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 Maryland to Germany: Haustiere und Menschen

09 February, 2015 22:20  Erin Erin

Haustiere und Menschen Hello world, my name is Andrew.  In April of 2014, I  moved to Germany with my wife, Julie,  and our two dogs (Bella and Duffy).   Our lives were forever changed in November of 2013 -  when I proposed to Julie at Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida.  The week after our engagement she was offered a position to move abroad to Germany. We planned our wedding in thirty-two days and were wed in Baltimore, Maryland.  Some logistical errors delayed our move, but we took advantage of the situation and vacationed in Costa Rica for a week before we found our new home in Homburg, Germany.

1. Why did you move abroad?

My wife was offered a contracting position in Germany. Of course, our only caveat was to ensure our dogs could expatriate with us - flying in the cabin, not in doggy cargo.  When Julie first told me about the job, my immediate response was, “absolutely, let’s move.”  Why…?   I firmly believe that if an opportunity to relocate abroad presents itself, take advantage of it - become immersed in another culture, challenge yourself, travel, and embrace new experiences.


From the USA to Austria: American in Vienna

02 February, 2015 09:06  Erin Erin

american in vienna Hi everyone! My name is Michelle and I am from the United States, but I am currently living in the awesome city of Vienna, Austria with my husband.

In my free-time I like to share my findings and discoveries of Vienna in my blog, ''American in Vienna.'' I'm a foodie fan, so many of my posts are food reviews of recommended restaurants as well as cool places to check out in the city, while other posts are of personal insights I have about living abroad.

1. Why did you move abroad?
My husband. We met through friends and wanted to be together for the remainder of our lives. I always wanted to live and work in a foreign country so things fell into place and I made the decision to move to Vienna.


From England to Colombia: Honestly Cali

26 January, 2015 08:28  Erin Erin

Honestly Cali My name is Marie and I am half French half British but grew up in England. I have been living in Cali, Colombia for four months now.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I moved abroad primarily for professional reasons as I had just finished a Masters in Environment and Development, focusing on issues in the Global South and, in this field, it is quite important to get experience in the field so I thought it was better to do this while I didn’t have any ties or mortgages to pay back in Europe! Then again, I chose Colombia because I have lived here before and my boyfriend is from here, so it made it much easier!


From England to Ontario: Full of Beans (and Sausage)

12 January, 2015 04:21  Erin Erin

english girl Canadian ManHi there! My name is Holly Nelson, I am originally from sunny England! I
moved to Hamilton, Ontario (Canada) permanently in January 2013. I am
delighted to have been given the opportunity to write about my experiences for BlogExpat!

1. Why did you move abroad?

I moved abroad for my high school sweetheart. He moved to Canada at the age of nineteen and we lost contact until we were twenty-seven, it took a matter of days to decide we were still in love and I was clearly going to
have to move to Canada!


From England to Egypt: MrsMahmoud

22 December, 2014 14:19  Erin Erin

MrsMahmoud egypt My name is Mrs Mahmoud and I am British woman married to an Egyptian man and we live in Dahab in South Sinai, Egypt.

1. Why did you move abroad?

I first came to Egypt on holiday in 2006 and I really fell in love with Dahab. I returned in 2010 and this time I fell in love with an Egyptian man.  I came back to Dahab a few times to see him, and then I moved here in May 2012 and we got married in Cairo in February 2013.  


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 England to Spain: This is Alicante Life

08 December, 2014 09:17  Erin Erin

alicante life My name is Sarah Berenguer and I am originally from Great Yarmouth in Norfolk, England.  I currently live in Alicante city in Spain and have been here for 10 years now.

1. Why did you move abroad?
My dad was born the old town in Alicante and moved to England when he was young, but he never taught me Spanish or spoke to me about the culture as I was growing up.  I was curious as I got older so decided to take evening classes while working in London to learn the language.  I went on holiday a few times to Alicante and enjoyed my visits, especially one particular time during the local fiestas of San Juan, or also known as Las Hogueras.  I had no ties to London (apart from a fantastic job in a design team renovating luxury hotels) and I decided to take the plunge and try living here.  I set myself up with a job before moving over and as soon as I arrived enrolled in a language school to learn as quickly as possible.


From New Jersey to Turkey to New York: Bended Brains

01 December, 2014 11:57  Erin Erin

Bended Brain My name is Jeremy Bender, and I am currently living large (or at least attempting to) in Astoria, New York.

I was originally from New Jersey, and I spent the first 21 years of my life there. My family were all big travelers, so I was inspired to see as much of the world as I could. So far I have lived in two countries and traveled to another ten or so, but I still get constant wanderlust.

I blogged about my time abroad, as well as on random musings, over at bendedbrains.com. I hope to see you there!

1. Why did you move abroad?

I always knew I wanted to move away from New Jersey for some length of time, after having lived there almost continuously for the entirety of my life. In college I studied Middle Eastern studies with a focus on Turkey, and I was fortunate enough to receive a Fulbright grant upon graduation to go live in eastern Turkey for an academic year.


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