Europe


From the UK to Berlin: Where To Next?

19 June, 2017 08:07  Erin Erin

Where To Next?Hi there, my name’s Chloe and I’m a blogger at wheretonext.world! I’m originally from Teesside, England and after living there for most of my life, I decided to up and move to Berlin, Germany where I currently live with my boyfriend.

1. Why did you move abroad?

I took my first trip to Berlin at the age of 12 and completely fell in love with the city. After taking another trip to Munich at 14 and going back to Berlin again at 19, I was 100% certain that one day I was going to move to Germany. Although I do love my hometown, Teesside wasn’t very exciting and there were so many other places I wanted to experience. I knew that a short holiday never really gives you a true perspective of a place so that’s when we came up with the idea of becoming expats in several different countries through the course of our lives.
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From Poland to London: Project Abroad

29 May, 2017 08:06  Erin Erin

Project Abroad Hi everyone! My name is Marta, I grew up and studied in Poland and moved to London, UK in 2015. I am a psychologist by education, recruiter by profession, a trainer and blogger by passion.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
I was always eager to open an atlas and look through its different pages to see where the countries are, what the demographics looks like, how the economy differs, what natural resources are available etc. When I got older I added the passion for English language to the picture and got into intercultural communication midway through my studies. Intercultural psychology, reading about it in the books and educating myself prompted me to move abroad after finishing my studies to finally be able to experience it all by myself. And it indeed turned out to be quite an experience!

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From the UK to Wiesbaden: Live Work Germany

22 May, 2017 09:23  Erin Erin

live work germany I’m James, originally from Birmingham area, UK. Now living in the beautiful spa town of Wiesbaden, Germany. I run the blog Live Work Germany.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I had been thinking about it for a while. All of my friends were getting married so I thought back then that it was perfect time to take the plunge. I couldn’t really see myself staying in the UK….the weather is so depressing and the prettiest parts of the country are not where most of the jobs are. A German speaking country was the obvious choice because I had lived in Germany for a year as part of my studies.

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From Japan to France: Ma drole de vie

15 May, 2017 09:56  Erin Erin

Ma drole de vie Helllo, My name is Nozomi. I am Japanese and living in France. I moved to France a year ago. It was quite a change but so far I love living in France. Currently I am living in the north of France with my French boyfriend.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
I was dreaming of moving abroad ever since I was a child. I was not specifically wanting to move to France, but last year, I was lucky enough to get a job as a Japanese teacher in France. I took French as my minor in university and I knew a great deal about French culture and French language, so I didn’t take time to say YES to the job offer. Also, my French boyfriend (who used to work in Asia) got the current job at almost same time as my job offer, we decided to move (move back for my boyfriend) to France.

2.    How do you make a living?
I work for a school and I teach Japanese mainly to 10-12 year old half-French, half-Japanese children as their first language (heritage language). Not only Japanese language, as some of the kids have strong attachment to Japan/Japanese culture, I also teach them Japanese culture and how to behave in Japan, the same thing they are teaching in elementary school in Japan so that in the future if they get to live in Japan, they do not have problems.

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De Argentina a Suiza: Che Negrita

08 May, 2017 10:41  Erin Erin

Che Negrita Hola! Mi nombre es Clara, soy argentina nacida en los ´90 y actualmente vivo en Suiza con mi esposo. Luego de haber vivido 3 años en Florianópolis, Brasil, en agosto del 2016 decidimos vender lo que teníamos y empezar una nueva vida, de nuevo, en Lugano.

1. ¿Por qué se fue al extranjero?

Por amor. Por más cursi que suene a veces, ese fue el motivo principal. A comienzos del 2012 mi marido viajó por unos meses a Florianópolis a hacer una capacitación a la sede central de la empresa para la cual trabajaba. Yo estaba recién recibida y las oportunidades en mi ciudad eran pocas y llevábamos muchos meses separados, entonces decidimos irnos a vivir juntos allá. Estuvimos allí 3 años y unos meses atrás decidimos emprender una nueva aventura juntos. Él consiguió trabajo por internet y con eso definido, vendimos nuestras cosas, metimos lo que entró en 4 valijas y nos vinimos a Lugano. Es una ciudad del Cantón de Ticino, la zona italiana de Suiza, a solo una hora en tren de Milán.

2. ¿Cómo se gana la vida (Su trabajo: Háblenos de su experiencia)
Durante los años que viví en Florianópolis trabajé como diseñadora gráfica y gerente en una empresa de Comunicación Visual. Tenía muy poca experiencia laboral cuando comencé y fui muy afortunada de conseguir un puesto en esta empresa dónde me dieron la posibilidad de crecer no solo profesionalmente sino también como persona.  Con solo 6 meses en esta nueva ciudad y sin manejar bien el italiano aún no he conseguido trabajo pero tengo fe de que pronto aparecerán nuevas oportunidades de desarrollo.
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From England to Spain: The Madrid Guiri

24 April, 2017 08:07  Erin Erin

The Madrid Guiri My name is Nathan Brenville, I’m from England; I’m an artist and I keep an illustrated blog about my experiences in Spain called The Madrid Guiri (www.madridguiri.com)

1.    Why did you move abroad?
My girlfriend is Spanish, we lived for several years in London but Spain became more and more attractive – she missed her friends and, like most Brits probably, I’d always had a desire to live the “Mediterranean lifestyle” – but more specifically Madrid offered me everything I wanted – better weather, cheaper rents, great food, friendly people, and more social habits, while still being a busy, capital city full of life and things going on that I’d become used to from 13 years in London.
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From England to Ireland to Italy: Piemonte Dreams

10 April, 2017 09:41  Erin Erin

Piemonte Dreams Hi, I’m Clare. I moved from Dublin to Piemonte in Northern Italy. I have lived in 5 countries as an adult and am originally from England but certainly, at 42 and having left England at 23, I don’t feel very English, I also got my Irish citizenship last year and Irish passport so am officially Irish, which is a good thing with Brexit looming!  The longest place I have lived was the 14 years I spent in Dublin.  But because of my Dublin experience and all the opportunities it afforded me, particularly in the boom years, I have been able to fulfil my long-time dream of living in Italy.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Over the last 10 years, I, and my partner have been self-employed and have grown our own separate businesses, it was the realisation, three years ago, that with all the wonderful technology at our finger tips it is not actually necessary to live in one fixed place, we can work and service our clients from anywhere with a decent internet connection and similar time zone. So, we decided to bank as much money as possible, and saved hard, by barely going out for two years, to buy a small holding in Italy and we moved here full time in 2016.

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From Georgia to Innsbruck: Dragons and Rockets

03 April, 2017 10:01  Erin Erin

Bridget Innsbruck Hi I’m Bridget and I’m from a small town in south Georgia and I currently live in Innsbruck, Austria.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
My husband was offered a Post-Doctoral position at the University of Innsbruck and we decided to it would be a good opportunity for us to do some traveling and live in Europe.

2.    How do you make a living?
I am a technical assistant for two research in the Department of Ecology at the University of Innsbruck. I was very lucky to be offered an interview as many positions want someone who speaks German fluently or who is from the area.
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From Ohio to Germany: The Dusty Compass

06 February, 2017 09:18  Erin Erin

Dusty Compass Hallo zusammen, or hello everyone! I’m Danny, and in case you haven’t noticed, I really love traveling and living abroad. Originally from Ohio, I’ve witnessed a revolution in Egypt, taught English to schoolchildren in Stuttgart, been on top of the world’s tallest building (the Burj Khalifa, in case you’re wondering), and gotten Delhi Belly from India. But most of the time, I’m working an ordinary nine-to-five job in Frankfurt, Germany.

1.    Why did you move abroad?

I’ve actually moved abroad on five separate occasions: twice as a kid for two summers in England, once as a yearlong high school exchange student in Germany, once during a university semester abroad in the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, and then my most recent move to Germany, where I’ve been living since 2012.

This last segment came about as a result of a bit of soul-searching. After graduating from university, I didn’t know where to go or what to do. All I knew is that I loved learning foreign languages, traveling, and experiencing different cultures. So I decided to take a gap year and teach English in Germany. I loved it so much, however, that I scrapped my plans to return to the U.S. and ended up staying here!
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From California to England: ClariMichele

16 January, 2017 07:27  Erin Erin

ClariMichele Hello fellow expats! I’m Clarissa from clarimichele.com. My husband Andrew and I moved from California to England in 2015. So far it’s been an amazing, challenging experience.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
I decided to move abroad because why not? I’ve always wanted to live in Europe, and when Andrew’s job gave us the opportunity to move to the UK, we decided to take it. We were engaged at the time, and we ended up moving 9 months after we got married. We’ve taken advantage of our new location by traveling as much as possible around Europe. So far we’ve been to Budapest, Italy, Prague, Vienna, and Berlin.
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