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From Cuba to the UK to St. Lucia: The Expat Partner's Survival Guide

30 March, 2015 08:33  Erin Erin

Expat Partner Survival Guides Hi, I’m Clara Wiggins, I am from the UK but I was born in Cuba and I have lived and travelled all over the world. I currently live in the UK but our last overseas posting was in St Lucia – a small speck of an island in the Caribbean. We are currently planning a move to South Africa this summer, where we are all looking forward to seeing as many different wild animals as possible. In particular I am desperate to swim with whale sharks.

1. Why did you move abroad?
When I was a child I moved because of my father’s job. He was a diplomat in the British Foreign Office and his job took us to Cuba, The Philippines, Nigeria, Venezuela, Gibraltar and Cameroon. Later on I joined the Foreign Office myself (after working as a journalist and then some extensive travelling, which included living in New Zealand for a while) and was posted to Jamaica. There I met my now husband and I have travelled with him and our two daughters to Pakistan and St Lucia, with his job.
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From Arkansas to Buenos Aires: The Road Les Traveled

23 March, 2015 10:35  Erin Erin

Road Les TraveledHola! I’m Lesley Murphy, the blogger behind The Road Les Traveled. I’m from Fort Smith, Arkansas, graduated from UGA, worked in Atlanta, D.C., LA, and now call Buenos Aires, Argentina my home. I arrived in 2013 with 2 bags and my sub-par Spanish skills, and haven’t looked back since.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Why not?! I’ve always wanted to live overseas. I honestly just thought the right time would never come, and then I realized that you have to make it the right time. You have to drop everything where you are and just go. My boyfriend took a job in Buenos Aires three months before I moved in with him. Best decision I’ve ever made.
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From Pennsylvania to the UK: Expatrimummy

16 March, 2015 11:42  Erin Erin

Expatrimummy ginny Hi! I'm Ginny Williams, an American by way of Pennsylvania, Virginia, and northern Ohio. I grew up in Lancaster County, PA, went to grad school in Northern VA and lived in Ohio for 13 years before moving to the UK in 2011.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I met my husband in England in 1995 when I was on a 6-month work visa through the BUNAC (British Universities North American Club) program. We were married in the UK in 1996 and lived in Berkshire for just over a year before a company transfer to Ohio, where we intended to stay for 2 years. 13 years, two homes, two kids and two cats later, we moved to southeastern England to be closer to his family and to expand our family's horizons.
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From Massachusetts to St. Petersburg to Shanghai: Pasta Republic

09 March, 2015 09:37  Erin Erin

pasta republic Hey! I'm Maria the (not-so) brilliant mind behind Pasta Republic. I hail from the sleepiest town in Western Massachusetts by way of St. Petersburg, Russia and New York City. At the moment, I'm living in Shanghai, China, within the French Concession.

1. Why did you move abroad?

The short answer? A series of escalating dares involving a night of tequila and greasy Chinese takeout. The longer answer was a hankering to go on an adventure after graduation and a seemingly-random invitation to work in Shanghai. I hadn't planned on moving abroad, but now it feels like the defining experience of my 20s.
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From Indonesia to Turkey: Alanya, Turkish Riviera, Turkiye

02 March, 2015 12:32  Erin Erin

Alanya, Turkish Riviera, Turkiye Hi there! I am Dian from Indonesia. Since April 2005, I live in Alanya, Turkey. So, the now chapter of my life is a Long Vacation in Alanya.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Internet made my dream come true. Through internet, I met my soulmate. He is a Turk. He came to Indonesia to marry me and brought me here. We settle down in Alanya, his hometown.

2. How do you make a living?

I work from home. I am author, ghostwriter, blogger, and graphic & web designer. I do those jobs from home. Until now, I am writing books and my books are published in my home country. My published books are Muslimah Mompreneur, Womenpreneur Checklist, and Best of Turki (duet).
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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.  
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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.
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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.
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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!
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