Europe


From England to California to Barcelona: Barcelona Blonde

07 April, 2014 09:59  Erin Erin

hola yessica Hello! I’m Jessica, I’m 25, and I’m originally from England. I grew up in southern California and now I live in beautiful Barcelona, Spain.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I’d studied abroad in Barcelona for a summer and that just wasn’t enough time. I fell completely in love with the city and knew I had to come back. I decided that after graduating college was a pretty good time to get my Barcelona fix in. Two weeks after I got my diploma, I landed here.
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From the Ukraine to the USA to the Netherlands: On the Same Page

24 March, 2014 10:10  Erin Erin

On the Same Page

Hi, I’m Alla! “Where are you from?” is question that I always follow up with “Well, how far back do you want me to go?”  I was born in Ukraine, then when I was 10 my family moved to New York.  I went to college in Illinois and studied abroad in Spain and Italy. A brief stint in California followed, you know, to surf in Malibu, and admire some real cowboys.

This is when I realized that “home” is not about a geographic location, it’s about what you internalize by living there. I now find myself back on the European continent, this time my home is in the green and lush Netherlands living with my husband and our two little boys.  
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From Cape Town to the Netherlands: Elizabeth Joss

06 March, 2014 08:06  Erin Erin

Elizabeth Joss I’m Elizabeth Joss, writer and blogger, born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa. I now live in The Netherlands. Before arriving here I lived like a gypsy and travelled out of a single suitcase for six months during 2013. During these six months I worked remotely for an online marketing company which funded my travels. I moved to The Netherlands in the middle of 2013 in order to take up a new job and to focus on my career.    

1. Why did you move abroad?
I initially moved abroad to be able to travel around Europe. After a stint of travelling/working remotely, I knew I wanted to further my career and explore more concrete work opportunities in Europe.
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From Ireland to Valletta: How to Malta

27 February, 2014 10:02  Erin Erin

how to malta An Irish expat's guide to living and working in Malta. Full of advice and recommendations, about the good and the bad of this curious country.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Sunshine was the primary motivating factor, I was following the sun and hoping I would find a better lifestyle.

2. How do you make a living?
I started off by teaching English, and then moved on to the thriving internet gaming sector.
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From Las Vegas to London: Girl in London

24 February, 2014 09:11  Erin Erin

girl in London Hi! I’m Cheylene, an American living in London. My backstory is a little complicated. I moved to London from Las Vegas, which is where I went to university. However, I spent most of my time in the US living in Northern California in a small town called Davis. Before that I lived near Savannah, Georgia in and even smaller town called Hinesville and before that I spent some time in Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany.

1. Why did you move abroad?
There are so many reasons! If I had to narrow it down, the main reason why I moved to England was because I wanted to see the world and experience life from a non-American perspective. I was also really inspired by my dad; he’s lived in and worked in four different countries (Korea, Thailand, Germany, USA), and I grew up listening to all his stories from his experiences around the world. Now that I’ve made the move abroad, I feel like I have some stories of my own that I’ll have to look back on when I get older.
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From Nashville to Rome: Rome...If You Want To

17 February, 2014 12:59  Erin Erin

Rome if you want to My name is Elizabeth Knight and I am from Nashville, Tennessee, USA. I am lucky enough to live in Rome, Italy, and to have lived here twice – at different phases of my life. In the States, I am an attorney, and in Rome, I am a lot of things (but also an attorney). Life here is about 80% more difficult but 90% more fun. If I could find good Mexican food, that would be a full 100%.

1. Why did you move abroad?
The first time I moved abroad I was 21, fresh out of college, and I thought I’d come to Italy for a year to teach English. I ended up having so much fun that I stayed for four. Then, the responsibility gene in my American blood kicked in and I went back to the States, and to law school. I finished that, and practiced civil litigation for four years in Texas. Then something remarkable happened. Although everything in my life was quite fine and tolerable – there was nothing I just couldn’t stand – out of the blue, I started thinking about Italy again. It felt like a calling, and I became obsessed. I became so fixated by the idea, that even when I was forced to acknowledge that there are exactly zero professional jobs available in Italy, I decided that I would go anyway.
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From the USA to Italy: My Life In Transit

03 February, 2014 10:33  Erin Erin

my life in transit

Hi! My name is Brendan Monroe. Originally I’m from Phoenix, Arizona but I spent the last half of my American years in Orlando, Florida. At the current moment I’m residing in Rome, Italy.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Haha, how much time do you have? I had just graduated from University and the most terrifying thing to me, then and now, was to end up slaving at a desk job. There’s more to it than that, the cliché thing to say would be that I left to “find” myself, but that actually sums up my feelings at the time pretty well. I wanted to leave what I knew and was comfortable with for the mystery of the unknown and, along the way, meet new people and experience a bit of culture. Maybe educate myself on the places I didn’t know and gain some inspiration for my writing… for starters!
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From Sydney to Nice: The Riviera Grapevine

30 January, 2014 10:49  Erin Erin

The Riviera Grapevine Hi! I’m Chrissie, a girl from Sydney’s Northern Beaches who has traded one beautiful stretch of coastline for another. I’ve been living in Nice, in the South of France, for 7 years.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I always wanted to go off and see the world when I finished university (typical Aussie!), so backpack and one way ticket in hand, the first place I landed was Nice to visit my sister. I found an apartment and job within the first week, thought I’d stay 6 months over summer, and never left.
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From the UK to Germany to Parma back to the UK: Alex and Italy

20 January, 2014 11:48  Erin Erin

Alex and Italy Hi, I’m Alex. I’m 25 and have been lucky enough to spend 2012 in Czech Republic and Germany, and most of 2013 living, working and eating in Parma, Italy. Parma was a beautiful city and a wonderful time, and I miss Italy every day! I’m currently back in the UK making plans to explore life in a new country; I hope to move to Paris in the Spring. Here’s what I found of my time in Parma:

1. Why did you move abroad?
I’d always wanted to try living abroad at some point in my life. I wanted to try new experiences and meet different people, and see what life was like outside of the UK. I’d spent years dreaming about it and gazing at pictures of different countries online from behind my desk, but I just got stuck in a rut. Then one day, something just snapped and I went from looking at pictures to booking a flight!
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From Belgium to Ireland: Ireland, Multiple Sclerosis & Me

16 January, 2014 09:16  Erin Erin

billie ireland Born in Flanders, Belgium with a really Dutch first name - Willeke - it always stuck in people’s minds as a little bit odd. From childhood, friends therefore had many nicknames for me. When one day our English teacher said he would call me William, the male name from which my female first name is also derived, it soon became Billie. I am glad to say that I’ve been called Billie (with –IE, to indicate I am female) for many years now, and an identity crisis was averted! In 2002 I moved to Ireland and I still happily live here, and still carry the nickname I grew up with.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Ireland’s history, culture and literature always captivated me when growing up. I read and savoured many travel guides and books on Irish culture, as well as the likes of William Butler Yeats, James Joyce etc. When one day my library employment contract could not be renewed, and after going through a painful break-up, I knew the time had come to move to Ireland to start the life I had been dreaming of for a very long time.
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