Europe


From Italy to Switzerland to the Netherlands: Expat Since Birth

03 October, 2013 09:07  Erin Erin

UteLimacher-Riebold expat since birth I'm Ute Limacher. My passport says I'm German but I never lived there.  I grew up in Italy, moved to Switzerland, then back to Italy before coming to the Netherlands in 2005. – I'm an "expat-since-birth", an "european ATCK (Adult Third Culture Kid)".

1. Why did you move abroad?
I was already born "abroad" and just kept moving. When I was 18 I moved from Italy to Switzerland, then after my studies and 8 years of work, I spent almost 4 years in Florence (Italy) for work. Since 2005 I live in the Netherlands because my husband did find a job here.
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From the UK to France: Turquoise Moon

26 September, 2013 10:02  Erin Erin

Turquoise MoonMy name is Catherine Broughton, I am English and I have lived in France since 1989.

I am an author, and one of my books is largely about life here "A Call from France".

I am married to Bruce, we have 3 children and 2 grandchildren.

1. Why did you move abroad?

We moved abroad because we were hit by the property crash in 1989 and lost everything, but we did already have a house in France.
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From South Carolina to the Netherlands: The Three Under

23 September, 2013 13:22  Erin Erin

the three under Spring in Oisterwijk Farrah Ritter, originally from Michigan - but an expat in the Netherlands by way of South Carolina. We live in a small village just south of Tilburg.

1. Why did you move abroad?

My husband and I have always wanted to experience an expat assignment- so after years of waiting (having kids) we went for it. We wanted to experience Europe as residents- not just travelers. We wanted to share this experience with our very young boys in hopes that they will develop their own love for travel and appreciation of other cultures. We most certainly did not do it for the weather :)

2. How do you make a living?
My husband works for a global company with the world headquarters in Germany. I am home with our boys- ages 4, 3 &3 (twins).
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From England to Malta to France: The Maltese Talkin

19 September, 2013 09:29  Erin Erin

Banana boating maltese talkin An Englishman confused in Malta.

1. Why did you move abroad?
The first time I moved abroad was because I felt I was following too common a path. I was at university in Bristol but quit after three months to move to somewhere more exotic and sunny!

2. How do you make a living?
Having been a barman in the UK I have never found it too hard to find work doing the same thing abroad.
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From Seattle to South America to Scotland: Applecore

16 September, 2013 10:13  Erin Erin

applecore Mike and Flo in Argentina Hello, we are Mike and Florence Lince.  Florence was born and raised in Buffalo, NY.  Mike is a fourth generation Washingtonian from Seattle.  We coined the name "The 6 Monthers" because we have chosen to live in a new country every six months.  We are currently living in Scotland.  We toured much of Latin America before settling in Boquete, Panama, and then Cuernavaca, Mexico.  We sold what we could of our house, cars and other possessions.  We gave what was wanted to family and donated what was left.  Now we carry everything we own in a suitcase and a carry-on bag.  We have a list of twenty countries in which we would like to live for six months at a time before we get too old to keep traveling.   

1. Why did you move abroad?
We wanted to travel.  Mike retired at the age of 62 to make time for travel. We also started out with the idea we could live more cheaply abroad.  The idea to keep moving every six months just sort of happened when we realized living in one place would not satisfy our desire to see more of the world.
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From Canada to the French Alps: Crystal Goes to Europe

05 September, 2013 08:21  Erin Erin

Crystal Goes to Europe mtnsBonjour! I’m Crystal, an Anglophone Canadian expat currently living in a small town near Grenoble in the French Alps with my French husband, one big furry cat, two hairless cats and a small brown dog.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I decided to do the English Language Assistant program in France just after graduating from university in my native Canada in 2005. It was supposed to be a 9-month contract at a high school in the north of France, after which I’d return to Canada and start my “real life”. But, as is often the case, I was charmed by a handsome French man and never moved back!
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From the USA to Russia: A Girl and Her Travels

29 August, 2013 10:06  Erin Erin

polly a girl and her travels I'm Polly Barks – an ESL teacher, freelance writer, and blogger. I moved from Small Town, USA to one of the largest cities in the world, Moscow.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Rather unexpectedly (even to myself) I graduated from university one year early with a double major in Russian Studies and International Relations. At the tender age of 21 I decided I wasn't ready to invest myself in a career with a 40-hour, in-office job quite yet. Instead I decided to put my Russian skills to the test and move to Russia. I had originally planned to live and work in Moscow for one year. Three years and counting: I'm still here.
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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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