Europe


From the Ukraine to London to the Czech Republic: TinyExpats

25 May, 2015 13:56  Erin Erin

tiny expats My name’s Yuliya and I’m Ukrainian. I left home at 17 and moved to UK to study. In the following 15 years I got married to a Russian, had two daughters, moved around between UK, Germany, China, Russia and Czech Republic, where we’re all based at the moment.

1. Why did you move abroad?

Just after I graduated from school in Ukraine, my parents sent me to London to get a degree. I lived there for 7 years, first as a student, then as a young professional. My husband and I met while attending the same business school. He had a job opportunity in Germany and that’s how I became a trailing spouse. We continued to relocate partially to help him with his career growth, but also because we enjoy travelling and experiencing new countries.

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From the Philippines to Belgium: I am Aileen

13 April, 2015 08:39  Erin Erin

I am Aileen My name is Aileen Adalid and I am the creative mind behind the travel blog ‘I am Aileen’. I was born in a small island in the Philippines called as Batanes and when I was 21, I quit my corporate job in the country’s capital to follow my dreams and travel the world. Today, I am staying in Antwerp, Belgium and it has been almost a year since I got here!

1. Why did you move abroad?

Mainly because of my desire and hunger for adventure. I have always wanted to explore the globe so that I can get acquainted to different cultures, customs, and people that are outside my home country. Now this actually used to be a plan that I wanted to achieve through the company that I worked for, but then I realized that I can achieve those dreams by myself through a kind of work that I really loved. So I quit and I absolutely don’t regret my decision at all! I first started exploring countries in Asia, but eventually, I ended up staying here in Belgium with my partner as we try to figure out if we’re going to stay here or move to another place again after a couple of years.
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From NYC to London: Drive on the Left

06 April, 2015 09:43  Erin Erin

Drive on the left My name is Drew Seaman and my wife is Julie Smith. I am originally from Maine and Julie is from Indiana, but we most recently lived in NYC prior to relocating abroad. We moved to London in September of 2013.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Julie was offered an opportunity, on relatively short notice, to move to the UK. We had always spoken to each other about a desire at some point to live in another country and Julie made it known to her company that she was quite keen for a foreign assignment. Julie wants to eventually take over the world, so it seemed like a natural next step.
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From Pennsylvania to the UK: Expatrimummy

16 March, 2015 11:42  Erin Erin

Expatrimummy ginny Hi! I'm Ginny Williams, an American by way of Pennsylvania, Virginia, and northern Ohio. I grew up in Lancaster County, PA, went to grad school in Northern VA and lived in Ohio for 13 years before moving to the UK in 2011.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I met my husband in England in 1995 when I was on a 6-month work visa through the BUNAC (British Universities North American Club) program. We were married in the UK in 1996 and lived in Berkshire for just over a year before a company transfer to Ohio, where we intended to stay for 2 years. 13 years, two homes, two kids and two cats later, we moved to southeastern England to be closer to his family and to expand our family's horizons.
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From Maryland to Germany: Haustiere und Menschen

09 February, 2015 22:20  Erin Erin

Haustiere und Menschen Hello world, my name is Andrew.  In April of 2014, I  moved to Germany with my wife, Julie,  and our two dogs (Bella and Duffy).   Our lives were forever changed in November of 2013 -  when I proposed to Julie at Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida.  The week after our engagement she was offered a position to move abroad to Germany. We planned our wedding in thirty-two days and were wed in Baltimore, Maryland.  Some logistical errors delayed our move, but we took advantage of the situation and vacationed in Costa Rica for a week before we found our new home in Homburg, Germany.

1. Why did you move abroad?

My wife was offered a contracting position in Germany. Of course, our only caveat was to ensure our dogs could expatriate with us - flying in the cabin, not in doggy cargo.  When Julie first told me about the job, my immediate response was, “absolutely, let’s move.”  Why…?   I firmly believe that if an opportunity to relocate abroad presents itself, take advantage of it - become immersed in another culture, challenge yourself, travel, and embrace new experiences.
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From the USA to Austria: American in Vienna

02 February, 2015 09:06  Erin Erin

american in vienna Hi everyone! My name is Michelle and I am from the United States, but I am currently living in the awesome city of Vienna, Austria with my husband.

In my free-time I like to share my findings and discoveries of Vienna in my blog, ''American in Vienna.'' I'm a foodie fan, so many of my posts are food reviews of recommended restaurants as well as cool places to check out in the city, while other posts are of personal insights I have about living abroad.

1. Why did you move abroad?
My husband. We met through friends and wanted to be together for the remainder of our lives. I always wanted to live and work in a foreign country so things fell into place and I made the decision to move to Vienna.
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From Sweden to Beijing to Cologne: Chasing Linda

19 January, 2015 09:26  Erin Erin

Chasing Linda Hi everyone! I'm Linda, a 20-year old girl from Sweden. In 2013 I moved to Beijing to work as an English teacher and study Mandarin at the same time. I came back home to Sweden in March 2014 for work, but soon I'm off again. This time I'll be moving to Cologne to study German.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I'm not even sure how this happened! I had applied to universities and was accepted at the universities of Aberdeen and Manchester, but somehow I decided to decline both universities. Instead I started looking for ways to travel, but I didn't have much money. Then I came across a non-profit Chinese agency that needed English teachers to come to Beijing to work for Chinese families, so that's how I ended up in Beijing.
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From England to Spain: This is Alicante Life

08 December, 2014 09:17  Erin Erin

alicante life My name is Sarah Berenguer and I am originally from Great Yarmouth in Norfolk, England.  I currently live in Alicante city in Spain and have been here for 10 years now.

1. Why did you move abroad?
My dad was born the old town in Alicante and moved to England when he was young, but he never taught me Spanish or spoke to me about the culture as I was growing up.  I was curious as I got older so decided to take evening classes while working in London to learn the language.  I went on holiday a few times to Alicante and enjoyed my visits, especially one particular time during the local fiestas of San Juan, or also known as Las Hogueras.  I had no ties to London (apart from a fantastic job in a design team renovating luxury hotels) and I decided to take the plunge and try living here.  I set myself up with a job before moving over and as soon as I arrived enrolled in a language school to learn as quickly as possible.
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From Australia to Portugal: Warneys Whip

27 October, 2014 09:47  Erin Erin

Warneys Whip My name is Sarah Warne, but in Australia I’m known as Warney. Here in Portugal, where I moved to 4 years ago, I’m known as “Sara”, and I gave up trying to get people to pronounce SARAH, and the Warney nickname I don’t think will be one that will catch on.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Originally I headed over to Portugal to find my mum a Lustiano, which is the Portuguese national horse, and after finding her horse, I stumbled across Batialo; future best mate and love of my life. After that, I kept telling mum I would stay just one more month, just one more month, and Batialo kept getting bigger and better, and one day I decided I was going to stay here and one day make the Olympics!
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From Maryland to Bergen: An American in Norway

29 September, 2014 08:47  Erin Erin

An American in Norway Wife, empty-nester mom, daughter, sister, aunt ... student, teacher ... friend ... freelance musician, web designer, and virtual assistant ... pet devotee ... traveler, expat ... volunteer ... hooked on historical fiction and advice columns ... never too far away from my Spotify and iPod playlists ...

I'm Cindi, a fifty-six year old American in Norway. I've lived in nine States in the U.S., but consider Maryland my U.S. home; I lived there for fifteen years before moving to Norway.

All those hats I wear, and where I've lived in this world, come together and affect my writing in my blog at cindi-keller.com.

1. Why did you move abroad?
My Norwegian husband had a company in the U.S. when we first met. When his work took him back to Norway, I joined him in 2007.
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