Middle East

Von Deutschland nach T├╝rkei: 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.


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?!


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.


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.


De France ├á Madrid ├á Sulaymaniyah: Femme fran├žaise en Irak

09 September, 2013 09:07  Erin Erin

Femme francaise en Irak Je m’appelle Florence. Je me suis installée en Espagne, à Madrid, lorsque j’avais 24 ans. Et depuis janvier 2013, j’habite à Sulaymaniyah, la capitale culturelle du Kurdistan iraquien.

1. Pourquoi êtes-vous partis à l'étranger ?

A Madrid, je n’avais plus de travail, ma dernière fille a passé son bac et est allée s’installer à Paris pour ses études et elle a même emmené le chat. Dans le même temps, l’entreprise de mon mari lui a proposé un poste en Irak. Il m’a dit « Il serait peut être temps que tu découvres un autre pays ? ». J’ai dit « oui » sans réfléchir. C’était maintenant ou jamais. (More)


From London to Turkey: Turkey with Stuff In

17 June, 2013 11:44  Erin Erin

Turkey with Stuff In It kym Hello to you wherever you are :) I’m Kym and I live in Turkey where the word Kim means ‘who’…. that’s been fun! I am married to a native, Murat, and my surname is now Ciftci which means ‘Farmer’ – I’m also a Turkish citizen now and with that I took a Turkish name so you can also call me Sevda if you wish. When it comes to names I am not at all precious – My husband calls me things like ‘Woody’ (when I had red hair and looked like Woody Woodpecker apparently). Sometimes ‘Dinosh’ after Dino in the Flintstones and his new favorite is Balina (whale). The last one being the least flattering, but I have to say he only started that one after I named him Hippo Murat, a name I have also taught the village kids to say :)

I have a son from a previous life and he calls me ‘Moosh’ – So you see, I really don’t mind what you call me, as long as it’s not rude.

1. Why did you move abroad?

I was your typical suburban resident with a nice house, a decent car and a great job, albeit a stressful one with a lot of responsibility. Whether it was down to stress or not I don’t know but I became ill and eventually had an operation. The operation was not a complete success; the surgeon nicked one of my organs and I ended up bleeding internally. This meant I needed a second operation and that also did not go as well as it should have and when I woke up covered in drips and drains and feeling a hundred years old, I decided life was too short. That was the turning point.


From Germany to Turkey: Passion Taking Flight

18 February, 2013 11:25  Erin Erin

Passion Taking Flight moe My name is Maureen, but everyone calls me 'Moe' or in Turkey 'Meryem' since my name is confusing for them. I was born in Germany and am dual citizen with US and Germany, now living in Istanbul, Turkey.  

1. Why did you move abroad?
I really have no reason why and I think its weird. I guess because it just felt natural. I was born in a family that is multi-cultural, traveled a lot and we were visiting family throughout Europe when we had the chance. As I got older and more independent, I frequently traveled on my own or with a friend. We came to Turkey on a whim (because Egypt was out of our budget!) and I fell in love with the vibrance of the city, the people, the culture and really how different it was from being raised in Seattle.


From Florida to England to Kuwait: Educated Abroad

31 December, 2012 09:41  Erin Erin

educated abroad My name is Gary and I’m originally from the Great State of Florida. I’ve been married for 15 years to a wonderful German lady named Alex.  My wife and I have one son, Christopher, who will shortly turn seven.  Some of the cities we’ve called home are: Serbia, USA, Canada, Germany, Luxembourg and England.  We currently live in Kuwait City, Kuwait.

1. Why did you move abroad?
How we ended up in Kuwait has more to do with my wife’s profession than anything else.  Because of her job, a Foreign Service Diplomat, our family moves regularly and quite frequently; on average every two to four years, depending on the needs of my wife’s government.  Prior to Kuwait City, we were posted to London, England for four years.


From the Philippines to Saudi Arabia: I Live in Yanbu

08 November, 2012 10:11  Erin Erin

i live in yanbu profile My name is Raymund and I come from the Philippines. I live in Yanbu, a small industrial city west of Saudi Arabia. I moved here to work six years ago but have not really learned to consider it home. I spend my summer vacations in Manila. Someday, I know I will have to leave Yanbu and go back to the Philippines.  

1. Why did you move abroad?
Like millions of Filipino migrant workers around the world, we go abroad to find better work opportunities so we can make our lives better and help our families who are left behind. From domestics to executives, we are called the OFWs (Overseas Filipino Worker) and considered as modern heroes back home.


From Seattle to Istanbul: Postcards from Istanbul

24 September, 2012 09:35  Erin Erin

postcards from istanbul adrian My name is Adrian. I am from a small island outside of Seattle. I grew up in a world of beach bonfires and bustling coffee shops, surrounded by mountains, trees and the Puget Sound. Currently, I call Istanbul home. Istanbul is a city of beautiful chaos, incredible hospitality and constant activity.

1. Why did you move abroad?
During college, I spent one semester in London. Every day was a new adventure. I had friends from all over the world and I travelled on a regular basis. The moment I returned to US soil, I felt inhibited and yearned to return to life in a global city. As I approached my college graduation, I was full of wanderlust. I purchased a one-way ticket to Istanbul. I came with the intention to live in Turkey for a year. Three years later I am still here…


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