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De Costa Rica a SeĂșl: Desde SeĂșl

19 September, 2011 09:02  Erin Erin

desde seulMe llamo Elías Molina, tengo 21 años y soy originario de Costa Rica (en América Central). Desde hace más de 1 año y medio resido en las afueras de Seúl, la capital de Corea del Sur.

1. ¿Por qué se fue al extranjero?
En mi país de origen, participé para una beca para realizar los estudios de bachillerato en una universidad en Corea del Sur. Luego de varias semanas de papeleo, y entrevistas, y alrededor de 2 ó 3 meses de espera en silencio, me notificaron que había sido elegido, y que tenía que volar a Corea dentro de 2 semanas. Por lo tanto, actualmente y por unos años más estaré realizando mis estudios universitarios en este país.
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Von Deutschland zu Kuala Lumpur: Ein Neues Leben in Malaysia

08 September, 2011 09:57  Erin Erin

fishing village Malaysia German Mein Name ist Conny Sandland ich bin Deutsche und lebe jetzt in der Nähe von Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

1. Warum bist du ins Ausland umgezogen?
Wir hatten schon lange den Wunsch in einem anderen Land zu leben. Gründe dafür waren zum einen das schlechte und kühle Wetter in Deutschland, die hohe Steuerlast, allerdings auch die typisch schlechte Laune und Schwarzmalerei der Deutschen.
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From Chicago to Kathmandu: The Kathmanduo

25 August, 2011 10:11  Erin Erin

kathmanduo mtns Hello! Our names are Claudine and Brian, but feel free to refer to us as the Kathmanduo.  We’re just two Type-A go-getters who traded life in Chicago’s corporate skyscrapers for expat adventure on the Roof of the World: Kathmandu, Nepal.

1. Why did you move abroad?

Faced with a crossroads in life, Claudine yearned to return to her passions for Asia and international development work. Brian longed for…well, anything but corporate law. Seeking the simplest, most obvious solution, we decided to move to Kathmandu, where Claudine spent a summer doing research in college and as newlyweds we honeymooned in bliss. Except for that one food poisoning incident.
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De Nice Ă  PĂ©kin: Et pendant ce temps lĂ  Ă  PĂ©kin...

08 August, 2011 09:24  Erin Erin

peking french Je m'appelle Marion, j'ai vécu 8 ans à Nice avant de m'envoler pour Pékin.

1. Pourquoi êtes-vous partis à l'étranger ?
Après le bac (il y a 10 ans de cela) mon rve était de partir vivre un an à l'étranger, seule. Mes rêves portaient alors sur l'Amérique du Sud. Et cela n'a pas pu se faire à ce moment. Puis ensuite le temps passe, on va à la fac, on rencontre un petit ami avec qui on s'installe, on obtient son concours... Le train-train quotidien nous emporte et on se dit qu'on est finalement pas fait pour l'aventure et la vie à l'étranger. Et puis par hasard je suis tombée sur les postes de résidents offerts par l'AEFE (agence pour l'enseignement du français à l'étranger qui gère les établissements scolaires français à l'étranger). Je me suis rendu compte ce jour là qu'il existait de spostes en documentation dans les lycées français. Il y avait cette année là un poste à Zapopan au Mexique! En découvrant ça l'envie est revenue comme par magie et c'était presque devenu un « besoin». J'avais une semaine pour envoyer les dossiers et je l'ai fais et l'idée ne m'a pas lâché. C'était cette année où jamais. J'ai envoyé les dossiers pour les contrats de résidents, sans y croire, et j'ai passé des mercredis entiers à envoyé des candidatures spontanées dans tous les établissements où j'aurais aimé allée (Moscou, Beyrouth, Stockolm, Lima, Hanoï...). Finalement je n'ia pas obtenu de contrat de résident mais j'ai été classé 3ème à Porto ce qui était encourageant!

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From Sydney to Hong Kong: Eclectic Cool

28 July, 2011 09:41  Erin Erin

eclectic cool joanne I am Joanne, a Sydneysider. I own and design the lifestyle label, Eclectic Cool, based in Hong Kong.  I have been living in Hong Kong for 4.5 years with my family: a husband, 3 kids and a dog.   

1. Why did you move abroad?
I moved to Hong Kong as my husband was doing a lot of travelling from Sydney all around the world chasing great business opportunities. A move to Asia meant that he was closer to the action and the travelling was easier. I was also keen to develop my business ideas in Asia.
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Di Padova in Thailandia e Malesia: Worldoscope & Mondoscopio

18 July, 2011 09:09  Erin Erin

fabio mondoscopeThis talented Blogger presented his interview in both English & Italian! Read our first Italian interview below and check out his English & Italian blogs.

Mi chiamo Fabio, sono nato a Padova. Attualmente vivo nel sud est asiatico, la maggior parte del tempo tra Thailandia e Malesia.

1. Perché ti sei trasferito all'estero?
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From Singapore to Tokyo: Lioness in Japan

11 July, 2011 10:57  Erin Erin

lioness japan bike My name is Yu Ming and I’m from the Little Red Dot, also known as Singapore. I moved to Tokyo in Oct 2006 and from being just a “trailing spouse”, I’m running my own online business, Beauty Box, an online store that sells Japanese beauty products and supplements to the US and Canada.

1. Why did you move abroad?
My fiancé got a job with an Australian software company that needed someone to head up their Tokyo office. He moved there eight months before I did to have a feel for the place and to make sure he really liked the job. Once he decided it would be a permanent location for us, he asked me to move to Japan, so I quit my job, packed my bags, and flew over.
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From Los Angeles to Shanghai: Shanghai Shangrila

27 June, 2011 10:26  Erin Erin

An American couple in Shanghai each share their journey. Read about their individual perceptions of being an expat. Tiffany's story is first, with Mike's story below.

 

shanghai shagrala boat My name is Tiffany Hynek and I’m from Los Angeles, California in the United States. I am currently living in Shanghai, China.

1. Why did you move abroad?
My boyfriend, Mike Finstad, and I had lived in Los Angeles for over five years and we were ready for a new adventure. We both wanted to try to move to China to gain international experience in a country that is growing so quickly. Being an architect, I was intrigued by not only the amount of building, but also the amazing historical architecture in China.

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From South Africa to Korea: Claudia and Oliver’s Korean Adventures

09 June, 2011 09:32  Erin Erin

oliver claudia korea I am Claudia and Oliver is my boyfriend. We have been dating since November 2004.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I had been nagging and nagging at Oliver, telling him that I needed to get out see the world. At the time Oliver was working as a photographer at a car magazine (a fantastic job which made him reluctant to leave) and I had just finished my honours at University (which made ever fibre of my body want to leave). I applied for an international scholarship and the day I didn’t get it I was devastated. I marched up to Oliver, who was busily working on photos and merely told him that I was going to teach English in Korea or work as a UN Volunteer and I hoped he would come with me. Without waiting for a response I turned my heels in the other direction and went to sulk. After about fifteen minutes, Oliver slinked into the room and with a smile on his face said “let’s do it” and that is how one of our most amazing journeys ever began!

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From London to Seoul: Smart Travels

19 May, 2011 10:30  Erin Erin

Travel Smart kimono My name is Catharine and I’m originally from the UK (I grew up in London). I spent 17 years living on Reunion Island, a French island in the Indian Ocean, and for the past three years I’ve been living in Seoul, South Korea.  The blog title comes from my surname : Smart.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I originally went to Reunion Island as a student on my year abroad, went back there temporarily “for a year or two” and ended up staying 16 more years!  I came to Seoul with my French husband in 2008 when he got a job posting here.

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