Europe


From Canada to Malta: Mike & Jess in Malta

22 August, 2011 10:05  Erin Erin

mike jess marina We are Mike and Jess, a couple of young expats from the East Coast of Canada. We are currently living in Malta, a small island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea.

1. Why did you move abroad?
We wanted to live in a place which made travelling easier. Hopping on a plane to visit a new country for a weekend was difficult and costly in Canada. We also wanted a different kind of lifestyle than the one we had in Canada, and we wanted to live in a country with a rich history and culture. And of course, we were looking to escape Canada’s notoriously long and cold winters.

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From Canada to Moscow: Big White Barbie Tries Borscht

04 August, 2011 09:45  Erin Erin

Big White Barbie building My moniker, Big White Barbie, barely makes a lick of sense these days, but I've grown so fond of it over the years that I can't bring myself to drop it. Before moving to Moscow in early 2011, I taught in South Korea for two and a half years, where the Big White Barbie blog was born. After doing hard time in Korea, I completed a CELTA certification in Hungary and then taught for a semester at a university in Japan. I teach English and sometimes do other things, very few of them notable.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I originally moved abroad just to get away for a year and figure some things out. I had spent most of the previous two years working a dead end tech-support job, and was in desperate need of a new direction. I knew several people that had gone to South Korea and spoke well of the experience, so I finally decided to take the plunge in the fall of 2007. What was only intended to be a 12-month excursion before getting back on the real-life track, has somehow resulted in a new career.
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From New York City to Rome: Burnt by the Tuscan Sun

04 July, 2011 08:19  Erin Erin

burnt tuscan sun fracesca Francesca Maggi, Multimedia Producer living in Rome (6 yrs) after living in Milan 12 years

1. Why did you move abroad?
As an Italian-American, I travelled to Italy as a child and again through college.  I always wanted to live there.  So, I made my career in NYC out of New Business Development – working with Italy and in 1992 a Company from my hometown (Metro Detroit) sent me to run their subsidiary in Milan.  Since then, I’ve changed jobs but have always stayed abroad.

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From USA to Serbia: Yankee in Belgrade

30 June, 2011 09:33  Erin Erin

yankee belgrade birds sky I’m an American woman who has lived in Serbia for 34 years and who blogs under the name of “Bibi”.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Marriage!

2. How do you make a living (working? Tell us about your experience)?
Am a retired teacher. Have authored three children’s books, do subtitles for films, and contribute photos and articles to various magazines

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From London to Holland: Invading Holland

20 June, 2011 10:07  Erin Erin

invader_stu_supporterMy name is Stuart. I’m an Englishman from London and I’ve been living in Holland since 2001.

1. Why did you move abroad?
My move abroad was not exactly planned. In fact, in many ways it was quite by accident . I had no plans to move to Holland. I didn’t even have any plans to leave London but after a year of being out of college and still trying to find a job I came across a cryptic job advertisement that intrigued me. It had no address, no phone number. All it had was an email address. It was very mysterious but I thought I would apply anyway even though I was aware that it could lead to some kind of fake office interview/black market organ harvesting situation.

When I received a reply a few days later there were two surprises. (1) At no point did they enquire about the condition of my internal organs and (2) they were offering to pay for my flight to the interview location in Amsterdam… Holland. As you might have guessed until that point I had (maybe rather foolishly) not even considered that the job might be in another country.

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From Texas to Frankfurt: No Ordinary Homestead

16 May, 2011 10:06  Erin Erin

Tiffany baby no ordinary homestead I’m Tiffany and I grew up in Texas. I went to high school in Virginia before moving to Miami where I attended the University of Miami. That’s where I met my husband, who happens to be German but had been living in the US for a while. We currently live near Frankfurt, Germany, in an old timber-frame farmhouse built in the 1830’s with our two-year-old daughter, a 110-pound Newfoundland dog and two cats we brought with us from Florida. We have learned to become more self-sufficient living in this house because it’s forced us to learn how to do renovations ourselves, given us the space to garden and encouraged us to do a lot of other things like learning to make our own wine, bake our own bread from hand-milled grains and can overage from our garden and orchard.

 1. Why did you move abroad?
Shortly after we met, my husband spent the summer in Germany doing an internship at a Swiss investment bank. After graduation, they offered him a job and we decided to go for it. I graduated a year early by making up my credits in summer school and a few weeks after classes wrapped up, I was on a plane headed for Germany.  We thought we’d just spend a few years here, but it’s now been a decade! Amazing how quickly the time passes.
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From Seattle to Paris: Seattleite in Paris

02 May, 2011 10:01  Erin Erin

Seattleite in Paris Eiffel TowerI use the name A Seattleite in Paris. I’m from Seattle, WA and currently live in Paris, France.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I knew the first time I visited Paris as a teenager that I wanted to live here one day. I did a 6 month university study abroad in France and a few years later I returned to attend graduate school and stayed.

2. How do you make a living (working? Tell us about your experience)?
I work in international marketing. After grad school, I had an internship with a global company and they hired me on full time and helped me get a work permit. Working in France has been a very different experience from working in the US. (More)

   


From New Jersey to St. Petersburg: American Russia Observations

25 April, 2011 10:09  Erin Erin

Robert American Russian  flowersMy family name is Robbie, but in Russia it sounds like rabbi, which confuses people. So I just use
Rob MacDonald. I grew up in Maplewood NJ, but my later years I lived in the Flemington NJ area.
Since June 2000 we have lived in St Petersburg Russia.

1. Why did you move abroad?
We were married just a year when an over zealous INS made living in the United States untenable.

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From Indiana to Rotterdam: Cloggie Central

21 April, 2011 05:59  Erin Erin

Heather Cloggie CentralHello!  My name is Heather Tucker.  I am originally from Indiana, USA and I now live in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.  

1. Why did you move abroad?

I originally moved abroad in 1996 when I was just 16 years old.  I had been selected as a Rotary Youth Ambassador, which involved moving to a different country for one year.  The country I was assigned to was Estonia, where I lived in the capital city, Tallinn.  The year abroad was a great experience and involved a lot of travel opportunities.  The experience really highlighted to me how much I enjoyed Europe.  In 1998 I moved to the United Kingdom, where I lived for almost nine years in London and Kent before moving to the Netherlands in 2007.  
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From Boston to Milan: A Change Of Underwear

11 April, 2011 09:54  Erin Erin

underwear garrettCiao! My name is Garrett McKenna. I’m an American originally from Boston. I moved to Italy on September 28th, 2005. Bologna (the city of tortellini and ragú sauce) was my first Italian “hometown” and I’m currently living in Milan (the city of fashion and design).

1. Why did you move abroad?
After I finished college, I decided that I wanted to “explore my roots”. Like almost everybody from Boston, I had both Irish and Italian ancestry (my Dad’s side is Irish and my Mom’s side is Italian – both going back to great grandparents). I moved to Galway, Ireland for ten months and worked at a bar/restaurant. After that, I returned to the states for a bit before setting off for Italy. When I first got here I had no job, no friends, no place to live, and I barely spoke any Italian. It was supposed to be a one-year-experience thing, but here I am more than 5 years later…

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