From Liverpool to Mijas: Family Life in Spain

01 April, 2013 13:14  Erin Erin

family life in spain Hola! My name is Lisa Sadleir, also known as mum from @familyinspain. I was born in Liverpool and have been a resident of Spain for over twenty years now (I’ve been saying that for a few years too!). I live with my husband and two beautiful children in the lovely area of Mijas, in Málaga, southern Spain.

1. Why did you move abroad?
In a nutshell ... I was born in Liverpool and grew up in a small village called Lowton until I headed off to University. I went to university in London and France to study European Business. On graduating, I decided to take time out and work as a travel guide and headed off to the island of Gran Canaria. 10 years later, having worked all over Spain and the Spanish islands, in ski resorts in Andorra & the french Alps, a brief stint in Corsica, USA and the Dominican Republic, myself and my then “hubby to be” (also from England), settled in Fuerteventura.


From Italy to Los Angeles to Zurich: Globetrotting in Heels

21 March, 2013 09:29  Erin Erin

Elisa Globetrotting in Heels My name is Elisa, but I am also known online as @HipMom (my Twitter handle) and "The Unlikely Housewife", which was the original title of my blog. I was born and raised in Italy, but I have spent half of my life as an expat, starting with a move to Los Angeles at the age of 18, then Copenhagen, Denmark, then Zurich, Switzerland, then the NYC suburbs, and then back to Zurich, where I live with my husband and two daughters. I am a serial expat, a passionate traveler, and a serious nomad at heart :-)

1. Why did you move abroad?

I was born in a fairly small town in an island in the middle of Mediterranean. As beautiful as it was, it always felt claustrophobic, isolated, limiting. I knew from a very young age that I wanted to visit places, experience different cultures and just live somewhere I could spread my wings. When the chance to move to the other side of the planet presented itself several years earlier than planned, I knew it was kismet and there was no way would have missed that opportunity!


From Shropshire to Munich: Arts in Munich

14 March, 2013 09:09  Erin Erin

arts in munich rachel I'm Rachel, originally from rural Shropshire in the UK, now living in Munich, Germany. I moved here in 2008, having just graduated in French and German at university.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I'd studied French and German at university, and spent my Erasmus year in Paris and Tübingen. While Paris is a beautiful city, it wasn't for me, and instead, I found myself having the time of my life in Tübingen. I met some fantastic people, the city's absolutely stunning and I spent my time reading by the river and partying with friends. My courses at university were in the history of cinema and creative writing – so I basically spent my time watching movies and writing poetry. Bliss. I knew that when I finished my degree, I wanted to move back to Germany, and applied for jobs everywhere in the country. The first company to say yes was in Munich – and I moved three weeks later.


From Virginia to Logro├▒o: Memoirs of a Young Adventuress

04 March, 2013 08:34  Erin Erin

Memoirs of a Young Adventuress Hi I’m Liz from Memoirs of a Young Adventuress. I am from a small town in Virginia but I have spent the past few years drinking red wine and eating tapas around Spain. Most recently, I called Logroño home, capital of the beautiful wine region of La Rioja in the north. Living amongst the vineyards and unchanged medieval villages, I truly felt at home in Spain for the first time.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Like many of my fellow classmates, the job market in the USA after graduation was abysmal. I spent a year in college studying in Salamanca, Spain, one of the best years of my life. Traveling around Europe and north Africa, I loved the lifestyle of an expat and I knew as soon as I was done with my studying, I wanted to go back. (More)


From Manila to Amsterdam: Currystrumpet

25 February, 2013 09:06  Erin Erin

curry strumpet DeepaI’m Deepa, a freelance writer from Manila, now living in Amsterdam, and a first-time mama-to-be eagerly awaiting the arrival of our baby girl… just a few short weeks from now!

1. Why did you move abroad?
I got itchy feet after two years of living in Singapore, where my husband had been working for seven years. We didn’t really see it as the place where we wanted to raise a child and settle down. I also knew I wanted to get pregnant soon and I wanted some kind of last hurrah/big adventure before starting a family. Living in Europe was a lifelong dream and somehow, after many, many long conversations with my husband, I managed to get him on board and ready to take the plunge. We listed down places we’d like to live in, researched companies with offices in those places, and started sending out CVs. A couple of months later, a large Dutch multinational called my husband for an interview. Four months later, he accepted their job offer; three months after that, we were on a one-way flight to Amsterdam.


From Texas to Montpellier: Conjugating Irregular Verbs

21 February, 2013 11:07  Erin Erin

conjugating irregular verbs Aidan Larson, Texan, currently living in Montpellier, France

1. Why did you move abroad?
My husband, Paul and I always dreamed of living abroad, specifically the South of France, since our honeymoon there in 1998. He works at a multi-national company that has thankfully made it possible for us to do just that. We first came to Europe via Ireland and spent five life changing, baby having, years there. I loved every bit of it, except the weather. We came to Montpellier in February of 2010. (More)


From San Francisco to Berlin: Chasing Heartbeats

14 February, 2013 09:08  Erin Erin

Chasing Heartbeats Ashley Hi! I'm Ashley.  I hail from California's picturesque central coast and now call Berlin home.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I was sent abroad by a former job, I set up a photo department for a company based near the French/German border.  I lived in Paris for a year in 2006 and my old boss knew how badly I wanted to move back to France.  He somehow (probably on purpose) failed to mention that the company they had acquired was actually located over the border in Germany rather than in France.  A fact I didn't really realize until I had already moved across the world.  It all worked out in the end, I met my husband in the small city in the south of Germany where we lived for 3 years before moving to Berlin and fell in love with the country and the German people.


From Canada to Norway: From There to Here

07 February, 2013 11:39  Erin Erin

from there to here My name is Jay and I’m a former teacher from Canada that now calls Stavanger, Norway home.

1. Why did you move abroad?
A few years ago, I was teaching full time in Northern Alberta and my husband was working for a large international company as a mechanical engineer when he was approached to move into a global position.  We found the idea of living overseas and travelling irresistible.  In July 2010, we packed up our bags and moved to Gabon, a country on the West coast of Africa.  We were so thankful for our time abroad and we knew as things were coming to an end in Gabon that we weren’t ready to move home to Canada so we accepted a second expatriation in Norway.


From Florida to the south of England: Running Across the Pond

04 February, 2013 09:33  Erin Erin

Running Across the Pond London I’m Taylor, a native Floridian now living in the south of England!

1. Why did you move abroad?
I moved because I fell in love with a wonderful man with an English accent and now we’re getting married! After over 3 years of a transatlantic relationship, I finally moved across the pond. (More)


De Bretagne à Zürich: Carnet d'escapades

28 January, 2013 09:15  Erin Erin

carnet descapades snow Je m’appelle Laurène, je suis Française et expatriée à Zürich, en Suisse, depuis un peu plus d’un an. J’ai grandi à Paris mais suis d’origine bretonne (et suis très attachée à la Bretagne !). J’aime la nature, le sport, les voyages et les découvertes en général. Je partage mes escapades en Suisse et ailleurs sur mon blog, Carnet d’escapades.

1. Pourquoi êtes-vous partis à l'étranger ?
A la fin de mes études, je devais faire un stage à l’étranger. J’avais décidé d’aller en Suisse car j’y étais allée lors d’un week-end et avait beaucoup aimé le cadre de vie: les villes à taille humaine, les montagnes, les lacs…Ca me parlait ! A la fin de mon stage, j’ai décidé de rester vivre à Zürich…


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