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.


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.


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.  


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!


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