Europe


From the Netherlands to Moldova: Life in the Expat Lane

22 March, 2012 11:30  Erin Erin

KarenvanderZee life in the expat laneI am Miss Footloose, aka Karen van der Zee. I hail from the Netherlands and have lived in a number of foreign countries. Right now I live in Moldova, Eastern Europe.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Even as a child I was eager to see more of the world than cows, cheese and bicycles. I wanted to travel and see mountains! Palm trees! Wild animals! My first expat experience was as a foreign exchange student in the USA where I spent a year living with a family and going to high school. I saw mountains, but no palm trees and no wild animals beyond squirrels and such. (Even the boys behaved, with me).

Later I met my American husband-to-be in Amsterdam and the year after I followed him to Kenya, where I saw palm trees and wild animals, and where we got married in a bizarre 10 minute ceremony in which my not-yet-husband was instructed in the art of having two wives. Fortunately,so far no second wife.

This was only the beginning of my expat life. My husband is a development economist and after his Peace Corps time in Kenya, his career has taken us to Ghana (where we had our first child), Indonesia, Palestine, Ghana (again), Armenia, and now Moldova. I am what is often referred to as a “trailing spouse,” which my mate finds an insulting term, since he considers me “part of the team.” (More)

   


From Arizona to France: Vino Vagabonds

15 March, 2012 10:15  Erin Erin

vino vagabonds Hello, we are Jeff and Brittany, aka Vinovagabonds, and we both met in Arizona while going to school. Our love of wine quickly grew so we moved to Napa Valley and were ultimately led to the South of France where we are absorbing everything we can about the life, culture, food, etc.

1. Why did you move abroad?
We have been travelling the world of wine in order to get in touch with the places and faces behind the wine being made outside the United States. We came up with the idea after working in the wine industry in Napa Valley. The amount that we learned during our time in Northern California was something that inspired us to do the same with other well-known wine regions. We started in South America, sipping Tannat in Uruguay and ultimately Malbec and Torrontes in Mendoza. Provence in the South of France was a natural progression from there. (More)

   


From Las Vegas to England: Quintessentially English

08 March, 2012 11:16  Erin Erin

Quintessentially English Hi, my name is Erin. I am an American originally from Las Vegas but I now live in Milton Keynes, England.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I moved to England not long after graduating university so I could be with my English husband, whom I’d met during university while studying abroad in Pau, France.
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From Chicago to Clermont-Ferrand: Femme au Foyer

01 March, 2012 11:57  Erin Erin

FemmeauFoyer portrait I’m Liene. Originally from Chicago, in November of 2010 my husband, 6 month old son and I moved from South Carolina to Clermont-Ferrand in central France. Femme au Foyer is my blog about adventures in France and Europe, as well as about motherhood, pregnancy abroad (due in early 2012) and our Latvian heritage.

1. Why did you move abroad?
My husband and I had long discussed an expatriation assignment and move overseas as a way to advance his career, spend a few years enjoying our family, learn a new language and broaden our horizon of experiences. When the offer materialized at about the time Lauris was born, we jumped (And we’re still jumping!).
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From Germany to Budapest: Hung Alien Nation

20 February, 2012 10:00  Erin Erin

alien nation budapestIn the internet and on my blog, I call myself Rigó Jancsi, which is both a delicious type of cake and the name of a Gypsy violinist who had an affair with an American millionaire’s daughter. I neither play the violin, nor am I a Gypsy, but I like the cake. I am German and have spent most of my life in Germany. Three years ago I moved to Hungary and now live in a town right outside the city boundaries of Budapest.


1.  Why did you move abroad?
I moved to Hungary because of love. I met my Hungarian wife twelve years ago, and for several years we lived together in Germany. So I decided that I would do the same for her: She came to Germany for me, I would go to Hungary for her.
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From Austin to Valencia: Not Hemingway's Spain

13 February, 2012 10:44  Erin Erin

not hemingways spain portrait My name is Zach. Originally from Austin, Texas, I lived in Boston for a while (PhDing) before I moved to Valencia, the third largest city in Spain and home of the famous rice dish paella.

1. Why did you move abroad?
One of my colleagues, a sociologist, jokes that one could do a really telling study of EU academic immigration just by looking at what he calls “el factor n,” the novio (boyfriend/girlfriend) factor in migration. I’m guilty as charged. I moved to Valencia because my wife is from here and we wanted to be closer to her family. (More)

   


From England to Cyprus: A Matter of Choice

09 February, 2012 09:11  Erin Erin

A Matter of Choice My name is Emma, I’m originally from England but I moved to Cyprus in 2009.

1. Why did you move abroad?
For a change in lifestyle, and an adventure!

2. How do you make a living?
My husband works full time, and I am a ‘stay at home’ Mum 3. How often do you communicate with home and how?
I stay in touch with family and friends mainly via email, facebook and sometimes Skype.  I am online every day so always have some contact with people.
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From Mississippi to Denmark: A Belle Abroad

30 January, 2012 10:25  Erin Erin

belle abroad london Hi there! I write as Belle on my blog, A Belle Abroad. It’s nice to meet you. I’m from a small college town in Mississippi. Since moving away from that small town in 2006, I’ve lived in Mongolia, Singapore, and London. I currently live with my husband and little boy in another small town. This one is called Vejle and it’s on the eastern coast of Denmark.

1. Why did you move abroad?
In 2005, I reconnected with my high school sweetheart and we fell in love all over again. There was only one problem: he was in talks to move and join a law firm in MONGOLIA! I’d never even been outside the continental US, but he really is something special. So in the spring of 2006 I quit my much hated job in retail, crammed as much stuff as I could into two suitcases, and hopped on a flight to Beijing to be with him. That’s how our adventures began.
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Di Italia in Norvegia: Unventennetraifiordi

26 January, 2012 10:38  Erin Erin

Unventennetraifiordi portrait

Mi chiamo Andrea, ho 20 anni e vengo da una piccola città sull’Adriatico.

Attualmente mi trovo in Norvegia, precisamente a Larvik.  

1. Perché ti sei trasferito all'estero?
Ho cominciato a visitare la Norvegia 2 anni fa quando ho conosciuto la mia attuale ragazza. Da allora sono stato qui più volte per brevi periodi fino a 6 mesi fa, quando ho deciso che valeva la pena provare a vivere un periodo di tempo lontano da casa, in tutt’altro ambiente. Così grazie all’aiuto della mia famiglia e di quella della mia ragazza il tutto si è concretizzato.

Sono partito così, un po’ spensierato, senza pensare bene cosa avrei fatto. Volevo solo scoprire qualcosa di nuovo e fare quell’esperienza mia.
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From Chicago to Sofia: The Other Europe

16 January, 2012 10:15  Erin Erin

the other europe traffic My name is Tom and I’ve been living in Sofia, Bulgaria, with my family since August 2011. I grew up in the Chicago area in the U.S., and have also lived and worked in Boston, Florida and New York City. This is actually my third expat experience; I lived in Belgium in the early 1990s and China in the late ‘90s.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Having lived overseas before, we were anxious to share the experience with our young daughter. And we had been hoping in particular to spend some time in Eastern Europe, where my wife had spent a year earlier in her career. When she got an offer to work as an administrator at an international school here, it was an easy decision.
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