrat était de 18 mois mais j’y suis restée!


From Italy to the Philippines: Filippine - ora vivo qui!

14 October, 2013 10:55  Erin Erin

This talented Blogger presented his interview in both English & Italian! Read the English interview first with the Italian interview below.

Filippine  ora vivo qui Hi, my name is Davide, I am 57 years old, born and lived in EmiliaRomagna ( Italy ) and by the end of 2012 I live in a Philippine island with my wife and my son.

1. Why did you move abroad?

When you come to a decision like this normally, the reasons are more than one but if I have to choose the main identify it is the total lack of confidence in the future of our country.


From Britain to Kazakhstan: Diplomatic Dog

10 October, 2013 10:16  Erin Erin

Diplomatic Dog 2 Scruffy Nellie, living in Kazakhstan’s capital of Astana – found on the street by my British diplomatic family.

1. Why did you move abroad?

My owners move every 2-3 years, from one posting to another, so Astana is one in a long line of homes for them.



From the Philippines to Malaysia: Beyond Toxicity Doc Gelo

30 September, 2013 10:19  Erin Erin

doc gelo beyond toxicity Mabuhay! People call me Doc Gelo. I am a licensed General Physician from the Philippines, a Medical Lecturer and a Multi-Award-Winning Blogger. I have been living in Penang, Malaysia for 3 years now.

1. Why did you move abroad?

I woke up one day and decided to move abroad. Kidding! On a serious note, I took a chance of applying to a job posted online to work as a Lecturer in a Medical University in Penang, Malaysia. And guess what? I don’t even know a single thing about Penang back then! My only concept of Malaysia during that time was the iconic Petronas Twin Towers, nonetheless I did not pass up on the opportunity and as they say, the rest is history.


From Oregon to Kathmandu: O'Sullivans Abroad

02 September, 2013 10:16  Erin Erin

O'Sullivans Abroad family Our names are Allison and Jeremiah and we currently live in Kathmandu, Nepal

1. Why did you move abroad?

We moved abroad to teach at international schools and travel as much as possible.  We both love working with children, traveling, and experiencing culture shock (ok, maybe one of us likes this a little more than the other), so this seemed like the best fit for us.

2. How do you make a living?
We work traditional teaching jobs at English speaking international schools.  To get jobs, we’ve attended job fairs in both San Francisco and Bangkok.  The experience has been pretty straightforward and very similar to job fairs in the US, except that you end up abroad!


From England to Thailand: Bangkok Girl

19 August, 2013 10:10  Erin Erin

bangkok girl blog Hi, my name is Anna, I am from England, and I now live in Bangkok, Thailand.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I moved abroad because my boyfriend of six years was posted here by his company. Unfortunately, after we had lived in Bangkok for nine months, my boyfriend decided he no longer wanted to be with me, and he told me that I should return to the UK. This came out of the blue and I suddenly found myself 32 years old, homeless and unemployed. I had to decide quickly how I saw my life moving forward. I had really taken to living in Bangkok by that time, and had made a lovely group of friends. I was then offered a job here, so I decided to stay and make a go of things on my own.


From England to Bali: How to Escape

12 August, 2013 10:32  Erin Erin

how to escape headdressI’m Rachel, I’m from the northeast of England and I moved to Bali nearly 5 years ago. I left the UK to travel and have some adventures, which I did all over Asia, before coming to Bali. I was meant to be here only 10 days but I met my husband within a few days of arriving and after a whirlwind romance we married and now have two children.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I felt like it was time for a major change in my life. I’ve always loved travelling and I had nothing tying me down so I took the plunge to quit my job, sell all my stuff and leave on a round the world trip. I didn’t quite get round the world as it became clear just a few months that Asia was where my heart lay. A short stopover in Bali turned into a month and then 6 months and now 5 years. I’ve left only for a couple of visa runs and a short visit back home after my daughter was born.


From Oklahoma to South Korea: Lost in Travels

29 July, 2013 10:08  Erin Erin

lost in travels tiger After getting hitched to my man, we both started getting cold sweats at the thought of 'settling down'. We wanted something different, something exciting, something adventurous. So we did the only logical thing; sold all of our belongings and moved half way around the world from Oklahoma to teach English in South Korea. Makes sense right? Follow along on our world travel adventures and as we try to figure out newlywed expat life in the land of kimchi and rice.

1. Why did you move abroad?

My husband and I first moved because we wanted something out of the ordinary after we got married. So instead of settling down in our hometown, we packed our bags and set off on an adventure. We currently both teach English to adults.


From New Zealand to Australia to Hong Kong: Mint Mocha Musings

22 July, 2013 09:52  Erin Erin

Mint Mocha Musings news Hi, my name is Nicole...

I was born in the ‘land of the long white cloud’ (aka New Zealand) but as a teenager my family moved across the Tasman (with me kicking and screaming) to the land of sunshine and opportunities, Australia!

Despite my initial objections, it all worked out ok in the sunburnt country… I soon learned to talk the Aussie lingo (Fair Dinkum mate) and never looked back.

1. Why did you move abroad?
After ten years as a Journalist and Newsreader with Australia’s 24- hour news channel, Sky News, I figured I’d inhaled enough high octane hairspray and it was time to do something akin to ‘Carpe Diem.’

Having a husband in hotels made that fantasy a little easier. After putting it out to the universe, Hong Kong came knocking and after a few deep breaths, we upped stumps and relocated from Sydney harbor to the fragrant harbor.


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