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From the Netherlands to Hong Kong: Being Dutch in Asia

03 November, 2011 10:56  Erin Erin

Roald Dutch Asia pictureHi! My name is Roald, I’m originally from The Netherlands but living and working in Hong Kong since this summer. Although I have lived in The Netherlands for all my life, I have been working as an IT professional on projects in many different countries in Europe and Asia.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Ever since the first day I came to Hong Kong several years ago, I’ve been fascinated with this city. I still remember the first time I arrived here; the high-rises, neon signs, the millions of people, the food. That feeling of excitement only grew stronger during the times that I visited the city for my work again, so when I got the chance to relocate here, I didn’t hesitate for a moment.
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From Wiltshire to Doha: An Expat Cooks

31 October, 2011 09:10  Erin Erin

an expat cook Amanda Barnes – From a small West Country town called Malmesbury which is in Wiltshire, UK and now living in Doha, Qatar.

1. Why did you move abroad?
My husband works for an Oil Service company and it seemed like a good idea at the time (don't they all?). We were in Al Khobar in Saudi Arabia from 2001 until 2005 – moved to Doha, Qatar after several attacks against Western Compounds, including one down the road from where we were living at the time. (More)

   


From Iowa to Melbourne: When in Oz

27 October, 2011 09:12  Erin Erin

when in oz shadowG’day!  We’re Ryan and Laura.  We’re newlyweds from Iowa in the United States and we’re currently living in Melbourne, Australia.  

1. Why did you move abroad?
Ryan’s company in the US offered him an assignment in their Melbourne office.
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From Stockholm to Lebanon: Stockholm-Beirut

24 October, 2011 09:04  Erin Erin

stockholm helena My name is Helena and I come from the land of snow (Sweden) and I live currently in the land of sun (Lebanon).

1. Why did you move abroad?
Beirut have been a childhood dream for me since I was seven, and when I turned 30 I realized it was time to stop dreaming and start living. So I moved to Beirut.
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From New York City to Sao Paulo: Born Again Brazilian

20 October, 2011 10:02  Erin Erin

born again brazilian sao paulo I’m a Born Again Brazilian (not religion, just Brazilian). Why? If all of those criminals, drug-addicts, philanderers and all around sinners can become Born Again Christians, this mid-western babe can become a Brazilian.

1. Why did you move abroad?
My husband is Brazilian, originally from Rio de Janeiro. About a year before he received an opportunity to take his career to Sao Paulo, Brazil, I had taken a sabbatical from my career to be with our daughter. So it seemed like a great opportunity, especially for my daughter who could experience the Brazilian part of her culture and learn Portuguese. (More)

   


From Boston to Osaka to Italy: I Eat My Pigeon

17 October, 2011 08:10  Erin Erin

I eat my pigeon Call me Liv. I’m American. I was born in Boston, Massachusetts, grew up in Crystal River, Florida, and then I moved to New York City to attend university. I stayed in the city for eight years. Then I moved to Osaka, Japan. Then I moved to Dublin, Ireland. Now I live in Terracina, Italy. It’s a small town on Italy’s west coast, on the Tyrrhenian Sea. It’s the town where my parents met and fell in love as teenagers. It’s a funny thing living in the town where your parents fell in love. Sometimes, I see teenagers making out on the beach. My first thought is: “Aww. Young love.” My second thought is: “Those could have been my parents.” And then I throw up in my mouth a lot. But then I clean myself up. Try to be grateful. This town is, after all, where my life began.
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From Canada to Tokyo: Whoa...I'm in Japan?

13 October, 2011 10:35  Erin Erin

japan amanda I’m Amanda, a girl on life’s journey – literally. I love to travel and my current stop is the fun, fascinating and sometimes frustrating country that is Japan.

1. Why did you move abroad? If I’m being completely honest, I needed an escape. Life had become too mundane, and the routine was digging into me like a slow brand, or a hole made by the constant slow drip, drip, drip of water.

2. How do you make a living? I work as an English Instructor. I like this job because I went to school for English literature and journalism, and I get to use all my English language and grammar knowledge. I also like talking to people and it’s rewarding to watch them learn. (More)

   


From San Francisco to Rio de Janeiro: Qualidade de Vida

03 October, 2011 09:53  Erin Erin

Qualidade de Vida jim My name is Jim and I moved to Niterói, Rio de Janeiro from San Francisco, California with my husband, Luiz, in January of 2008.

1. Why did you move abroad?
We decided to move to Brazil early in our relationship. We had been visiting every other year, traveling all around the country. I loved the country, and Luiz wished to return to his home. Most importantly, Luiz is an only child, and his parents were aging. It was time to go home. (More)

   


From Washington, D.C. to Papua New Guinea: Educating Wendy

29 September, 2011 08:50  Erin Erin

wendy png I’m Dr. Wendy and I grew up on the outskirts of Washington, DC., and lived most of my life in Virginia (USA). I currently live in Lae, Papua New Guinea.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I finished my Ph.D. and started looking for university jobs…..  Papua New Guinea?  Sure, I’ll apply….
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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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