From New Jersey to France: France, Food, Scooters and More

01 January, 2018 11:38  Erin Erin

Ira France My name is Ira. I was born and raised on a dirt road in rural northern New Jersey surrounded by cow pastures and corn fields marked off by stone walls built when the fields were first cultivated starting a couple of centuries ago. (Yes, there were such places in New Jersey 60 years ago. And there still are!) My wife Cathey, a Texas girl, and I lived in the Lehigh Valley of eastern Pennsylvania for about 40 years before retiring to the small village of Quarante in the rural south of France where we are surrounded by vineyard after vineyard, marked off by stone walls built when the vineyards were first cultivated more than ten centuries ago. Karma.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Cathey and I like to travel. We’d driven around the Lower 48 extensively, visited Mexico a few times, and vacationed in the Caribbean. As we got older, we began to explore Europe. When we turned 50, we started thinking seriously about our retirement. What did we want to do? Travel. Where did we want to travel? Europe. Why not live there? Being from Texas, Cathey had had enough of winters in the Northeast. “I will never shovel snow again!” So we decided on a Mediterranean climate. When we visited the south of France, the region that used to be called the Languedoc but is now Occitanie, we knew we’d found our place. And no snow! Well, a dusting every year or two where we live. But it melts by itself after ten minutes.

2. How do you make a living?
I’m retired…mostly…living primarily on our Social Security retirement benefits. I spent the fifteen years before retirement as the development director for a nonprofit that addresses homelessness and mental health issues. I continue to do a bit of grant writing for them as a telecommuter. And, of course, I blog. Before that, Cathey and I ran a mass-market floral business, selling premade bouquets to grocery stores, minimarkets, and a string of street vendors. But mostly, I’m retired.



From Spain to Switzerland: Mercedes Catalan

25 December, 2017 08:21  Erin Erin

mercedes catalan I’m Mercedes and I live in Zurich, Switzerland. I am originally from Madrid, Spain, but I have lived also a few years in Sweden and Ireland before moving to Switzerland a few months ago.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Love! My husband found a job in Sweden a few years ago and I saw it as a great opportunity for me to improve my English and continue my studies in Law.

2. How do you make a living?
My husband is the one bringing money home right now. I left my job in Spain as a lawyer and I studied a Master degree in Stockholm. After that, we moved to Ireland and it was very difficult for me to find a job there (Irish and Spanish legal systems are very different!!). Now in Switzerland I’ll have to learn German before trying to find a job in my field.


From California to Spain: Starr Treks

18 December, 2017 10:10  Erin Erin

Dawn Starr Treks Spain I am Dawn “Alba” Starr. For approximately 30 years, I lived in the lovely area of San Luis Obispo County California. Now I live in Altea, Spain, on the Mediterranean in the Costa Blanca area.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I like the pace and priorities of life in Spain: friends, family, fun and food, as opposed to working long hours to accrue material things.

2. How do you make a living?
I am a retired forensic psychologist (previously specializing in risk assessment for sexual and violent offenders.) I now do some writing about travel, food and living as an ex-pat in Spain.


From the USA to Germany: Room for Gelato

27 November, 2017 10:38  Erin Erin

Room for Gelato Jessica Howard, 29, born in Cincinnati, moved from Detroit, MI to Stuttgart, Germany with my husband and dog.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
My husband accepted a work assignment in Germany. His contract is for 3 years.

2.    How do you make a living?

I have a marketing background and have a part-time marketing job here in Germany. I also spend my spare time blogging about our life in Germany at


From Romania to Denmark to Estonia: Expat in Estonia

13 November, 2017 09:00  Erin Erin

Expat in Estonia Alina My name is Alina and I am 26 years old. I moved to Estonia about 1 year ago, after living for more than 6 years as an expat in Denmark and I am originally from Bucharest, Romania.

1. Why did you move abroad?
After I finished my Master’s degrees in Denmark, I worked there for a while, but then decided it’s time for new adventures. My husband is Estonian (we met in Denmark) and I really thought Estonia is a really cosy country, yet constantly developing. I started applying for jobs online, when we were just discussing the idea of moving to Estonia; it all started more like a joke (“let’s see what happens”). But I got an offer really fast, so we decided to give it a go.



From Florida to Ireland: My Irish Journey

06 November, 2017 08:08  Erin Erin

Jay in Ireland Jay Murphy, age 54, born Chicago, Illinois, lived for the last 20 years in St. Petersburg, Florida. Moved to Dungarvan, Ireland in March of 2017.

1. Why did you move abroad?  
We moved for quite a few reasons. What put us over the top was the election of the president in the US. One of the other reasons was major seasonal allergy problems in Florida. We were fortunate enough to live in Germany for 4 years and really loved Europe and wanted to come back. It helps that my wife has dual citizenship for Ireland and the US.


From the Netherlands to Manchester: The Navigatio

23 October, 2017 07:25  Erin Erin

The Navigatio I'm Nele (pronounced as Nayla), a Dutch 22 year old girl who moved to Manchester, England in 2014. While studying English and Creative Writing, I also share my experiences and interests on my blog.

1.Why did you move abroad?
There’s two main reasons why I decided to move abroad at 18 years old that go hand in hand. One, my boyfriend is English. Two, I wanted to study English but not purely as a second language. When I discovered Manchester Metropolitan University offered an English and Creative Writing degree, I started planning my move. It was made a lot easier because I already knew my boyfriend and his family there, who have helped me massively!


D'Angers à Brême (Allemagne) : Angéliquement Vôtre

19 October, 2017 08:00  Expat Interviews Expat Interviews

Angéliquement VôtreJe m’appelle Angélique, je suis originaire d'Angers et j’habite depuis un an à Brême, dans le Nord de l’Allemagne.

1. Pourquoi êtes-vous partis à l'étranger ?

J’avais effectué de nombreux séjours prolongés à l’étranger pendant mes études dont en Allemagne et je me sentais vraiment bien dans ce pays. Cela étonne la plupart des gens mais l’Allemagne est un pays où il fait bon vivre ! Et puis je ne me voyais pas rester en France à la fin de mes études, la fièvre de l’étranger et du voyage m’ayant gagné depuis quelques années déjà … j’ai donc décidé de tenter ma chance et j’ai trouvé un poste en CDI avant la fin de mes études.


From Montreal to Provence: CuriousProvence

09 October, 2017 08:47  Erin Erin

Curious Provence My name is Ashley. I’ve moved to Provence, France from Montréal, Canada. It was quite a big change!

1. Why did you move abroad?
I moved with my partner in search of a slower way of life. I always loved Europe for the food, architecture, and work-life balance. The south of France is also gorgeous and sunny!


De España a Alemania: My Expat World

02 October, 2017 10:27  Erin Erin

My Expat World Hola. Mi nombre es Hor, soy Española y desde hace casi cuatro años vivo en Düsseldorf, Alemania.

1. ¿Por qué se fue al extranjero?
Siempre he sido muy inquieta, me gusta viajar, aprender idiomas, conocer nuevas culturas… Por lo que en cuanto acabé mis estudios decidí buscar trabajo fuera de mi país. Tras varias experiencias en el extranjero la vida, mejor dicho, una oportunidad profesional me trajo aquí y desde entonces (más de 3 años han pasado ya) vivo en Alemania.

2. ¿Cómo se gana la vida?
Trabajo en el área de Marketing Online para una empresa alemana.

Me gusta mi trabajo. Lo que más me gusta es los horarios de trabajo alemanes (En este país se sale de trabajar entre las 17.00-18.00 horas, lo que me permite tener bastante tiempo para mis amigos y mis hobbies) y las facilidades que se les da a los trabajadores para seguir desarrollándose profesionalmente.



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