Europe


From Boston to Osaka to Italy: I Eat My Pigeon

17 October, 2011 08:10  Erin Erin

I eat my pigeon Call me Liv. I’m American. I was born in Boston, Massachusetts, grew up in Crystal River, Florida, and then I moved to New York City to attend university. I stayed in the city for eight years. Then I moved to Osaka, Japan. Then I moved to Dublin, Ireland. Now I live in Terracina, Italy. It’s a small town on Italy’s west coast, on the Tyrrhenian Sea. It’s the town where my parents met and fell in love as teenagers. It’s a funny thing living in the town where your parents fell in love. Sometimes, I see teenagers making out on the beach. My first thought is: “Aww. Young love.” My second thought is: “Those could have been my parents.” And then I throw up in my mouth a lot. But then I clean myself up. Try to be grateful. This town is, after all, where my life began.
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From Atlanta to Morroco to Copenhagen: Traveling Mama

15 September, 2011 09:57  Erin Erin

travel tribe My name is Tina, but online I am known as the Traveling Mama.  Our Flying House is quite full with my husband, Jack, and our three kids, Hailey (10), Parker (6), and Landon (3).  We moved to Copenhagen, Denmark a little over a year ago after living in Morocco for three years.  We call Atlanta “home” home because that is where our extended family still lives, but we are most at home abroad.

1. Why did you move abroad?

Originally we began our journey overseas in Spain doing nonprofit work.  Prior to moving to Spain we had gotten married, had a baby, but never bought a house or a new car and lived in rentals debt free.  We were determined to move overseas!  But after living for two years overseas with a baby, we decided we wanted to go home.  So, we went home, bought a house, and started going into debt.  We quickly realized that the “American Dream” wasn’t what we thought it was.  We spent the next two and a half years undoing the financial damage we had done in our first six months back.
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From Florence to Stockholm: Don't Look Now

05 September, 2011 09:29  Erin Erin

don't look now valerieHi, I'm Abilene and come from Firenze, Tuscany. Firenze is probably one of the most beautiful cities in the world with art, food, nightlife and a lot of nice stuff but because I lived there almost all my life I decided to try something different and moved to the quiet, sleepy, nordic capital of Sweden.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I’m a bit of a gypsy. I can’t spend too much time in the same place. I’ve chosen Sweden because life is easier and more relaxed than in Italy. The job conditions are much better here than in my country. I could afford one month holiday and I’m more respected as a woman. At the moment i’m happy here with this life. Next year.. I don’t know yet. (More)

   


From British Columbia to Budapest to the South of France: That's Hamori!

29 August, 2011 09:29  Erin Erin

hamoriI am Eva Hamori. We sold our life in BC, live part time in Budapest and buying a B&B in the South of France.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I love the European lifestyle. Walking streets, people dress up to go to the store, communities gather in parks and have outdoor celebrations. The pulse of Europe is young, alive and fun. Families are active, they are travellers and have strong family ties. It’s not just a place to live, it’s a place to be alive.
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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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