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From the USA to Budapest: Travels With Myself

25 March, 2019 09:18  Erin Erin

Travels With Myself  Gary Budapest“Call me Ishmael.”

I always wanted to say that. OK, my name is Gary Lukatch. During my first life of 56 years in the USA, I lived in eight states, from Wisconsin to California, from Georgia to Nevada. So when people ask me where I’m from, I don’t know what to tell them; I suppose I’m really from anywhere and everywhere.

Anyway, I lived the life people of my generation were taught we were supposed to live: university, white-collar job, marriage, children, nice house, two-car garage, chicken in every pot, etc, etc, etc., ad infinitum, ad nauseum. And it was a good life overall. Like Jimmy Buffet says, “Some of it’s magic and some of it’s tragic, but I had a good life all the way.” But too often it seemed there was something missing. I found out what was missing was Budapest, Hungary, where I’ve lived since 1999.

1.    Why did you move abroad?  
As an avid reader all my life, I always wanted to visit the places in the world that I read about.  I wanted to ride a camel up to the pyramids, watch the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, see the Taj Mahal at sunrise. The itch was always there.

Plus, I watched my country during the 1990s gather speed toward becoming a place where I didn’t want to live any longer. The writing on the wall seemed obvious to me (and BOY, have those prophecies come true!).

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From the UK to Oman: Tony Walsh

11 March, 2019 07:31  Erin Erin

Tony Walsh Hi – I’m Tony, one of millions of Tony’s from around the world. I was born in west London, England,  and that city was the focus of my life until I moved to work in Oman. I lived in Muscat, Oman, and lived there and in Saudi Arabia and the UAE for three decades.

1.    Why did you move abroad?     
It was a natural step from working in England where, though I had a good job, I felt restricted in how I could develop the business; I guess I was a candidate for being self-employed but didn’t know it.

2.    How did you make a living?
Like many people who have become an ExPat, I have done a variety of jobs. Initially, I worked in the same business as I had done in England, retail. I managed BHS (British Home Stores – similar to JC Penny in the USA) in Saudi and private retail business in Oman.

I then took the plunge and set up my own business in Oman, again in retail where I had a perfume and cosmetics importer, wholesaler and retailer. Along with perfumes I also managed the Disney store franchise ‘Disney Corner’ until Disney closed all their franchises in the Middle East. Operating a ‘bricks and mortar’ store meant that I was impacted by all the changes in Oman’s economy, one year it shrank by 20% due to oil price drops.

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From the UK to Canada: The X Pat Files

25 February, 2019 09:42  Erin Erin

The X Pat Files Juliet Sullivan, from Brighton, UK, living between Brighton and Vancouver

1.    Why did you move abroad?

Because of a boy, of course! Not really… but my husband did grow up in Canada, and that was a big factor in our decision; we wanted to give our kids the kind of upbringing he had had – in an outdoorsy, young, progressive, clean country. Another factor was my 14 year old daughter, who was going through teenager-type stuff, including not conversing with us for about a year, so we wanted to get our family into more of a family-type environment. I love Brighton (where we are from) but at the time, the daughter was mixing with some questionable types (specifically a boy who, shortly before we left Brighton, was featured on the front page of our local paper as having received the most criminal convictions in the area in the past year!) So.. basically, we went for a better family way of life. And we found it, as the daughter flourished, and became open and happy (after the initial period of homesickness).
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From Romania to Italy to the UK: While I breathe, I hope

07 January, 2019 08:32  Erin Erin

While I breathe, I hope My name is Cristina G. (G. comes from Gherghel). I was born and raised in Romania during the Ceausescu’s communist regime. I lived in Italy for 10 years. At present, I live in the UK.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
I first left my country in 2000 and moved to Italy to learn the language and to escape a sealed destiny.
In 2014, I moved to the UK to improve my English.

2.    How do you make a living?
While in Italy, I have had many jobs: waitress, factory worker, office employee, assistant to director.
In the UK, for almost four years (the first years), I worked as a trilingual call analyst. In March 2018, I resigned from this job to follow my childhood dream which is becoming an author.
Now I am a full-time writer, although I cannot say that I earn a living from my books yet. To sustain myself and keep pursuing my dream, I do casual work for various companies.  
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From Australia to Andorra: Jase Rodley

01 October, 2018 07:39  Erin Erin

Jase AndorraI’m Jase from Adelaide in South Australia. I now live in Andorra (in Europe) with my wife and son.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
My wife and I never intended on moving abroad. After getting married in Adelaide (we were both born there) we took a 3 month backpacking honeymoon, mostly through Europe, then flew on to Canada for what was meant to be a 9 month working holiday.
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From the UK to Shanghai: Expat Financial Guy

17 September, 2018 10:15  Erin Erin

Expat Financial Guy Hello! My name is Rob and I am an English expat, living in Shanghai. I have been in China since 2008.

1.    Why did you move abroad?

After years of corporate life in the UK, I was feeling jaded and decided to look for some new and exciting opportunities. At that time, I had no ties and it was easy to uproot and go anywhere I chose. My location of choice was Canada, but, while I was waiting for my immigration visa to come through, I took the chance to visit China, completely on a whim, to learn some Mandarin. I’d never had any interest in visiting China or learning Chinese before that random thought popped into my head, but I just went with it.

And I am glad I did, as it was here that I met my future wife and so ditched the Canada plan and ended up staying in China!
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From California to Japan: West Coast to Far East

03 September, 2018 07:27  Erin Erin

West Coast to Far East A documented journey of relocation from Hollywood, California to the Japanese countryside. From the move, to getting settled, to the subsequent adventures that take place. I’ll offer my insights on the culture, raising children, challenges and the beauty of Japan. We hope to expose some of the beauty and hidden treasures of this part of Japan.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
I never planned to raise kids in Los Angeles, and suddenly I had two – and they were growing fast. They loved the Japanese countryside when we visited, and with my wife having family there it just made sense to do something great for the kids and embrace an amazing new life experience.

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From the Philippines to China to Saudi Arabia: Ten Thousand Strangers

27 August, 2018 08:41  Erin Erin

Ten Thousand StrangersI am Noel Cabacungan from the Philippines but I'm currently an expat here in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. I've been here since 2011 but my expat career began in China in 2006. I go by many other nicknames in several internet forums but you can easily recognize me as the stormtrooper running the blog Ten Thousand Strangers.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
Moving to Saudi Arabia has never been a part of any of my plans. How I ended up working in this country remains a mystery to me. I can still remember myself saying I won’t lay a foot in this country even if it’s the last country I can go to for employment. Which is why when I was looking for overseas jobs I can apply to several years ago, I would always skip applying for jobs based in this country.
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From France to Thailand: Phuket101

20 August, 2018 06:45  Erin Erin

Phuket101My name is Willy Thuan, I’m French, born in France a very long time ago but I have spent more time in Thailand than I did in France. I share my time between Phuket and Bangkok since 1994.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I probably was mistakenly born in France. While I think France is beautiful and fun to visit on holiday, I realized very early in my life that I didn’t belong. It took me a while to find an opportunity to start travelling seriously, but once I did, I knew I was never coming home. I found many good reasons to live in Asia and not many to go back to France.

2. How do you make a living?
I worked for Club Med as a stage designer for few years, travelled the world a lot until I reached Asia. My plan was to settle and work in Japan but economy was not great over there, so I decided to find a temporary job in Thailand. I started as a resort host in a luxury hotel in Phuket. My salary was tiny but I was really happy.

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From Texas to Australia to Germany: What the Blog?

13 August, 2018 10:09  Erin Erin

what the blog germany Hi! I’m Anika. I grew up in a suburb northeast of Houston, Texas, but moved out when I turned 18. I lived in Austin for university, studied abroad in Melbourne, Australia (where I got bit by the travel bug), and moved to San Francisco with my degree in hand and a job with Americorps to start my career. Since then, I’ve lived in Austin (again), Washington, DC, and currently, Mainz, Germany. I love to travel, although the arrival of my 2 sons (now 5 and 2.5) has slowed it down a little. I love writing, and wanted to make sure I kept a log of my favorite travel memories –hence, the blog!

1.    Why did you move abroad?
My husband and I had both really wanted to live abroad “someday”. We were both on the job market, and he got his ‘dream’ job in Mainz, Germany. I figured I could make something work, and that it may be our best chance at living overseas. We didn’t own a house, have kids, or have much debt. We still had (have?) a sense of adventure and wanting to explore Europe. We didn’t speak German, but we were up for the challenge!

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