From New York City to Moscow: Impressions of an Expat

23 August, 2012 10:34  Erin Erin

Marco from New York, now living in Moscow.Impressions of an expat marco

1. Why did you move abroad?
I am an involuntary expat, as my daughter was kidnapped from the USA to Russia when she was two. That was five years ago. I could not imagine being separated from her, so life for the foreseeable future is in Moscow.

2. How do you make a living?
I run an International creative agency and design studio out of the USA, where I had worked for about twenty years. Every job is different. Every client is different. I work in about 14 time zones, and never know what people are going to ask me to create – one day a viral film, the next a children’s toy.


From the USA to China to Singapore to Paris: Expat Edna

20 August, 2012 10:24  Erin Erin

expat edna I’m Edna, an American and serial expat. I first moved abroad at 18, then two weeks after graduating university in 2010, I left the US for good. I have lived and worked in China and Singapore, and am currently based in Paris.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Different reasons each time. At 18, I moved to China for a year and a half as a break from my small-town college life and to broaden my horizons. At 21, I moved to Singapore on a whim because I had just graduated and knew that I didn’t want to stay in the US. In January of this year, I moved to Paris to follow an opportunity to further my career.


From Paris to London: Britishette

09 August, 2012 10:07  Erin Erin

Britishette Hi I’m Jo, aka Britishette on my blog. I’m a 33 year old Parisian girl who loves to move around. With my Austrian hubby Chris, we lived in Seattle, New York, Vienna, Tokyo and Paris. As our little girl Stella turned 1, we packed our bags again and crossed the channel to experiment the London life. Can’t believe how things are different just a train ride away!

1. Why did you move abroad?
I love to live abroad. I am so curious about the daily life of people in other countries. I get excited just visiting the supermarket. So when my husband was asked to relocate to London for work, I didn’t hesitate for one second. We had been in England before, but never to live, and I think it is such a different experience to settle in a new country. The love of football, of crazy fashion and pubs convinced us to get on the Eurostar. (More)


From Ontario to Sardinia: My Sardinian Life

02 August, 2012 08:25  Erin Erin

My Sardinian Life Jennifer My name is Jennifer Avventura. Jennifer is my birth name and Avventura is a pen name. I come from the Niagara Region, Ontario, Canada and now live in the Gallura, Sardinia, Italy.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I first moved abroad when I was twenty years old. I spent a year backpacking around Australia. After hanging with the kangaroos and surfers I moved to St. Helier, Jersey, UK where I worked in an uber fine dining establishment. I spent a few years back in Canada then hightailed it to Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands for two years and again, I worked at an uber fine dining establishment. After Cayman I spent eight years in Canada and that’s when Sardinia called.


From Virginia to Norway: A Suitcase and Stilettos

30 July, 2012 10:39  Erin Erin

Suitcase and Stilettos mountain

My name is Megan Starr…I am originally from Virginia but now live in beautiful Norway.  My Norwegian home is in just as much of an identity crisis as my American life was.  I spend my time in between Bergen and Oslo.  Two homes is better than one, right?  

1. Why did you move abroad?  
On a random July night in Las Vegas a couple years back I met a Norwegian boy.  Let's just say that not everything that happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. :)  

2. How do you make a living?  
Yikes.  Well, I have had a pretty lousy experience with the UDI (Norwegian immigration services department) and despite having quite a lot of education, I have not been able to obtain a work visa in the country just yet.  So…I spend my time freelancing.  UDI's solution to my problem?  "Just get married".  Oh the joys of being an expat!


From Massachusetts to Madrid: Spanish Sabores

19 July, 2012 09:42  Erin Erin

Spanish sabores portrait My name is Lauren Aloise and I am originally from a small town in Central Massachusetts, US. I have been living in different parts of Spain for the past three years, and have finally settled in Madrid with my husband.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I’d dreamed of living abroad since I was a child, always reading books about travel and adventure. I thought I could kill the wanderlust with two semesters of study abroad in college, but it was still there at graduation. So I rejected the 9-5 I’d been planning for, got my TESOL certification and applied for the Spanish government’s language assistant program. I planned to live in Spain for a year or two and then return to the US or travel to another country. But things got complicated when I met my Spanish husband-- I’m now an official Spanish resident and long-term expat!


From the USA to the Netherlands: Adventures in Expat Land

09 July, 2012 09:29  Erin Erin

adventures in expatland linda My name is Linda, I'm a writer and American from the East Coast living in the Netherlands. I'm married to an adult Third Culture Kid and have two teens, one of whom we now parent across timezones.  I write under the name Linda A Janssen not because of any pretension; it turns out Janssen is an extremely common name in Nederland so I kept my middle initial to help sort it out.

1. Why did you move abroad?
It was never a question of whether we'd move abroad but rather of when. Both my husband and I studied international relations and worked in the international arena for years. He grew up in Italy and England, and I lived in Mexico many years ago; we've always traveled extensively (dozens of countries across five continents) for work and pleasure, using the latter to introduce our children to the world and different cultures. My husband got a great opportunity to work for an international organization here in The Hague, and we jumped at the chance.


De Belgique à Madrid: Madrid & CO

05 July, 2012 09:23  Erin Erin

madrid co Je m'appelle Marie, je suis belge et je suis arrivée à Madrid par le biais classique du programme d'échange Erasmus. Ensuite, après quelques allers-retours entre la Belgique et l'Espagne, j'ai décidé de m'installer à Madrid et cela fait 5 ans maintenant.

1. Pourquoi êtes-vous partis à l'étranger ?
(cfr. réponse ci-dessous. Grâce à l'échange Erasmus lors de ma licence en tourisme.)

2. Comment vivez-vous?
Je travaille depuis 4 ans dans une entreprise distributrice de montres de luxe. Je suis arrivée il y a 5 ans sans emploi. J'ai commencé au Real Madrid et j'ai fait quelques petits boulots avant de trouver mon poste actuel. En parallèle, j'ai crée il y a un an mon site Madrid&Co où je réunis ma passion pour la photographie et le tourisme. Un véritable carnet de voyage où je partage mon expérience d'expatriée et l'envie de faire découvrir Madrid et la culture espagnole d'une manière différente. (More)


From America to England: The Salad Days

28 June, 2012 12:04  Erin Erin

salad days family My name is Sarah – wife to Jake, mama to Maren – and I am the writer of the salad days blog. We had moved around America quite a bit but recently made our biggest move yet by moving from Tampa, Florida to Oxford, England.

1. Why did you move abroad?
My husband, Jake, is a medical doctor in residency and was offered the chance to study Applied Mathematics at the University of Oxford. We had always wanted to live overseas so we happily jumped at the chance to have a big adventure for our little family.


Di Sicilianu in Monaco di Baviera: Wanesia

21 June, 2012 09:12  Erin Erin

wanesia Salve,il mio nome e´ Wanesia  sono siciliana  e vivo da quasi 4 anni a Monaco di Baviera

1. Perché ti sei trasferita all'estero?
Approdo in Germania per seguire il mio uomo.Ho conosciuto Phelipe nel 2008 e dopo un anno di incontri a meta´ strada, ho deciso di espatriare.

2.Come ti guadagni da vivere?
Finalmente dopo corsi di tedesco e un semestre di integrazione al lavoro, mando molti curriculum e mi viene offerta una giornata di prova. In effetti ne avevo fatti tanti,ma ero esigente per quanto riguardava il lavoro che volevo. Ho fatto studi artistici,ma ho sempre bazzicato nel mondo della gastronomia. Ho un corso di sommelier alle spalle e una specializzazione in finger food. Ho trovato il posto che volevo e lavorare mi entusiasma molto. Diciamo che sono stata fortunata.



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