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.


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.


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.


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)


From Cincinnati to Poland: Living in a city that I can't pronounce

04 April, 2013 09:13  Erin Erin

Living in a city that I can't pronounce polandMy name is Rachael Adams and I am originally from Cincinnati, Ohio in the United Sates. After attending the University of Texas as a student-athlete, I moved to Bydgoszcz, Poland in July 2012 to pursue my professional career in volleyball. I have one more month left, till May 2013, and soon my journey here in Bydgoszcz will come to an end.

1. Why did you move abroad?
After playing volleyball at the University of Texas for four successful years I knew I wanted to continue my career overseas and play professionally - but where? I had no clue. Transferring from American college volleyball to professional European volleyball is tough since your resume doesn’t exactly get translated or hold the same value as it did in the US. Many of my past teammates and friends have continued their career overseas so the idea to move to a foreign country for more than half a year wasn’t an alien idea to me. (More)


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 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)


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