Middle East


De France à Madrid à Sulaymaniyah: Femme française 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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From Surrey to Minneapolis to Dubai: Circles in the Sand

30 August, 2012 09:01  Erin Erin

circles in the sand desertI write under the pseudonym Dubaiunveiled, because when we moved to the Middle East in 2008 I realised there are lots of misconceptions about this region of the world (“Will you have to wear a veil?” was one of the questions I was asked before moving). I’m originally from Surrey in the UK, but we relocated to the UAE from Minneapolis in the US.

1. Why did you move abroad?
My husband, a pilot, is responsible for all our moves! He’s American (I’m British), so I eloped with him to Florida five days after marrying. We spent about five years in the US, before moving to Dubai so he could fly bigger airplanes. We like to keep things interesting – and sunshine.
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De Barcelona a Abu Dhabi: Abu Phampi

27 August, 2012 10:12  Erin Erin

AbuPhampi waterMi nombre periodístico es Abu Phampi… nací hace 30 anos (con un nombre normal ;P ) en la localidad catalana de Lleida, a pocos km de Barcelona, y ya no me acuerdo de lo que es ponerme un jersey, un abrigo o una bufanda… hace dos años la vida me llevo a la cálida ciudad de Abu Dhabi, capital de Emiratos Árabes Unidos.

1. ¿Por qué se fue al extranjero?
A parte de una inquietud innata  por conocer mundo y por los idiomas; los estudios, el amor y el trabajo me llevaron respectivamente a ir, a permanecer y a seguir en el extranjero. Le interesara al lector que no soy alguien que ha huido de ninguna crisis. Una decisión clave durante mi juventud me ha regalado 8 años de maravillosas experiencias por el mundo.
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From Melbourne to Dubai: The Hedonista

02 July, 2012 09:26  Erin Erin

hedonista sarahMy name is Sarah, and I’m from Melbourne, Australia. I studied wine, worked in restaurants, had my own business selling wine, and then one day, my husband said – Hey, let’s move to a Muslim country! I’ve been living in Dubai for just over four years, and have managed to find plenty of happiness and activity to fill the (watering) hole.

1. Why did you move abroad?
My husband got a job paying lots of money, and I was slowly drinking all my profits. It was time for a change, and he promised I could get a maid.
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De Suisse à Istanbul: Une maman à Istanbul

24 May, 2012 11:22  Erin Erin

une maman a Istanbul Je m’appelle Özge on me connait aussi sou le nom une maman à Istanbul. J’ai grandis en Suisse à Lausanne et maintenant je vis à Istanbul.

1. Pourquoi êtes-vous partis à l'étranger ?
Je suis née en Suisse mais mes parents sont turc, je suis retournée dans le pays de mes parents pour y fonder une nouvelle vie. Je me suis mariée et ai un enfant maintenant. Je vis dans une des villes les plus extraordinaires du monde.
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