Europe


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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From Nigeria to the USA to Stockholm: Geotraveler's Niche

27 May, 2013 10:30  Erin Erin

Geotraveler's Niche Lola I go by “Lola” which is the short form of “Aralola” because my full name “Onoaralolaoluwa” is 15 letters long and takes up a lot of space on official forms. I was born in Nigeria where I lived for 15 years before moving to the US to start college. Since then, I’ve hopped, skipped, and explored many parts of the world, and I’m now living in Stockholm which I call home because both my loves are here – husband and daughter.

1. Why did you move abroad?

My first move abroad was as a teenager to the US to continue my studies. I come from a family of travelers and before then, we traveled often. Starting college at 15 was a scary intimidating experience but at the same time, it made me grow up really fast. I was out, done, and working as a professional programmer by 19.
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From Alaska to Kharkov: 8 Months in Ukraine

16 May, 2013 09:31  Erin Erin

8 months in ukraine Gregorovski_forest Hi! I'm Katherine, a West Coast American who spent most of the last decade living in Alaska before moving to Kharkov, the second largest city in Ukraine.

1. Why did you move abroad?
For several years I dreamed of moving to Russia. I even convinced my boyfriend D that it was a halfway decent idea! At that point, I'd been studying the Russian language for several years and thought that living in Russia would provide that final boost to fluency. Russia, however, is not that welcoming to international job-seekers. We spent a year doing conference call interviews, getting laughed out of said interviews (“great, you're hired! Oh.... a visa? Hahaha!), and sulking. Finally we set our sights on Ukraine instead. At that point Ukraine was “close enough” for me. Over the past 2 years though, I've really come to love the place for what it is.
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From the USA to Germany: A Day in the Life of a Hockey Wife

02 May, 2013 09:20  Erin Erin

a day in the life of a hockey wife oktoberfest Hi there! I blog anonymously as 'Hockey Wife' at A Day in the Life of a Hockey Wife. I currently live (well, during the hockey season, so about eight months out of the year) in Germany, with my husband and our two sons Linden and Calder.

1. Why did you move abroad?
My husband decided to abandon his NHL dreams and rather set his sights on European hockey. The season is shorter, European-style hockey is easier on his body, and the schedule allows us to spend a lot more time together as a family.  
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From the USA to Niger to Zimbabwe to Rome: Gillian's Lists

29 April, 2013 09:34  Erin Erin

gillians lists pic I am Gillian Longworth McGuire on twitter and instagram as @gmcguireinrome and I live in Rome, Italy.

1. Why did you move abroad?

My first expat experience was when I moved to Niamey, Niger in 1991 to work for an American NGO. After spending 6 years in the sahelien desert, where I met my husband, we had a child (who is now 16) , moved to Harare, Zimbabwe in 1998 and finally here to Rome in 2006.

2. How do you make a living?
I have a several different things that keep me busy.
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From Blackpool to the Canary Islands: IslandMomma

22 April, 2013 09:40  Erin Erin

island momma linda Hi. My name is Linda, but I’m known to some as islandmomma (or madreislena in Spanish). It’s a nickname from when my kids were in their teens – long story. I come from Blackpool, a holiday town, on the north west coast of England, and I’ve now lived for over 25 years in Spain’s Canary Islands.

1. Why did you move abroad?

I’d always dreamed of living abroad. Unlikely as it must have seemed to friends by the time I was, say 25, I always knew that I would.
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From Canada to Hungary: The Wasted Year

18 April, 2013 11:00  Erin Erin

The Wasted Year A lost soul hell-bent on postponing any semblance of a settled life, I write about my funny, bewildering and surreal experiences as an English tutor in Hungary.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Fear. Paralyzing, soul-crushing fear.

I had just graduated, and as I emerged from the comforting musk of the ivory tower into the world’s harsh glare I recoiled in horror. People staggered around in bewildered dazes as their endless cascade of mundane responsibilities pelted them like frigid rain. I saw lines snaking away from bank counters full of nervous middle-agers clutching wads of documents, and businessmen stuck in traffic pulverizing their steering wheels with unhinged fury. When one of my good friends tried to recruit me into his pyramid scheme selling 5 hour energy I finally snap and fled to a country I could barely locate on a map.
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From the UK to Bologna: Hotchpotch Hijabi in Italy

15 April, 2013 10:33  Erin Erin

sarah Hotchpotch Hijabi in Italy I’m Sarah. I’m from the UK and I’ve been living in Bologna for three years now.

1. Why did you move abroad?
There were two reasons really. The first was that I’d just finished an English degree at university and I thought I’d try my hand at teaching to see if it was something I’d like to consider as a future career. The second, and most significant, reason was that I wanted to return to be with my now husband in the city that had brought us together. (More)

   


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