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.



From the UK to Portugal: Julie Dawn Fox

18 June, 2012 10:02  Erin Erin

julie dawn fox Hi, I’m Julie, originally from the UK but I’ve been living abroad for 10 years so I consider myself to be a serial expat. I’ve put down roots in Portugal and have been living here since 2007. I came here wanting to settle down and it wasn’t long before I had a husband, a dog and a house in the country so it’s all worked out quite well for me so far.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I developed a serious case of wanderlust during a 16-month backpacking trip in my late 20s. When I got back to the grey skies and expensive, irregular public transport services of the UK, I decided I needed to find a sunnier place to live. I hate being cold, getting up in the dark and sacrificing my days to long winter nights so I’ve never regretted leaving the UK.


From Toronto to Berlin: Cheryl Howard

11 June, 2012 09:59  Erin Erin

cheryl howard 1. Why did you move abroad?
I took a 9 month sabbatical from work and spent my time being lazy and travelling. After visiting Europe twice, I fell in love with the continent (not a guy) and knew I wanted to move abroad.

Within months of my second visit, I sold almost everything I owned, quit my job and left behind my family and friends in Toronto, Canada. If you want to know the entire story about why I moved to Berlin, you can read all about it on my blog.

My love for Berlin and Europe has blossomed in the year since I've been here. I'm so fully committed to my new “relationship” that I recently applied for a long term work permit to stay  for another 2 whole years.


From Seattle to Prague: The Europhile

28 May, 2012 10:17  Erin Erin

Bailey Alexander Europhile

My name is Bailey Alexander and I'm originally from Seattle. Since sailing across the Atlantic I’ve lived in Rome, Paris, Malta, Geneva, Amsterdam and now Prague; it’s been quite the nomadic life, it’s been a trip, eternally grateful for the opportunity.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I married a European while still living in Seattle and we bought a sailboat. Perhaps fate was in play as it made sense to sail across the pond, so we did. We packed our belongings and shipped them separately then set sail with my husband and two little papillons aboard our Nauticat 43. It proved to be a magical, slightly scary and very memorably voyage.


From California to Helsinki: A Scandinavian Interlude

17 May, 2012 10:21  Erin Erin

scandinavian interlude Reindeer Mark from San Francisco, CA, USA and currently live in Helsinki, Finland.

1. Why did you move abroad?  
I moved abroad with my Finnish wife and 2 children.  We wanted to try a change of lifestyle and wanted the children to learn Finnish.

2. How do you make a living?  
I recently got a job working for a Finnish start-up company called  Scoopshot specializes in “crowdsourcing” both photos and videos for media consumption.  It has been a very nice experience working in a Finnish company.  I am learning different cultures and working with many creative individuals and we are all working toward a common goal.  They have been very friendly to me so far and they have embraced international folks now at their Finnish company.


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