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From Australia to Taipei: Typing to Taipei

31 October, 2016 10:07  Erin Erin

Typing to Taipei Hi everyone! My name is Monica and I’m an Aussie expat who now lives in Taipei, Taiwan. I moved here early last year, so now I’ve been here around one and a half years. I run a website called TypingToTaipei.com, a one-stop Taipei guide for events, travel, art, design and lifestyle.
 
1.    Why did you move abroad?
My first stint as an expat was in 2012, when I moved to Oita, in Kyushu, Japan to be an English language teacher on the JET program. I stayed there for two years and it was one of the most enriching experiences of my life. However, it was during this time that I started to question whether I really wanted to become a full-time primary school teacher when I returned back to Australia.

As I am sure a lot of expats will empathize with, being abroad made me reassess a lot of things in my life, and essentially, what I wanted from it. In the middle of trying to work out what I wanted to do next, I took a quick trip to Taiwan. It sounds almost too whimsical, but I honestly felt something so special about this country that I couldn’t shake even weeks later. I didn’t have any other concrete plans, so I thought I could try to find an opportunity to deepen my understanding of Taiwan. After some research, I found out that I could study here as a Mandarin language student, and even get a scholarship to support me financially. It all seemed to fit together because not only did I already love studying languages, I wanted more than anything to keep exploring the world. I guess I’m quite an erratic person because I moved half a year later, and here I still am!

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From Grenada to the UK to Peru: Pelican Tales

24 October, 2016 09:37  Erin Erin

Pelican TalesI'm Danielle, 30 years old, and from the small island of Grenada in the Caribbean. After 12 years living in the UK (Manchester and London), I now call Lima, Peru home.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I first moved away from home to the UK to study. I went to the University of Manchester and then lived in London working in the charity and NGO sector. I've always wanted to travel to South America, but didn't know how to make it happen. Then out of the blue my finance's company offered him a transfer to Lima, so we decided to make the move for a new adventure.
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From NYC to Geneva: Natural Girl, Unnatural World

10 October, 2016 08:23  Erin Erin

Natural Girl, Unnatural World My name is Ashleigh Anderfuhren.  I’m a 31-year-old newlywed and first-time traveler from New York City, living in Geneva, Switzerland for 15 months.  I also recently added ‘Blogger’ and ‘CELTA Certified English Teacher’ to my resume.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I always had a strong desire to travel, but before I had the chance to satisfy that desire, I decided to move abroad to be with my husband.  At the time, only love could have made me move to a country I’d never been to before.2.

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From Portugal to the Netherlands: Amsterdive

03 October, 2016 08:30  Erin Erin

Ana Martin in Amsterdam I’m Ana V. Martins, a Portuguese actress (and all-around creative) who moved from Lisbon to Amsterdam, almost 5 years ago.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I guess the migrant gene was always in my blood, really. Since I know myself I felt Portugal was not my place, I felt an urge to explore other geographies, so my initial plan was to work here and there, experience life in different countries, before I settled.

My next stop would be Berlin. But I fell in love with Amsterdam so I thought ‘why look further?’. I had found my home. Unlike most people I didn’t choose my current home for work reasons. I prioritized other sorts of affinities. Personally, feeling identified and comfortable with the place I live in, is the most important of all.
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From South Africa to Ireland: The Thompsons Excellent Adventure

26 September, 2016 07:57  Erin Erin

Dublin Thompsons My name is Garreth Thompson I hail from South Africa, Johannesburg more specifically. I now live with my wife and three kids in a small sea side village called Bettystown in County Meath, Ireland.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
At its most basic we were looking for a more stable upbringing for our children. But at the same time it’s more than that. As a human race we don’t favor change very much, there is a whole world out there ready to be explored but we tie ourselves down to a place and a job and live our lives out never really experiencing anything else. So this is our way of having an adventure and exploring the world around us. Will be here forever? I think not!!  but for the moment we are happy and settled. There is still far too much to see and do here.

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From Canada to the Czech Republic: Beyond Prague

19 September, 2016 07:30  Erin Erin

Kevan czech republic My name is Kevan, I'm orignally from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Since 2004, I have been living and working in Brno, Czech Republic.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
Partly romantic reasons, partly career change and partly just to get some fresh perspectives on life.

2.    How do you make a living?
I work as an English teacher. Generally, I enjoy it and the constant opportunities it brings to meet new people.

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From Australia to Canada: Hayley on Holiday

12 September, 2016 22:02  Erin Erin

Haley on holiday I am Hayley, an Australian expat currently living in Vancouver, Canada. I call Townsville in Australia home, although I have also lived in Brisbane and Melbourne in recent years.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
I have always been interested in living in another country, but it wasn’t until 2013, when I was struggling with both work and life that I decided to take the leap. There was no particular reason behind my moving abroad, it was more just a “why not” situation. I returned home at the end of 2014, then decided to return to Canada in mid-2016.
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From Norway to Luxembourg to Norway: Repatriateme

05 September, 2016 22:05  Erin Erin

Repatriate me I’m Unni Holtedahl, blogging as The Repat. I’m from Norway and I now live in Norway again as from August 2016 after 11 years in Luxembourg!

1. Why did you move abroad?
My husband’s job took us to Luxembourg in 2005. It was a good time to have an expat experience as we had a toddler and a baby on the way (born one month after we moved!). Originally we wanted to stay 3-4 years, but ended up taking one more year and then one more...like many expats do in Luxembourg. Life there is in general easy and comfortable.

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From London to Brussels: La Petite Rose à Bruxelles

29 August, 2016 08:15  Erin Erin

la petite rose a bruxelles Hi, I’m Charlotte Rose (La Petite Rose à Bruxelles), I’m from London and I am currently living in Brussels with my boyfriend James. I moved to Brussels in January 2016 and James moved last September. This is James’ second expatriation and my first.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
The opportunity to move to Brussels arose when James moved with work. Before he accepted the job offer, we decided that I would also move. I had a few months notice on my work contract hence I joined a little later.

2.    How do you make a living?
I work in law and I was able to secure a job within six weeks of living in Brussels. Before I moved to Brussels, I did some Google research and met up with a career advisor. Things were looking bleak. There were jobs but nothing that suited my background. I was so busy with finishing up at work and moving that I put my search on hold.

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From the Netherlands to Macedonia: Living Abroad

22 August, 2016 08:05  Erin Erin

Lise Skopje Hi! My name is Lise and I was born and raised in the Netherlands. It has been 2 years ago, when I moved abroad to live in the capital of Macedonia, Skopje.

1. Why did you move abroad?
This sounds so cheesy, but I moved abroad for love. I met my boyfriend in 2010 on the island of Corfu. After three years of having a long distance relationship, I quit my job and packed my stuff to live in Skopje with him.

2. How do you make a living?
The first year I was unemployed, which was nice. I could get used to my new surroundings and meet a lot of new people. I found a job in a Dutch textile company, near Skopje. After a couple of months I got a better job offer and the opportunity to work something in my own field of expertise. Now I work for a Dutch software company, which has an office in Skopje and in the Netherlands. I am the only Dutch person in the company, all my co-workers are Macedonian. Even my boss from the Netherlands is actually half Macedonian. But I think I’m lucky to have found a good job here in Skopje.
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