Europe


From Portugal to the Netherlands: Amsterdive

03 October, 2016 08:30  Erin Erin

Ana Martin in Amsterdam I’m Ana V. Martins, a Portuguese actress (and all-around creative) who moved from Lisbon to Amsterdam, almost 5 years ago.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I guess the migrant gene was always in my blood, really. Since I know myself I felt Portugal was not my place, I felt an urge to explore other geographies, so my initial plan was to work here and there, experience life in different countries, before I settled.

My next stop would be Berlin. But I fell in love with Amsterdam so I thought ‘why look further?’. I had found my home. Unlike most people I didn’t choose my current home for work reasons. I prioritized other sorts of affinities. Personally, feeling identified and comfortable with the place I live in, is the most important of all.
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From South Africa to Ireland: The Thompsons Excellent Adventure

26 September, 2016 07:57  Erin Erin

Dublin Thompsons My name is Garreth Thompson I hail from South Africa, Johannesburg more specifically. I now live with my wife and three kids in a small sea side village called Bettystown in County Meath, Ireland.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
At its most basic we were looking for a more stable upbringing for our children. But at the same time it’s more than that. As a human race we don’t favor change very much, there is a whole world out there ready to be explored but we tie ourselves down to a place and a job and live our lives out never really experiencing anything else. So this is our way of having an adventure and exploring the world around us. Will be here forever? I think not!!  but for the moment we are happy and settled. There is still far too much to see and do here.

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From Canada to the Czech Republic: Beyond Prague

19 September, 2016 07:30  Erin Erin

Kevan czech republic My name is Kevan, I'm orignally from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Since 2004, I have been living and working in Brno, Czech Republic.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
Partly romantic reasons, partly career change and partly just to get some fresh perspectives on life.

2.    How do you make a living?
I work as an English teacher. Generally, I enjoy it and the constant opportunities it brings to meet new people.

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From Norway to Luxembourg to Norway: Repatriateme

05 September, 2016 22:05  Erin Erin

Repatriate me I’m Unni Holtedahl, blogging as The Repat. I’m from Norway and I now live in Norway again as from August 2016 after 11 years in Luxembourg!

1. Why did you move abroad?
My husband’s job took us to Luxembourg in 2005. It was a good time to have an expat experience as we had a toddler and a baby on the way (born one month after we moved!). Originally we wanted to stay 3-4 years, but ended up taking one more year and then one more...like many expats do in Luxembourg. Life there is in general easy and comfortable.

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From London to Brussels: La Petite Rose à Bruxelles

29 August, 2016 08:15  Erin Erin

la petite rose a bruxelles Hi, I’m Charlotte Rose (La Petite Rose à Bruxelles), I’m from London and I am currently living in Brussels with my boyfriend James. I moved to Brussels in January 2016 and James moved last September. This is James’ second expatriation and my first.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
The opportunity to move to Brussels arose when James moved with work. Before he accepted the job offer, we decided that I would also move. I had a few months notice on my work contract hence I joined a little later.

2.    How do you make a living?
I work in law and I was able to secure a job within six weeks of living in Brussels. Before I moved to Brussels, I did some Google research and met up with a career advisor. Things were looking bleak. There were jobs but nothing that suited my background. I was so busy with finishing up at work and moving that I put my search on hold.

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From the Netherlands to Macedonia: Living Abroad

22 August, 2016 08:05  Erin Erin

Lise Skopje Hi! My name is Lise and I was born and raised in the Netherlands. It has been 2 years ago, when I moved abroad to live in the capital of Macedonia, Skopje.

1. Why did you move abroad?
This sounds so cheesy, but I moved abroad for love. I met my boyfriend in 2010 on the island of Corfu. After three years of having a long distance relationship, I quit my job and packed my stuff to live in Skopje with him.

2. How do you make a living?
The first year I was unemployed, which was nice. I could get used to my new surroundings and meet a lot of new people. I found a job in a Dutch textile company, near Skopje. After a couple of months I got a better job offer and the opportunity to work something in my own field of expertise. Now I work for a Dutch software company, which has an office in Skopje and in the Netherlands. I am the only Dutch person in the company, all my co-workers are Macedonian. Even my boss from the Netherlands is actually half Macedonian. But I think I’m lucky to have found a good job here in Skopje.
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From the USA to Russia: Coffee + Cleveland

27 June, 2016 09:10  Erin Erin

Coffee + Cleveland I’m Jasilyn, a Clevelander, who has lived her whole live in the Midwest. At 26, I decided to pack up and move to Ufa, Russia.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
I just finished getting my certification to teach ESL in the United States when a friend asked me if I was interested in working in Ufa. I was working three part-time jobs at the time, so I wasn’t giving up a lot like many travel bloggers you read about. I have always been interested in Russia and learning Russian, so it was a relatively easy decision for me to make.

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From the UK to Bulgaria: Eat Stay Love Life

13 June, 2016 09:18  Erin Erin

Rebecca eat stay love lifeHello, my name is Rebecca. I’m originally from the UK and now living in Sofia, Bulgaria.

1.    Why did you move abroad?

I first moved abroad 2 years ago as I decided that I wanted to live in Dubai. I sold everything I owned, gave up my job and went to Dubai with the dream of finding a job and settling there for a few years. I stayed in Dubai for 2 years and then went on to the Caribbean for a year before moving to Bulgaria.

2.    How do you make a living?
I’ve always worked full time in sales and marketing. I have over 10 years of experience in this area and usually my jobs will involve dealing with international clients.
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From Spain to Germany: Duesseldorf Moments

06 June, 2016 08:38  Erin Erin

expat the worldHi! My name is Hor and I am living in Germany since more than two years ago. I came here due to professional reasons. At the beginning my plan was to stay in Düsseldorf one year. However, I fell in love with the entire NRW region since the first day I arrived in Germany.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
I moved to Germany because I received a job offer in a Spanish company located in Düsseldorf.  As I could speak a bit of German I decided to try it and I moved. Before moving I was expecting this experience to be something temporal (as my previous experiences abroad), however my mind changed the same day I came to Germany.

2.    How do you make a living?

As I decided to stay in Germany I started to look for another job. The first thing I did was to improve my German knowledge. I took language courses and I did the official exams (Germans love certificates…). Once I got all the German certificates I started looking for a job in a German company. No sooner said than done! Since almost one year I am working in a German company.
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From London to Bulgaria to Greece: The Balkan Blog

30 May, 2016 11:33  Erin Erin

Balkan Blog Patrick Brigham moved from London and is living in Rizia 68014 Northern Greece.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I moved to Bulgaria first, in order to open a branch of a well known London firm of Commercial Estate Agents, which came to nothing, but I stayed, started my own private agency, and then branched into the GSM market, as a major site acquisition agent.

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