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From California to Rio de Janeiro: The Tao of Me

05 January, 2012 10:40  Erin Erin

tao of me My name is Peg. I was born in Fremont, CA, but have lived in five different states all across the US. Right now I live with my husband outside the city of Macaé  in the State of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I followed my heart. My husband Brian and I had been dating long distance for two and a half years while he was working in Brazil and I was staying in Houston with my teenage kids. We only saw each other for a week or so every three months, which was obviously incredibly difficult. When he had a heart attack two years ago we laid in his hospital bed in Rio and finally made our plans to live on the same continent. Being apart had become too difficult and life is too short. Eight months later I left my job and moved to Brazil, and we got married three months after that. We ran away to the Caribbean the day after Christmas and eloped.
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From Chicago to Seville: Sunshine and Siestas

02 January, 2012 11:21  Erin Erin

sunshine and siesta portrait My name is Cat, and I’m a Chicago transplant to Southern Spain. I live in Seville, the capital of the region most synonymous with Spain – land of olive oil, flamenco and bullfighting.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I chose to move to Spain right after finishing college. I packed up 44 kilos of my life in America, including tokens of life on the other side of the “puddle” and hit the road with a dozen blank passport pages. I had studied abroad in Spain in 2005 and was dying to go back and siesta for another year. Assuming I’d live abroad for only a year, I chose to escape Chicago winters by going as far south as I could and just celebrated my fourth anniversary living in Europe’s frying pan.
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BlogExpat Wishes You a Happy 2012!

01 January, 2012 00:00  Erin Erin

StarWe wish you a very Happy New Year!Star

It is time for BlogExpat to reflect on a successful 2011 with exciting additions to the site for 2012.

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From Florida to Hong Kong: Seeking Elevation

29 December, 2011 10:23  Erin Erin

seeking elevation My name is Lisa Harvey.  I’m an American expat, born in Massachusetts and raised in South Florida.  In the past ten years, I’ve lived in Florida, Massachusetts, New Orleans, Venezuela, Kenya, Abu Dhabi, back to Florida, and Hong Kong (where I currently live).  I’m tired.

1. Why did you move abroad?
After I broke up with my boyfriend in 2001, he moved to Egypt.  I thought that was the most interesting thing he’d done  since I’d met him, so I followed him over there.  Some time during that six-week vacation, I fell back in love with him and in love for the first time with life abroad.  We returned to the States so I could get my master’s degree and then took off for good.
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From Melbourne to Papua New Guinea: A Goddess in the Kitchen

22 December, 2011 10:16  Erin Erin

goddess in the kitchen Hi, I’m Ella. Known to most as pg or Aunty Purple. Originally from Melbourne Australia, now living in Lae, Papua New Guinea.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Most expats will tell you it’s for the experience, or the chance to see other cultures. Us? The GFC hit, my husband was retrenched and he couldn’t get a job in Aus. After 9 months, unemployment and creditors forced us to consider expatting.
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From Greenwich to Beijing: You're Not From Around Here, Are You?

19 December, 2011 08:16  Erin Erin

you're not from around here profile I’m Steve, originally from Greenwich, London but now living in Beijing. We’re currently considering a move south to Chengdu for the winter.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I worked for a bank straight from University. Throughout my twenties holidays and free time were in short supply, so in 2006 I took a sabbatical to travel across Central Asia and loved it. I returned to my old job just in time to take the blame for the financial crisis, and took voluntary redundancy a few months later.

After doing some volunteer work building houses in Costa Rica, I headed south to Latin America. On Christmas Eve in Venezuela I met a Chinese girl travelling alone and we hit it off. We climbed mountains and sailed down the Amazon to the Rio Carnival together, then went our separate ways in Argentina. We met up a few months later in Beijing, and I’m still here. (More)

   


From Utah to Oxfordshire: A Quick Succession of Busy Nothings

12 December, 2011 10:34  Erin Erin

A Quick Succession of Busy Nothings portraitHi I’m Kris from “A Quick Succession of Busy Nothings” blog. I’m an American from Utah, but now living in a little stone cottage in rural Oxfordshire, England.

1. Why did you move abroad?
My husband has always dreamed of working for a Formula One race car team. On a whim, he applied for a job opening with Williams Grand Prix.  We couldn't believe it when they flew him over for an interview, and then offered him a position as a CFD Aerodynamicist.  Even though he had just started his masters degree, and  we had just purchased our first home only
six months previous to this, we chose to drop everything and pack our bags for England.
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From the USA to Seoul: Asia Vu

08 December, 2011 11:54  Erin Erin

Asia VuMy name is Caroline.  I’m an American living in Seoul, South Korea with my husband and two teenage sons.  My husband and I are both TCKs (Third Culture Kids); our childhoods were spent in Asia and Europe, as well as all over the US. We were thrilled to give our own kids an opportunity to experience the fun – as well as the challenges – of living in a different culture.

1. Why did you move abroad?  
My husband works for a multinational Design/Engineering firm that is doing work in Seoul.
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From Melbourne to the UK: Gidday from the UK

05 December, 2011 09:46  Erin Erin

Gidday from the UK I am a 42 year old sheila who, having spent my formative years in parts of Australia that have been subjected to savage bushfires, cyclones with innocuous-sounding names or have recently been under water, moved from Melbourne to the UK in January 2004.

I spend my time people-watching, reading, eating, baking, blogging and reprioritising chores after all of these things. I’ve recently moved to North London (after almost 8 years south of the river) so I’m also excited about exploring a brand new (to me anyway) neighbourhood.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I think F Scott Fitzgerald would call it ‘restless discontent’. An overtly successful life with all the trappings hid a deep, deep dissatisfaction and moving to London was quite a ‘toys out of the pram’ moment to see which were the things that really mattered to me. Needless to say I kept those things in mind as I rebuilt my life here.
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From the UK to Canada to Vietnam: Saigon- Why Am I Here?

28 November, 2011 09:36  Erin Erin

elka kids Saigon Why Am I Here Xin chao! My name is Elka Ray. I was born in the UK, grew up in Canada and have spent the past 16 years living in Vietnam.

1. Why did you move abroad?
After high school, I backpacked around Southeast Asia for six months. I was 18 years old, blonde, totally clueless, and lucky to have survived! But I loved it. After doing a degree in Journalism and Asian Studies I moved to Vietnam “for one year” as I wanted to learn more about the country. At that time, Vietnam had only recently reopened to foreigners.
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