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From Colorado to Rabat: Rock The Kasbah

26 September, 2011 10:14  Erin Erin

rock the kasbah famHey I'm Marie and I've moved with my husband Craig and our kids Sky, River, Jade and Ember from Colorado to Rabat, Morocco.

1. Why did you move abroad?
We want to give our kids a global perspective.  We want them to appreciate being an American and what better way than to totally deprive them of the American way of life for two and a half years?  Oh and we thought they should try some authentic Moroccan couscous and what better way right?
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From San Francisco to San Salvador: What's up El Salvador?

22 September, 2011 09:57  Erin Erin

whats up el salvador family We are Andy, Nanelle and Emme Newbom, and we moved from the San Francisco Bay Area of California, To San Salvador, El Salvador. We are chronicling our life as expats living in El Salvador.

1. Why did you move abroad?

We moved abroad because over the years of coffee sourcing trips (Andy was the owner of
Barefoot Coffee Roasters), we fell in love with El Salvador. My career in Law Enforcement was fun, but definitely not going to move forward, and both of us had developed a love for craft beer, and both of us felt Barefoot needed to get a major investment to grow.

We sold the coffee roasting company, along with our house, our furniture, our cars, our clothes, bikes and everything else that wouldn't fit into 4 suitcases, and I quit my very good job, to come here and start a Craft Beer brewery and source Direct Trade coffee for roasters.!
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From Atlanta to Morroco to Copenhagen: Traveling Mama

15 September, 2011 09:57  Erin Erin

travel tribe My name is Tina, but online I am known as the Traveling Mama.  Our Flying House is quite full with my husband, Jack, and our three kids, Hailey (10), Parker (6), and Landon (3).  We moved to Copenhagen, Denmark a little over a year ago after living in Morocco for three years.  We call Atlanta “home” home because that is where our extended family still lives, but we are most at home abroad.

1. Why did you move abroad?

Originally we began our journey overseas in Spain doing nonprofit work.  Prior to moving to Spain we had gotten married, had a baby, but never bought a house or a new car and lived in rentals debt free.  We were determined to move overseas!  But after living for two years overseas with a baby, we decided we wanted to go home.  So, we went home, bought a house, and started going into debt.  We quickly realized that the “American Dream” wasn’t what we thought it was.  We spent the next two and a half years undoing the financial damage we had done in our first six months back.
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From America to Switzerland to Qatar: Koo • Ki

12 September, 2011 10:24  Erin Erin

koo ki You can call me koo • ki. My real name is a mess; I never know what to call myself. And since moving to Qatar, all sorts of variations have been added to all manner of legal documents. Note to self: always check which name is on the card before signing.

I’m US American born, Swiss immigrated, living in Qatar, where I (currently) have my permanent residence, but I’m writing this in France.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Why not! One cold January afternoon my Swiss husband asked me if I wanted to move to Qatar. It took me less than a second to answer: “Definitely.” Two seconds later, I asked, “Where’s Qatar?” I didn’t know if it was a country, a city or a fantasy.

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From Florence to Stockholm: Don't Look Now

05 September, 2011 09:29  Erin Erin

don't look now valerieHi, I'm Abilene and come from Firenze, Tuscany. Firenze is probably one of the most beautiful cities in the world with art, food, nightlife and a lot of nice stuff but because I lived there almost all my life I decided to try something different and moved to the quiet, sleepy, nordic capital of Sweden.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I’m a bit of a gypsy. I can’t spend too much time in the same place. I’ve chosen Sweden because life is easier and more relaxed than in Italy. The job conditions are much better here than in my country. I could afford one month holiday and I’m more respected as a woman. At the moment i’m happy here with this life. Next year.. I don’t know yet. (More)

   


From West Virginia to Costa Rica to Barranquilia: Black in Latin America

01 September, 2011 08:58  Erin Erin

Costa Rica black latin america Being Wayne Branch, I say R. Wayne Branch and others say Dr. Branch, from Rand, West Virginia and now living in Barranquilla, Colombia. Has been a hell of a journey.  I am blessed.  

1. Why did you move abroad?
I have always been a little different.  So it was not surprising to hear some of my friends say “… you never cease to amaze me.” So perhaps moving outside of the country has always been in my DNA.  I am ready to live life more simply; less focused on what I can accumulate and more focused on creating opportunities to live my passions.  I am ready to consume myself with family, of enormous value in Latin America, and projects that secure my future.  I am ready to be more giving to myself, less stressed, in better balance and in better health.  I have always been, and now I am ever more so, less accepting of the racism I feel here in the United States.  I am less tolerant of the negativity and frustrated by our inability to improve the infrastructures supporting our society.  I want to be in a place where I feel nurtured.  I want to be in an environment where people care about our connection to the earth and to one another.  I feel those things on the coast of Colombia.   (More)

   


From British Columbia to Budapest to the South of France: That's Hamori!

29 August, 2011 09:29  Erin Erin

hamoriI am Eva Hamori. We sold our life in BC, live part time in Budapest and buying a B&B in the South of France.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I love the European lifestyle. Walking streets, people dress up to go to the store, communities gather in parks and have outdoor celebrations. The pulse of Europe is young, alive and fun. Families are active, they are travellers and have strong family ties. It’s not just a place to live, it’s a place to be alive.
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From Chicago to Kathmandu: The Kathmanduo

25 August, 2011 10:11  Erin Erin

kathmanduo mtns Hello! Our names are Claudine and Brian, but feel free to refer to us as the Kathmanduo.  We’re just two Type-A go-getters who traded life in Chicago’s corporate skyscrapers for expat adventure on the Roof of the World: Kathmandu, Nepal.

1. Why did you move abroad?

Faced with a crossroads in life, Claudine yearned to return to her passions for Asia and international development work. Brian longed for…well, anything but corporate law. Seeking the simplest, most obvious solution, we decided to move to Kathmandu, where Claudine spent a summer doing research in college and as newlyweds we honeymooned in bliss. Except for that one food poisoning incident.
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From Canada to Malta: Mike & Jess in Malta

22 August, 2011 10:05  Erin Erin

mike jess marina We are Mike and Jess, a couple of young expats from the East Coast of Canada. We are currently living in Malta, a small island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea.

1. Why did you move abroad?
We wanted to live in a place which made travelling easier. Hopping on a plane to visit a new country for a weekend was difficult and costly in Canada. We also wanted a different kind of lifestyle than the one we had in Canada, and we wanted to live in a country with a rich history and culture. And of course, we were looking to escape Canada’s notoriously long and cold winters.

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From Harare to Johannesburg: Ebony Delights

18 August, 2011 10:28  Erin Erin

ebony delights My name is Samantha. I am from Harare, Zimbabwe and I am currently living in Johannesburg, working in Bloemfontein, South Africa. I’ve been here 3 years and changed jobs twice (this is my second job). I am enjoying the pace of this country.  

1. Why did you move abroad?
I just moved across a border not abroad but to answer your question frankly I was tired of the power cuts and waking up at 5 to prepare for a work. I did it for a solid month and got even more ticked off by something at work- late pays and one woman wanted to control me. I got so fed up that when I got my pay that month end I got on a bus and came here with no cell phone and one pair of shoes. I left a lot of stuff behind. It was a good decision. I buy now new shoes almost every month instead of a few times a year.

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