Europe


From London to Brussels: La Petite Rose à Bruxelles

29 August, 2016 08:15  Erin Erin

la petite rose a bruxelles Hi, I’m Charlotte Rose (La Petite Rose à Bruxelles), I’m from London and I am currently living in Brussels with my boyfriend James. I moved to Brussels in January 2016 and James moved last September. This is James’ second expatriation and my first.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
The opportunity to move to Brussels arose when James moved with work. Before he accepted the job offer, we decided that I would also move. I had a few months notice on my work contract hence I joined a little later.

2.    How do you make a living?
I work in law and I was able to secure a job within six weeks of living in Brussels. Before I moved to Brussels, I did some Google research and met up with a career advisor. Things were looking bleak. There were jobs but nothing that suited my background. I was so busy with finishing up at work and moving that I put my search on hold.

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From the Netherlands to Macedonia: Living Abroad

22 August, 2016 08:05  Erin Erin

Lise Skopje Hi! My name is Lise and I was born and raised in the Netherlands. It has been 2 years ago, when I moved abroad to live in the capital of Macedonia, Skopje.

1. Why did you move abroad?
This sounds so cheesy, but I moved abroad for love. I met my boyfriend in 2010 on the island of Corfu. After three years of having a long distance relationship, I quit my job and packed my stuff to live in Skopje with him.

2. How do you make a living?
The first year I was unemployed, which was nice. I could get used to my new surroundings and meet a lot of new people. I found a job in a Dutch textile company, near Skopje. After a couple of months I got a better job offer and the opportunity to work something in my own field of expertise. Now I work for a Dutch software company, which has an office in Skopje and in the Netherlands. I am the only Dutch person in the company, all my co-workers are Macedonian. Even my boss from the Netherlands is actually half Macedonian. But I think I’m lucky to have found a good job here in Skopje.
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From the USA to Russia: Coffee + Cleveland

27 June, 2016 09:10  Erin Erin

Coffee + Cleveland I’m Jasilyn, a Clevelander, who has lived her whole live in the Midwest. At 26, I decided to pack up and move to Ufa, Russia.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
I just finished getting my certification to teach ESL in the United States when a friend asked me if I was interested in working in Ufa. I was working three part-time jobs at the time, so I wasn’t giving up a lot like many travel bloggers you read about. I have always been interested in Russia and learning Russian, so it was a relatively easy decision for me to make.

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From the UK to Bulgaria: Eat Stay Love Life

13 June, 2016 09:18  Erin Erin

Rebecca eat stay love lifeHello, my name is Rebecca. I’m originally from the UK and now living in Sofia, Bulgaria.

1.    Why did you move abroad?

I first moved abroad 2 years ago as I decided that I wanted to live in Dubai. I sold everything I owned, gave up my job and went to Dubai with the dream of finding a job and settling there for a few years. I stayed in Dubai for 2 years and then went on to the Caribbean for a year before moving to Bulgaria.

2.    How do you make a living?
I’ve always worked full time in sales and marketing. I have over 10 years of experience in this area and usually my jobs will involve dealing with international clients.
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From Spain to Germany: Duesseldorf Moments

06 June, 2016 08:38  Erin Erin

expat the worldHi! My name is Hor and I am living in Germany since more than two years ago. I came here due to professional reasons. At the beginning my plan was to stay in Düsseldorf one year. However, I fell in love with the entire NRW region since the first day I arrived in Germany.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
I moved to Germany because I received a job offer in a Spanish company located in Düsseldorf.  As I could speak a bit of German I decided to try it and I moved. Before moving I was expecting this experience to be something temporal (as my previous experiences abroad), however my mind changed the same day I came to Germany.

2.    How do you make a living?

As I decided to stay in Germany I started to look for another job. The first thing I did was to improve my German knowledge. I took language courses and I did the official exams (Germans love certificates…). Once I got all the German certificates I started looking for a job in a German company. No sooner said than done! Since almost one year I am working in a German company.
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From London to Bulgaria to Greece: The Balkan Blog

30 May, 2016 11:33  Erin Erin

Balkan Blog Patrick Brigham moved from London and is living in Rizia 68014 Northern Greece.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I moved to Bulgaria first, in order to open a branch of a well known London firm of Commercial Estate Agents, which came to nothing, but I stayed, started my own private agency, and then branched into the GSM market, as a major site acquisition agent.

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From Bermuda to Toronto to Sweden: Fresh Presse

09 May, 2016 13:05  Erin Erin

Fresh Presse Hello! My name is Sara Graham – an editor, yoga teacher and (brand new) author of How To Make Big Moves: Relocate Without Losing Your Mind. I was born and raised in Bermuda before leaving to attend a Canadian university. After I graduated, I remained in Toronto for about 15 years. I met my partner, Mario, and, well, read on to find out what happened next!

1.    Why did you move abroad?
My partner is a character artist and his industry is very transient. We met in 2011, when I was living in Toronto and he had just relocated from Italy for work. In 2013, he got offered a job in Prague and I joined him there in early 2014. 16 months later we left for his new opportunity (a video game startup) in Uppsala, Sweden.

2.    How do you make a living?
That has been an interesting experience as a freelance content producer. I have an EU/UK passport, which is helpful but, because of the rules (and headaches) around obtaining a work permit in the Czech Republic, I maintained contract work with companies in the US and Canada. This all worked well because I was still paying taxes in Canada. However, in order to diversify myself in a crowded freelance marketplace, I rebranded my business, while in Prague, to offer email marketing services.

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From UK to Vienna and Back Again: My Noah and Me

02 May, 2016 15:48  Erin Erin

Noah and me My name is Lara. I am English. I have just returned to the UK after living in Vienna for two years.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
My husband was posted to Vienna with his job.

2.    How do you make a living?
I am a teacher by trade, but I didn’t work whilst I was in Vienna.

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From the USA to Germany: Royal Little Lambs

18 April, 2016 08:24  Erin Erin

Royal Little Lambs Jennifer holds a M.Ed. in secondary English and is an introvert, geek, military wife, beer connoisseur, foodie, homeschool mom and international traveler.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
We moved to Germany almost 2 years ago when my husband transferred with his job in the US Air Force. We were told we’d be moving to New Jersey, so this was more exciting! It’s always been my dream to travel to or live in Europe.

2.    How do you make a living?
I left my job as an English professor about 10 years ago when I got married and we moved across the US. I began homeschooling my daughter, then we added 2 more girls to our family within 2 years! We now have a son also.

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From Venezuela to Vienna: Fun Side of Life

11 April, 2016 08:23  Erin Erin

Fun Side of Life Juan Hola! My name is Juan and I’m a Venezuelan living in Vienna, Austria.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
I believe that it doesn’t matter where you come from, we are all striving for the same thing in life and that is to be happy. Regardless of your background, you want to have a nice family, a nice job, health etc.
What culture does, is that it shapes the way you want to get there and it determines the standards of those things.

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