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From Germany to the USA: Share the Love

02 April, 2018 09:27  Erin Erin

Share the Love My name is Kate, I was born in Germany and moved to the States about a year ago. I also lived and worked in Spain, Taiwan, and the UK and I love to see myself as a global citizen with European roots.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
My husband was offered a job in Chicago and we both have been excited to experience another culture and mentality.

2.    How do you make a living?
Back in Germany, I had a career as a Marketing and Business Development consultant. Here in the US, I decided against the constricting corporate world with only few vacation days and decided to take the step into self-employment. I share my experience of being an Expat Partner on my website www.sharethelove.blog and started my journey to become a coach for Expat Partners.

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From the UK to Houston to Hong Kong: What Could Go Wrong in Hong Kong

26 March, 2018 09:13  Erin Erin

Hong Kong GeorgiaHi! My name is Georgia. I am originally from the UK but have also lived in Houston, Texas. I currently live in Hong Kong.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
I graduated from university last summer and, like all graduates, faced the terrifying prospect of unemployment in one of the most expensive cities in the world (London). Having not taken a gap year and not in any rush to slave away applying for graduate programs, I decided to get my TEFL qualification and move to Hong Kong to try something a little different.

2.    How do you make a living?
I am a kindergarten teacher. Teaching had never been something I was that interested in but I absolutely love it out here. In Hong Kong, it is a necessity to speak English so children as young as 2 are taking part in English language lessons. My blog essentially records the hilarious antics of the snot buckets that I teach everyday.
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From Colorado to Fukuoka: Nihon Scope

19 March, 2018 08:58  Erin Erin

Nihon Scope Hello, my name is Nathan Scheer and I am from Lakewood, Colorado and I am currently living in Fukuoka, Japan with my Wife.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I came to Japan in order to experience a proper education of the Japanese language as well as have the opportunity to experience the Japanese culture.

2. How do you make a living?
I make money by helping people with businesses get listed on the top of Google without the use of advertisement. Otherwise called SEO.
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From Morocco to the Netherlands to Germany: Little Origin

26 February, 2018 10:17  Erin Erin

Little Origin GermanyMy name is Essma, I was born in Morocco, moved with my family to The Netherlands in ’85 and in 2014 I moved with my husband and daughter to Germany where we still live. Our son is born here and made our family complete!

1.    Why did you move abroad?
We’ve moved to Frankfurt because my husband was offered a job here.

2.    How do you make a living?
I used to be a primary school teacher in my native country (The Netherlands). Here in Frankfurt it is very heard to continue my work in the same way as I did. The reason for this was that my level of speech has to be C2 and since it’s quite challenging to achieve that, I was forced to find another job to keep myself busy. Now I work as a Dutch Trainer on a freelance base and next to that I work on my blog and love photography.
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From Toronto to Düsseldorf: Life in Düsseldorf

05 February, 2018 08:59  Erin Erin

Life in DusseldorfMy name is Jenna Davis, I am a 26-year-old Canadian expat originally from Toronto, Ontario and now living in Düsseldorf, Germany.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I moved abroad for a reason that many other expats around the world might also be familiar to. I moved for love. I met my (German) husband almost 6 years ago while I was backpacking across South Africa during my very first press trip as an international travel blogger (I’ve now visited more than 50 countries). Two years later, I decided to make the big leap, quitting my marketing job in the city and moving to Germany to see how our relationship would blossom. So far, so good!
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From London to Bulgaria: Bulgarian Slivatree

29 January, 2018 09:21  Erin Erin

Bulgarian Slivatree Hello Everybody,
May I introduce myself? My name is Martin, originally from London and now living a better life in the City of Yambol in Southeast Bulgaria. I have been with my lovely Bulgarian partner Galia since meeting her in 2006.

1. Why did you move abroad?
The main reasons were to escape from the UK and move to a place that suited my ideals. Namely, living economically without being suppressed by materialistic wants and living a life without waste away from a throwaway society. My ideals are akin to the way of life for most Bulgarians in Bulgaria albeit my choice and opposed to no choice for many Bulgarians.

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From Paris to San Francisco: FromParistoSF

22 January, 2018 08:37  Erin Erin

Elena San FranciscoHello, my name is Elena, also known as FromParistoSF on social media. I was born in Paris, France, and I moved to San Francisco, Bay Area five years ago to fulfill a dream.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
My husband and I moved together to the Bay Area because we were sharing a common dream, living and working in the United States. He was the one who got a job here, so it made it easier for us to come. 

Without hesitating a second, we left everything behind us, and decided to fly for the Silicon Valley!
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From London to Toronto: I Spy Pretty Places

15 January, 2018 10:30  Erin Erin

I spy pretty placesVan, I'm from London, England and I am currently living in Toronto.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Originally in search of a different lifestyle with better work-life balance.

2. How do you make a living?
I work in Education. In previous countries I have worked in international schools. In Canada, I haven't found work as a teacher but in a related field.  It's always an adjustment working in a new country. Employment practices don't always match up with what you are used to back home. I've always enjoyed getting to know the families I have worked with and the children have just been amazing. Children are children no matter where they are in the world.
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From New Jersey to France: France, Food, Scooters and More

01 January, 2018 11:38  Erin Erin

Ira France My name is Ira. I was born and raised on a dirt road in rural northern New Jersey surrounded by cow pastures and corn fields marked off by stone walls built when the fields were first cultivated starting a couple of centuries ago. (Yes, there were such places in New Jersey 60 years ago. And there still are!) My wife Cathey, a Texas girl, and I lived in the Lehigh Valley of eastern Pennsylvania for about 40 years before retiring to the small village of Quarante in the rural south of France where we are surrounded by vineyard after vineyard, marked off by stone walls built when the vineyards were first cultivated more than ten centuries ago. Karma.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Cathey and I like to travel. We’d driven around the Lower 48 extensively, visited Mexico a few times, and vacationed in the Caribbean. As we got older, we began to explore Europe. When we turned 50, we started thinking seriously about our retirement. What did we want to do? Travel. Where did we want to travel? Europe. Why not live there? Being from Texas, Cathey had had enough of winters in the Northeast. “I will never shovel snow again!” So we decided on a Mediterranean climate. When we visited the south of France, the region that used to be called the Languedoc but is now Occitanie, we knew we’d found our place. And no snow! Well, a dusting every year or two where we live. But it melts by itself after ten minutes.

2. How do you make a living?
I’m retired…mostly…living primarily on our Social Security retirement benefits. I spent the fifteen years before retirement as the development director for a nonprofit that addresses homelessness and mental health issues. I continue to do a bit of grant writing for them as a telecommuter. And, of course, I blog. Before that, Cathey and I ran a mass-market floral business, selling premade bouquets to grocery stores, minimarkets, and a string of street vendors. But mostly, I’m retired.

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From Spain to Switzerland: Mercedes Catalan

25 December, 2017 08:21  Erin Erin

mercedes catalan I’m Mercedes and I live in Zurich, Switzerland. I am originally from Madrid, Spain, but I have lived also a few years in Sweden and Ireland before moving to Switzerland a few months ago.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Love! My husband found a job in Sweden a few years ago and I saw it as a great opportunity for me to improve my English and continue my studies in Law.

2. How do you make a living?
My husband is the one bringing money home right now. I left my job in Spain as a lawyer and I studied a Master degree in Stockholm. After that, we moved to Ireland and it was very difficult for me to find a job there (Irish and Spanish legal systems are very different!!). Now in Switzerland I’ll have to learn German before trying to find a job in my field.
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