Middle East


From Wiltshire to Doha: An Expat Cooks

31 October, 2011 09:10  Erin Erin

an expat cook Amanda Barnes – From a small West Country town called Malmesbury which is in Wiltshire, UK and now living in Doha, Qatar.

1. Why did you move abroad?
My husband works for an Oil Service company and it seemed like a good idea at the time (don't they all?). We were in Al Khobar in Saudi Arabia from 2001 until 2005 – moved to Doha, Qatar after several attacks against Western Compounds, including one down the road from where we were living at the time. (More)

   


From Stockholm to Lebanon: Stockholm-Beirut

24 October, 2011 09:04  Erin Erin

stockholm helena My name is Helena and I come from the land of snow (Sweden) and I live currently in the land of sun (Lebanon).

1. Why did you move abroad?
Beirut have been a childhood dream for me since I was seven, and when I turned 30 I realized it was time to stop dreaming and start living. So I moved to Beirut.
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From America to Switzerland to Qatar: Koo • Ki

12 September, 2011 10:24  Erin Erin

koo ki You can call me koo • ki. My real name is a mess; I never know what to call myself. And since moving to Qatar, all sorts of variations have been added to all manner of legal documents. Note to self: always check which name is on the card before signing.

I’m US American born, Swiss immigrated, living in Qatar, where I (currently) have my permanent residence, but I’m writing this in France.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Why not! One cold January afternoon my Swiss husband asked me if I wanted to move to Qatar. It took me less than a second to answer: “Definitely.” Two seconds later, I asked, “Where’s Qatar?” I didn’t know if it was a country, a city or a fantasy.

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From London to Bodrum: Perking the Pansies and Surviving the Expats in Turkey

28 March, 2011 09:47  Erin Erin

Jack ScottMy name is Jack Scott. I am originally from London and last year I moved to Bodrum in Turkey with my civil partner, Liam.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I was a petty bureaucrat for 30 years gently ascending a career ladder to middle management, middle income and a middling suburban terrace; comfortable, secure and passionately dissatisfying. I thought it high time to take a break from my labours, put my feet up and watch the pansies grow.

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