Middle East


From Indonesia to Turkey: Alanya, Turkish Riviera, Turkiye

02 March, 2015 12:32  Erin Erin

Alanya, Turkish Riviera, Turkiye Hi there! I am Dian from Indonesia. Since April 2005, I live in Alanya, Turkey. So, the now chapter of my life is a Long Vacation in Alanya.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Internet made my dream come true. Through internet, I met my soulmate. He is a Turk. He came to Indonesia to marry me and brought me here. We settle down in Alanya, his hometown.

2. How do you make a living?

I work from home. I am author, ghostwriter, blogger, and graphic & web designer. I do those jobs from home. Until now, I am writing books and my books are published in my home country. My published books are Muslimah Mompreneur, Womenpreneur Checklist, and Best of Turki (duet).
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From New Jersey to Turkey to New York: Bended Brains

01 December, 2014 11:57  Erin Erin

Bended Brain My name is Jeremy Bender, and I am currently living large (or at least attempting to) in Astoria, New York.

I was originally from New Jersey, and I spent the first 21 years of my life there. My family were all big travelers, so I was inspired to see as much of the world as I could. So far I have lived in two countries and traveled to another ten or so, but I still get constant wanderlust.

I blogged about my time abroad, as well as on random musings, over at bendedbrains.com. I hope to see you there!

1. Why did you move abroad?

I always knew I wanted to move away from New Jersey for some length of time, after having lived there almost continuously for the entirety of my life. In college I studied Middle Eastern studies with a focus on Turkey, and I was fortunate enough to receive a Fulbright grant upon graduation to go live in eastern Turkey for an academic year.
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From England to Dubai: Footsteps of a Wanderer

21 July, 2014 09:38  Erin Erin

Footsteps of a WandererSam is a PR and social media consultant from England, who moved to Dubai on her own in January 2006, promising her family it would only be for two years. Over the many years that followed she has been busy sharing the less well known parts of the UAE - across deserts, mountains, beaches and even underwater - on her blog 'Footsteps of a Wanderer', along with a lot of other useful travel advice.

1. Why did you move abroad?
My dad had been living in Abu Dhabi and I came for a visit and saw a lot of potential. Things were tough in the UK and I had no ties, so I contacted a few PR agencies when I arrived and as an experienced PR and events person with native English, I was in high demand - I came back from the two week holiday with two offer letters and handed in my notice!
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From the USA to Kuwait: American Girl's World

30 June, 2014 10:22  Erin Erin

American Girl's World kuwait Hi there! My name is Diane and I’m from central North Carolina in the U.S.A. I lived in Kuwait for a bit more than 10 years, married a local, and we moved back to my hometown in North Carolina last year. We continue to maintain our home in Kuwait and travel back and forth several times a year so I guess it’s safe to say we live in both countries now.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I had completed my education and found myself seeking something challenging beyond the typical 9-5 workday.
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From the Philippines to Kuwait: Wisemummy81

05 May, 2014 07:43  Erin Erin

Wisemummy81 Hi I’m Rowella better known as wiseummy81 in the worldwide web; I’m currently in Kuwait from the island of the Philippines.

1. Why did you move abroad?
To grant my mother’s wish, be with my family and to find better opportunity

2. How do you make a living?

I’m currently working as procurement officer in a petroleum company in Kuwait.
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From France to Libya: Diary of a Serial Expat

21 April, 2014 10:21  Erin Erin

This talented blogger presented her interview in both English & French! Read her English interview first, with the French interview below.

Diary of an expat My name is Jameela I was born in France and I now live In Zawia, Libya after having spent 10 years in England and Wales.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Because I’m a serial expat! More seriously I was looking for better job opportunities and I wanted to leave cold England for a sunny destination. After some time looking here and there Libya found us.

2. How do you make a living?
I’m working as an ESL teacher. The job is easy because you’re pretty much free to teach whatever and however you like, but Libya is a country in a post-war / transition period and things are not always easy.
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Von Deutschland nach Türkei: What About my Pencilskirt?

31 March, 2014 10:23  Erin Erin

What About my PencilskirtIch bin die Frau hinter http://www.what-about-my-pencilskirt.com. Ich heiße Constance Grunewald-Petschke, bin 36 Jahre alt, verheiratet und lebe zur Zeit in Istanbul.

1.  Warum bist du ins Ausland umgezogen?
Mein Mann wurde im Sommer letzten Jahres von seinem Arbeitgeber hierher entsendet. Für mich als interkulturellen Coach war das eine tolle Gelegenheit, mein Wissen und meine Erfahrungen weiter auszubauen, neue Menschen und inspirierende Orte kennenzulernen und ein wenig die wohltuende Sonne des Südens zu genießen.
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From Scotland to Hong Kong to Dubai: Fit Chicks and Fast Women

27 January, 2014 09:00  Erin Erin

fit chicks & fast women

My name is Tori, or Victoria, when I’m being told off! I’m originally from Scotland but am a true expat brat having spent much of my life in Hong Kong. I moved to Dubai at the beginning of 2008 and today, I split my time between Durban and Dubai.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I moved to Dubai with my then hubbie, Aiden, who had a wonderful new opportunity to further his career in the wine industry. We always had a spirit for adventure and a lust for embracing life, so thought, why not?!
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From the Philippines to the UAE: The Geek Chronicles

13 January, 2014 07:54  Erin Erin

Geek ChroniclesI am Gail Monique, a twenty something year old social media specialist and freelance writer. I love anything that has to do with food (cooking, eating, and more eating), rain, collecting rubber duckies (don't ask!) and taking out lines from good books, movies and lyrics. I currently live in Sharjah, an Emirate 20 minutes away from Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates. .

1. Why did you move abroad?

My move abroad was a result of a healing process after I lost my father to cancer two years ago. I figured that I needed a major change in environment to deal with my grief and Abu Dhabi was my first choice because this was where I went to high school.
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From Ireland to Riyadh: A Long Way to go For a Sun Tan

16 December, 2013 09:24  Erin Erin

A Long Way to Go for A Sun TanNoel Scanlon is my name, I’m from Ireland and have been in this region now for almost three years. I’m from the West of Ireland in Co. Clare and emigrated in 2011, as a result of the economic problems back home, I sadly lost my own business as a result of the post 2008 crash and burn in Ireland and came initially to work in Afghanistan in 2011, which was an amazing experience.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Economics, I lost my business after the 2008 crash and burn in Ireland, and needed to earn to support my family and repay my mortgage and other debt back home. It was never in my plan to come to the Middle East, and as I said before, I initially worked in Afghanistan for a year before being offered this position here in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
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