From the Netherlands to Italy: Living in Italy

09 April, 2018 09:41  Erin Erin

Living in Italy Hi, I am Stef Smulders, 57 years old and I moved ten years ago from The Netherlands to Italy with husband and dog. I now live in the small village Montecalvo Versiggia in the Oltrepò Pavese wine region, 50 miles south of Milan in Lombardy, where we have our B&B Villa I Due Padroni.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
I was doing a master in Medieval Culture and was supposed to study half a year abroad, for which I chose the university of Pavia. But, secretely, we were already considering a permanent move as we dreamt of starting an bed and breakfast.

2.    How do you make a living?
We earn our money with our B&B. Hosting guests is a fantastic experience in which you meet a lot of nice people.



De Labenne-Océan (Landes) vers la Costa Blanca (Espagne) : One.beautifullife

15 March, 2018 08:00  Expat Interviews Expat Interviews

Hola, Je m’appelle Anaïs, j’ai 24 ans et je viens des Landes. Après plusieurs voyages notamment en nouvelle Zélande, en Nouvelle-Calédonie, en Thaïlande et au Japon, j’ai décidé de vivre une nouvelle aventure sur l’Espagne depuis 1 an déjà !

1. Pourquoi êtes-vous partis à l'étranger ?
Pour être sincère mon premier voyage à était un voyage « forcé » par mes parents à mes 18 ans. Je ne savais pas vraiment ce que voyager était ! Suite à une année sabbatique en Nouvelle-Zélande, Nouvelle Calédonie et Thaïlande, j’ai pris le goût des voyages ! Il était devenu difficile de m’en passer.

Suite à une opportunité professionnelle sur la Nouvelle-Calédonie, j’ai pris la décision d’y partir quelque temps. Après une année  Je suis retourné sur la France en profitant d’un petit arrêt sur Tokyo durant une semaine. Arrivée en France il ne m’a pas fallu plus de trois jours pour prendre la décision de repartir !

En effet, après un appelle téléphonique de mes parents installés en Espagne depuis 8 mois, me voilà dans la voiture direction Javea à la recherche d’une nouvelle aventure !



De la Bretagne à Madrid en Espagne : La Vida de Marine

01 March, 2018 08:00  Expat Interviews Expat Interviews

Hola a todos ! Je m’appelle Marine, j’ai 24 ans, je viens de Rennes et j’habite maintenant à Madrid depuis un peu plus d’un an.

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

Parce que c’est GE-NIAL ! Plus sérieusement : j’ai réalisé une grosse partie de mes études à l’étranger et je me voyais mal retourner vivre et travailler en France. Après avoir vécu deux ans à Madrid en 2013-2014, je suis partie à Amsterdam faire un stage de 6 mois puis dans une petite ville d’Angleterre pour 6 mois à l’université.

Avoir quitté Madrid la première fois avait été un grand déchirement pour moi, c’est pourquoi j’ai décidé de tout mettre en oeuvre pour revenir en décrochant mon stage de fin d’études ici (à Madrid donc !!!).



From Morocco to the Netherlands to Germany: Little Origin

26 February, 2018 10:17  Erin Erin

Little Origin GermanyMy name is Essma, I was born in Morocco, moved with my family to The Netherlands in ’85 and in 2014 I moved with my husband and daughter to Germany where we still live. Our son is born here and made our family complete!

1.    Why did you move abroad?
We’ve moved to Frankfurt because my husband was offered a job here.

2.    How do you make a living?
I used to be a primary school teacher in my native country (The Netherlands). Here in Frankfurt it is very heard to continue my work in the same way as I did. The reason for this was that my level of speech has to be C2 and since it’s quite challenging to achieve that, I was forced to find another job to keep myself busy. Now I work as a Dutch Trainer on a freelance base and next to that I work on my blog and love photography.


De Lima a Barcelona: Remorada y el Sr. Torres

19 February, 2018 08:13  Erin Erin

Remorada y el Sr. Torres ¡Hola! Soy Fran, también conocida como Remorada. Nací en Lima, Perú, y desde hace 11 años y pico vivo en Barcelona.

1. ¿Por qué se fue al extranjero?
Conocí a mi marido catalán en un foro de manga (cómic japonés), después de casi dos años comunicándonos a distancia nos desvirtualizamos, nos gustamos ¡y nos casamos! Él fue el motivo por el que metí mi vida en dos maletas.   

2. ¿Cómo se gana la vida?
Soy ingeniera forestal y comunicadora ambiental. En Lima tenía un trabajo apasionante, pero en Barcelona cumplí mi sueño de trabajar en el área de comunicación de una ONG dedicada a la conservación de la naturaleza.
Actualmente estoy en paro, pero espero que no por mucho tiempo más.



Da Meleti a Copenhagen: Tramps in Love

12 February, 2018 09:54  Erin Erin

Tramps in Love Ciao!
Sono Giovanna, nata e cresciuta nella bassa Pianura Padana a Meleti, dallo scorso agosto sono ri-tornata (per la terza volta!) a vivere nella bellissima Copenhagen, e... speriamo di rimanerci qualche anno.

1. Perché ti sei trasferito all'estero?
Mi sono trasferita all’estero, la prima volta proprio in Danimarca, per seguire mio marito e il suo lavoro che ci porta a trasferirci continuamente.


From Toronto to Düsseldorf: Life in Düsseldorf

05 February, 2018 08:59  Erin Erin

Life in DusseldorfMy name is Jenna Davis, I am a 26-year-old Canadian expat originally from Toronto, Ontario and now living in Düsseldorf, Germany.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I moved abroad for a reason that many other expats around the world might also be familiar to. I moved for love. I met my (German) husband almost 6 years ago while I was backpacking across South Africa during my very first press trip as an international travel blogger (I’ve now visited more than 50 countries). Two years later, I decided to make the big leap, quitting my marketing job in the city and moving to Germany to see how our relationship would blossom. So far, so good!


From London to Bulgaria: Bulgarian Slivatree

29 January, 2018 09:21  Erin Erin

Bulgarian Slivatree Hello Everybody,
May I introduce myself? My name is Martin, originally from London and now living a better life in the City of Yambol in Southeast Bulgaria. I have been with my lovely Bulgarian partner Galia since meeting her in 2006.

1. Why did you move abroad?
The main reasons were to escape from the UK and move to a place that suited my ideals. Namely, living economically without being suppressed by materialistic wants and living a life without waste away from a throwaway society. My ideals are akin to the way of life for most Bulgarians in Bulgaria albeit my choice and opposed to no choice for many Bulgarians.



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.


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