From Austin to Valencia: Not Hemingway's Spain

13 February, 2012 10:44  Erin Erin

not hemingways spain portrait My name is Zach. Originally from Austin, Texas, I lived in Boston for a while (PhDing) before I moved to Valencia, the third largest city in Spain and home of the famous rice dish paella.

1. Why did you move abroad?
One of my colleagues, a sociologist, jokes that one could do a really telling study of EU academic immigration just by looking at what he calls “el factor n,” the novio (boyfriend/girlfriend) factor in migration. I’m guilty as charged. I moved to Valencia because my wife is from here and we wanted to be closer to her family. (More)


From England to Cyprus: A Matter of Choice

09 February, 2012 09:11  Erin Erin

A Matter of Choice My name is Emma, I’m originally from England but I moved to Cyprus in 2009.

1. Why did you move abroad?
For a change in lifestyle, and an adventure!

2. How do you make a living?
My husband works full time, and I am a ‘stay at home’ Mum 3. How often do you communicate with home and how?
I stay in touch with family and friends mainly via email, facebook and sometimes Skype.  I am online every day so always have some contact with people.


From Belgium to Singapore: Ozawapi

06 February, 2012 11:45  Erin Erin

ozawapi couple We are Florine and Simon, a twenty-something couple from Belgium. Adventurous world wanderers and curious photography amateurs, we love to explore new places and share our stories through our blog Ozawapi.

Our travel addiction really started back in 2004. Travelling Down Under had been in our mind for some time. Freshly graduated, we decided to go for it.

7 years, 4 continents and 35 countries later, we are still enjoying traveling together and are not planning on stopping any time soon. From a little shack in the middle of the jungle in Northern Thailand to the 66th floor of a 5 star hotel in Tokyo, we love experiencing the world in very different ways.


From Texas to Panama: Xpat Escape

02 February, 2012 09:48  Erin Erin

Xpat escape portrait I am MeanderingMiss of the Xpat Escape blog and Twitter.  I use this pseudonym everywhere.  We might even have run across each other in an expat forum or two, but you can call me Stephanie.

We moved to Churuquita Grande, Panama from Austin, Texas in January 2011.

Some of my favorite things are photography, travel, writing, and cooking.  Recently opening a Mexican Restaurant in La Chorrera, Panama generally occupies the rest of my free time!

1. Why did you move abroad?
The hubs and I wanted to live in a tropical climate and still have spare funds to invest in our future.  We chose Panama because it’s a quick flight back and forth but still worlds apart.


From Mississippi to Denmark: A Belle Abroad

30 January, 2012 10:25  Erin Erin

belle abroad london Hi there! I write as Belle on my blog, A Belle Abroad. It’s nice to meet you. I’m from a small college town in Mississippi. Since moving away from that small town in 2006, I’ve lived in Mongolia, Singapore, and London. I currently live with my husband and little boy in another small town. This one is called Vejle and it’s on the eastern coast of Denmark.

1. Why did you move abroad?
In 2005, I reconnected with my high school sweetheart and we fell in love all over again. There was only one problem: he was in talks to move and join a law firm in MONGOLIA! I’d never even been outside the continental US, but he really is something special. So in the spring of 2006 I quit my much hated job in retail, crammed as much stuff as I could into two suitcases, and hopped on a flight to Beijing to be with him. That’s how our adventures began.


From Minnesota to Hanoi: Fishsauce, Motorbikes and the Golden Tortoise

23 January, 2012 09:10  Erin Erin

fish sauce vietnameMy name is Hannah and I’ve lived all over the United States, though most recently Minneapolis, Minnesota.  I’ve been living in Hanoi, Vietnam for nearly six months now.  

1. Why did you move abroad?
I had planned to live abroad since I was a little kid.  I had a good role model in my grandmother who lived in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Switzerland as a girl.  Additionally, I’ve lived in eight different US states.  Moving abroad seemed like a natural next step.  My parents weren’t shocked.  They’d sent one sister to study Arabic in Amman, Jordan, when she was 16, the other to study in Germany and me to study in France.  I moved abroad when I did, though, because I hated my job.  I scheduled medical appointments in a call center.  Despite seeming very sudden (I was offered a job and moved here three weeks later), the move was completely predictable.  To sum it up, I guess that I had always planned to live abroad but the decision to leave when I did was spurred by economics as I am going to be paying off student debt till I’m 400 years old.


From London to Cape Town: Expat-ish

19 January, 2012 10:27  Erin Erin


I am Yvonne, a very muddled mixture of Polish, British, South African with a little Norwegian thrown in. My last place of residence was London, UK and I now live in Cape Town, South Africa.

1. Why did you move abroad?  
We were living a perfectly OK life in London, UK. And then we were offered the opportunity to live a potentially excellent life in Cape Town, South Africa. We felt that Cape Town could offer us a better work/life balance and more family life. And, to the surprise of some, we felt it was a better place to bring up our two children (now 2.5 and 4.5). We had to at least try. So far, so good.


From Chicago to Sofia: The Other Europe

16 January, 2012 10:15  Erin Erin

the other europe traffic My name is Tom and I’ve been living in Sofia, Bulgaria, with my family since August 2011. I grew up in the Chicago area in the U.S., and have also lived and worked in Boston, Florida and New York City. This is actually my third expat experience; I lived in Belgium in the early 1990s and China in the late ‘90s.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Having lived overseas before, we were anxious to share the experience with our young daughter. And we had been hoping in particular to spend some time in Eastern Europe, where my wife had spent a year earlier in her career. When she got an offer to work as an administrator at an international school here, it was an easy decision.


From South Africa to Tokyo: Rurousha

12 January, 2012 11:31  Erin Erin

rurousha I refer to myself as Rurousha, a Japanese word that means nomad or wanderer. I'm from Stellenbosch, South Africa; I now live in Tokyo, Japan.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Ten years ago I was a career woman who'd never considered a committed relationship or relocation to another country. Then a mutual friend introduced me to a Japanese man … and that caused havoc in my life. I fell in love with him, stalked him halfway around the world and then fell in love with his country.

2. How do you make a living?
I teach English at university and at a conversation school. I have a Master's degree in linguistics and have always worked with language – as journalist, editor and publisher – so the transition to teacher has been easy and fun.


From Washington, DC to Mexico City: This Gringo Honeymoon

09 January, 2012 10:59  Erin Erin

gringo honeymoon mexico cityHi, there!  My name is Kristin.  I am from Washington, DC and currently live in Mexico City. 

1. Why did you move abroad?
We moved to Mexico for my husband’s job in 2010.  We’ve been living here for just over a year now and are having a ball.    

2. How do you make a living?
I work remotely for my company [a US consulting firm] and travel to the US often to meet with clients or spend time in our DC office.  I had worked at my company for more than six years when we moved to Mexico and was lucky that they were willing to be flexible about my location.  While I recognize it is a pretty great deal, it’s not always easy.  Working from home can get lonely [even with two pups], and the travel does get old.  I often feel like I am missing out by not working in a Mexican office environment, and that my Spanish would be much improved if I were, but for me this is the best arrangement professionally.       


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