Europe


From New Zealand to Australia to Finland: Hey Helsinki

10 August, 2015 08:07  Erin Erin

hey helsinki Hi, my name is Mel. I’m a New Zealander who lived in Sydney, Australia for 11 years before relocating with my husband and son to Helsinki, Finland. Sydney had its coldest two days in a row in 20 years this week, with a forecast of 13 degrees Celsius. In Finland we now call that a warm spring day and are out eating ice cream!

1. Why did you move abroad?
My husband is a games artist and Finland is the place to be right now in terms of great opportunities in the industry. When he got a job here we knew we had to come, although it was a fairly tough decision given it’s a 26-hour flight from home.  
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From Pakistan to Germany: A Pakistani in the Bundesrepublik

03 August, 2015 08:07  Erin Erin

A Pakistani In the Bundesrepublik My name’s Kamran and I come from Karachi, Pakistan. Karachi is a huuuuge city of about 20 million people and growing and is Pakistan’s largest. From Karachi, I have moved to a tiny town in Germany with a population of 50,000. It’s located on the Rhineland and is near(ish) to Düsseldorf. It’s the sort of city which abruptly ends and gives way to the countryside where there are more cows than people.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I moved abroad to study. Actually, Germany wasn’t even on my list of countries to apply for my Masters degree. It just happened by accident. I call it the best accident ever.

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From Rome to Dublin: Love isn't for everyone

27 July, 2015 08:38  Erin Erin

love isn't for everyone rome in dublin My name is Aurora. People normally call me either Au or Rory. I come from Rome, currently I live in Dublin, Ireland.

1. Why did you move abroad?
When I was 23 I moved to Barcelona for a while and I found there a great place to live in! But I had to go back to Italy to complete my bachelor’s degree.

Then I decided to move abroad again and to learn a different language, English! For this reason I picked Ireland and after 7 years I still enjoy living here
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From Mexico to Germany: Life in German

13 July, 2015 09:55  Erin Erin

Life in German Hello, my name is Diana. I was born in Mexico and I moved to Germany with my husband and daughter a month after getting my bachelors degree in 2012.

1. Why did you move abroad?
My husband, Pablo,  received a scholarship to do his masters in Germany, and instead of him coming alone we accompanied him on this new adventure.
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From Germany to Iceland: Sky as a Kite (Tine's Blog)

08 June, 2015 09:35  Erin Erin

sky as a kite My name is Christina also known as Tine, Efia or Efiabruni because I’m a Russian spy posing as an indecisive German. I first moved abroad after finishing high school in Germany, as I needed some time to figure out what I wanted to do. I volunteered for a year in Iceland and found myself returning again and again until I gave up and admitted this is my home now.

I’m currently trying to juggle my day job with political activism, opening a micro bakery, hacking around on my blog script and life in Reykjavík/Iceland in general.   

1. Why did you move abroad?
I really wanted to see Iceland, but did not have the money to come as a tourist, so I volunteered with the European Volunteer Service, which is one of the few organisations, which does not make you pay to work (but pays below minimum wage anyway).

Living abroad for a year changed my mindset and it never occurred to me to limit myself to Germany after this experience. I studied physiotherapy in Amsterdam, a city I loved to live in, yet grew restless enough to do one of my internships in Ghana and be an exchange student in Iceland for half a year. Though mainly based in Iceland I have also lived in China and Chile and traveled extensively.

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From Vancouver to Stuttgart: Kaffee und Kuchen

01 June, 2015 08:16  Erin Erin

Kaffee und Kuchen Hello! My name is Meredith and I am from Vancouver in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. I currently live just outside of Stuttgart in southern Germany. Shortly after moving abroad, I started writing my blog Kaffee und Kuchen to describe my experiences living as an expat in Germany.

1. Why did you move abroad?
After five and a half years of being in a long distance relationship, I moved to Germany in 2013 to live with my German fiancé. After being apart for so many years, we are now happy to be married and living together in Germany.

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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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