Europe


From Texas to Rome: Texana in Italia

26 August, 2013 10:49  Erin Erin

Texana in Italia poggerino Ciao! I’m Whitney, a native of Texas (Fort Worth!) and now I live in Rome, Italy.

1. Why did you move abroad?  
I moved abroad for many reasons, but the most important ones were that my Italian boyfriend of three years was returning home to Rome, and I had always wanted to live in a large city in Europe.
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From North Carolina to Spain: Wagoners Abroad

22 August, 2013 09:39  Erin Erin

Alan Wagoner -Wagoners Abroad I am Alan Wagoner (of Wagoners Abroad fame) most recently from Apex, North Carolina, and currently living in the scenic town of Almuñécar, Spain. If you were to envision an organizational chart, I would be in the box labeled CDO. That’s Chief Dad Officer. This position is below the CMO (Chief Mother Officer), but above CSO and CDO (Son and Daughter, respectively) positions. So I’m the Number 2 guy at Wagoners Abroad.

1.Why did you move abroad?
Two big reasons:
A. While Heidi and I had jobs at great companies, we wanted to get back to an international lifestyle.  We had lived in London previously, and the allure of living abroad was too great to pass up. We had expectations of living internationally prior to the kids entering high school, so we couldn’t wait any longer on the slim chance our companies would transfer us.
B. We wanted our kids to become familiar with a different culture and language.  We figured exposing our kids would help in building up their confidence, and make them better citizens of the world.
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From SW London to Copenhagen to Munich: A Bavarian Sojourn

15 August, 2013 09:54  Erin Erin

Bavarian Sojourn My name is Emma, my family and I moved from South West London to Copenhagen in 2009, and then on to Munich at the end of 2011.  

1. Why did you move abroad?   
We have my husband's job to thank for that, but secretly I don't really mind!   We have always loved travelling, and relished the opportunity to experience life in a few countries other than our own...   

2. How do you make a living? 
 
I am a professional lady what lunches(!), but I do try and keep boredom at bay with German lessons (not that successfully!), and a bit of freelance writing.
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From the Philippines to Ghana to Cornwall: Little Steps

01 August, 2013 10:47  Erin Erin

Little Steps deanMy name is Dean.  I’m female, by the way.  I was born and raised in the Philippines.  In my former life, I used to work in the media.  Then moved to Africa to work as a volunteer in a small NGO in Tamale, Ghana and met my future husband there.  He was also a volunteer.  Currently, we live in a small cottage by the sea in North Cornwall with our two-year-old (turning three) and a cat named Boots.  We hope to have a dog join our family soon.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I like to travel, but I was never one of those people who have always dreamed of living abroad.  After Africa, a close friend and I were planning to backpack in China for a year, before going back home to the Phil.  But that of course changed when I met my husband, got married and now have a little girl, instead we moved to England where my husband is from. We do plan to eventually settle back in the Philippines later on.
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From the UK to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: Matthew Hirtes

25 July, 2013 11:23  Erin Erin

Puerto de Mogan matthew hirtes I’m Matthew Hirtes AKA Gran Canaria’s resident expert and the creative genius behind GranCanariaLocal.
com. Hailing from the UK, I now live in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

1. Why did you move abroad?
I married a Canarian over here in 1997. We were always asked on our hols on the island about when we were coming to live. My intention was never. I was a born, but not bred, Londoner who didn’t really fancy spending any further time away from his home city. Then came the fateful February of 2004, Sunday the 22nd to be precise. Having just lost her father to leukaemia, the last diagnosis my wife wanted to hear was “childhood leukaemia” for our then youngest son, Alex. At just eight months old, statistically he would be just one of three UK-based kids who would contract this form of leukaemia in his age group that year. Following a six-month stay in Great Ormond Street Hospital, we decided to relocate to Gran Canaria for the extra family support that a mother in law, five brothers in law, and a sister in law offered over my one brother and parents in the UK.
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From Greece to London: A Mum in London

15 July, 2013 10:08  Erin Erin

a mum in london stonehenge I'm Alexia, a translator and full time mum, half French/half Greek. I moved from Athens, Greece to London, UK in September 2012 with my husband and our son.

1. Why did you move abroad?
We wanted a big change in our lives and thought to try it the hard way by moving abroad with a 9 months old baby!

2. How do you make a living?
I translate & subtitle films, but actually I'm a full time mum to Baby Lu.
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From Texas to Turkey to London: Tarts in London

01 July, 2013 12:20  Erin Erin

tarts in london Hi there, I’m Alyson. I was a Texan, born and raised, until I found myself transplanted to Istanbul, Turkey in 2011. We soaked up the sun, culture and history in our new Turkish home, and loved every minute of it. In 2012, I found myself back in the English-speaking world in London. I have been lucky to travel our new homes and the globe with my husband and our globe-trotting golden retriever, Belle.

1. Why did you move abroad?

I first visited Europe in high school and fell in love with it. When we visited Edinburgh, I sat outside in a park with my sister eating lunch and something about it felt just right to me. At that moment I knew I could, and wanted to move overseas; I had connected with the laid back lifestyle, the history and the people.  When the chance came up for my husband to move overseas to Turkey for work, we jumped at the opportunity.
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From New Zealand to Moscow to Helsinki: Setting Sail with the Fitzys

27 June, 2013 11:44  Erin Erin

Adventures with the Fitzys family I am Tony Fitzpatrick, I have lived pretty much my whole life in Blenheim, a small rural town New Zealand with some breif escapes during my early 20’s, and for the past 3 years have lived with my family (wife and 2 children aged 6 & 10) in a small sun filled cottage with an alternative power supply, on our 20 acre block in the Marlborough countryside, with not a neighbour in sight.  In September last year we left this behind for a 4th floor apartment in Moscow, Russia heading for an adventure in a strange land, and have since moved on to Helsinki, Finland before finally heading to Tokyo, Japan later this year.

1. Why did you move abroad?
My wife and I haven’t managed to travel as far as our dreams would have taken us, and after a lifetime of living in the town of our births, and being self employed for the past 15 odd years, which meant we were pretty much enslaved to our businesses, we decided enough was enough, and that as one of us needed to get a job outside of our businesses it might as well be overseas as in New Zealand. As I don’t have any formal qualifications, we decided to look for teaching jobs for my wife who has a Diploma in Teaching and plenty of experience. We started applying for whatever pre-school teaching jobs were going in far flung locations and in a very short time secured a job in Moscow.  We packed up our farm, handed our businesses over to managers and left on the adventure of a lifetime.
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From Kentucky to Skien: My New Norwegian Home

20 June, 2013 10:43  Erin Erin

My New Norwegian Home Hi. My name is Evelyn. I’m from Kentucky, USA and I now live in Skien, Norway.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I just can’t get enough of snow!  No, really, I actually moved abroad to be with my husband. We were in a long-distance relationship and for us personally, it just made more sense for me to move than him to uproot his already established life.
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From Pennsylvania to Stockholm: Lana in Sweden

10 June, 2013 15:25  Erin Erin

lana in swedenMy name is Lana. I’m from State College, Pennsylvania. I live in Stockholm, Sweden.

1. Why did you move abroad?
My husband is a diplomat with the US Embassy, so we move for his job every couple of years. Sweden was on the list of places we could go and since neither of us had ever been to Scandinavia, we thought it would be a fun adventure.

2. How do you make a living?

Sometimes I feel like I’ve missed out on a “career” because we move so often. Every couple of years I’m packing and unpacking, settling our family into a new country and getting our four kids (ages 4-17) adjusted to new schools, sports teams, music lessons, etc… There’s a lot of work to creating stability in the home, but I wouldn’t trade the opportunities we’ve had for a career (in the traditional sense). I love raising a family in different cultural environments. My kids are my career, and so are my writing and my artwork.
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