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From Ireland to Britain to Ontario: Expatlog

29 March, 2012 10:27  Erin Erin

expatlogueHi, I’m Aisha Ashraf. I’m a freelance writer and I blog as Expatlogue, an accidental expat in Canada. Generally, introducing myself involves some explaining because my name doesn’t match my skin colour. I am originally from Ireland but spent most of my life in Britain where I was educated by Catholic nuns, before converting to Islam in my twenties. I realize this is not a great advertisement for the nuns, but I did appreciate the education they gave me, along with a lifelong love of plainchant!

I married into a Pakistani family, learnt Urdu, how to cook delicious Punjabi food and make roti. In the summer of 2010, we moved to Ontario, Canada. (More)

   


From London to Vancouver: In, Around and In Spite of my Family

23 February, 2012 11:26  Erin Erin

pomomama Howdy. I’m Amanda, but I blog/twitter/facebook as pomo mama, or sometimes as ebbandflo. I live near Vancouver, BC and moved from London, UK over ten years ago. I was born in Scotland.

1. Why did you move abroad?

I moved for love - sigh – my husband got a secondment. We’d always wondered “How do we get to live here?” as we travelled through Vancouver in airport transfer buses on our way to Whistler. So when he was offered the chance there were no second thoughts! I cheerfully resigned my way to expat unemployment.
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From Washington, DC to Mexico City: This Gringo Honeymoon

09 January, 2012 10:59  Erin Erin

gringo honeymoon mexico cityHi, there!  My name is Kristin.  I am from Washington, DC and currently live in Mexico City. 

1. Why did you move abroad?
We moved to Mexico for my husband’s job in 2010.  We’ve been living here for just over a year now and are having a ball.    

2. How do you make a living?
I work remotely for my company [a US consulting firm] and travel to the US often to meet with clients or spend time in our DC office.  I had worked at my company for more than six years when we moved to Mexico and was lucky that they were willing to be flexible about my location.  While I recognize it is a pretty great deal, it’s not always easy.  Working from home can get lonely [even with two pups], and the travel does get old.  I often feel like I am missing out by not working in a Mexican office environment, and that my Spanish would be much improved if I were, but for me this is the best arrangement professionally.       
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De Marseilles à New York City: New York Alternatif

01 December, 2011 10:21  Erin Erin

nyc alternatif skylineEzéchiel, 20 ans, Marseillais de sang, New Yorkais de cœur. 

1. Pourquoi êtes-vous partis à l’étranger?
Parce voyager fait partie de mon ADN !

2. Comment vivez-vous (Vous travaillez? Profession ? Parlez nous de votre expérience) ?
Je fais des reportages en tout genre en plus de mes chroniques pour France-Amérique, le leader de la presse magazine francophone aux Etats-Unis. (More)

   


Di Verona in Messico: Dalle Foreste Messicane

24 November, 2011 10:40  Erin Erin

Dalle Foreste Messicane portrait Mi chiamo Dario, ho trentun anni e sono originario di Verona.

1. Perché ti sei trasferito all'estero?
Nel 2005 mi sono laureato in scienze forestali e ambientali all'università di Padova. Una volta fuori, adulto in un mondo di adulti, ho cercato di fare qualcosa che ritenevo scontato ossia realizzarmi come persona e come professionista. Non avrei mai pensato che in Italia fosse così difficile. Così nel 2011 sono partito alla volta del Messico.
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From London to Baltimore: Mommy Has A Headache

14 November, 2011 09:04  Erin Erin

mommy has a headache emmaHi my name is Emma K (Kaufmann). I was spawned in London, UK but after meeting my Ideal Frog I hopped the pond 11 years ago. I now live in Baltimore, USA and have spawned two lady frogettes.

1. Why did you move abroad?

Well it was all a bit sudden to tell you the truth. I was dating a guy who lived in Ireland and he was starting grad school in Baltimore and asked me if I wanted to come along. Honestly at the time I had no idea where Baltimore was. All I knew was that its citizens were swathed in luxury materials or so I thought after hearing that Joan Baez song: ‘The Lady Came From Baltimore, All She Wore Was Lace.’ Well it sounded quite fancy although when I got here no one was done up in nothing but lace curtains, alas (Stella McCartney are you listening this could be the next big trend)!
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De France en Ontario : Coucou Canada

10 October, 2011 08:32  Erin Erin

cous cous planeBonjour,  je suis Madame Canadoux . Je suis française et je vis avec Mr Canadoux depuis 3 ans au Canada avec mon petit mari Mr Canadoux.  Tous les 2 nous vivons dans une maison en bois au Canada ( en Ontario ) .

Haaa le Canada !!! , je pourrais vous en parler des heures. C’est ma passion !  Je suis tombée complètement amoureuse de ce pays. Tellement amoureuse que j’y  ai immigré c’est pour vous dire .   

1.Pourquoi êtes-vous partis à l'étranger ?
Mon premier voyage au Canada remonte à 2005. Avec celui qui deviendra plus tard mon mari (hello Chéri J ), nous nous étions organisés un petit autotour  en amoureux sur la Cote Est du Canada ( Toronto, Montreal, Quebec …  )  . Ces vacances furent comme une véritable REVELATION !  La beauté des paysages, l’immensité du pays et la gentillesse des canadiens nous ont littéralement subjugués.
Je me rappelle être rentré en  France et avoir plaisanté en disant  «  Voila un pays pour nous. On devrait aller y vivre ».
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From Somerset to Boston: On Love, Tea, and Alienship

25 July, 2011 11:16  Erin Erin

love tea alienship wed day My name’s Hannah, but my many nicknames include Hans, Span and (most recently, thanks to my husband), The HanMan (I’m told the The is important). I’m originally from Somerset, England, but lived for a number of years in London, and am currently living in Boston USA (read: suburb of Boston that’s nowhere near as nice as actual Boston).

1. Why did you move abroad?
I’d love to say it was for a job or an adventure or because I wanted easy access to Mozzarella Sticks…but it was for a man – Jeremy. We’d long distanced for over seven years (with some respite when I studied in Boston for a year) and then decided to get married and try living on the same continent. (More)

   


De Paris à New York: Desperate French Mom

07 July, 2011 09:31  Erin Erin

desperate french mom logoHello moi c’est Desperate French Mom, Laurence pour les intimes. J’étais il n’y a pas si longtemps une working parisienne pure et dure jusqu’à ce coup de fil fatidique qui a tout fait basculer. Désormais j’habite tout au nord des Etats-Unis, à Rochester plus exactement. Et j’ai embarqué dans mes valises mes 2 lutins (2,5ans et 9mois!) ainsi que mon Dunkerquois bien entendu.


1. Pourquoi êtes-vous partis à l'étranger ?
C’est une question que je me pose tous les jours...Mais qu’est-ce qui m’a pris??!

Plus sérieusement, parce que l’opportunité s’est présentée pour mon homme de travailler aux USA et que nous avions cette idée en tête depuis longtemps... découvrir de nouveaux horizons, sortir de notre routine, apprendre et profitez de la vie!
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From Australia to Mexico: The Philiad

13 June, 2011 09:50  Erin Erin

philiad My name is Philip Johnson, I’m an Australian currently living in Mexico. I say I’m Australian but people are constantly calling this into doubt. Apparently my accent isn’t strong enough. I’m working on rehabilitating it, but still it’s disturbing how often people mistake me for a non-native English speaker (people often guess that I’m Danish for some reason).

1. Why did you move abroad?
I never hatched any grand plans to ‘move abroad’. When I first started travelling, I ended up working and living abroad quite by chance. I was lucky to fall into the world of the English teacher, which is an easy access point to living abroad. Since that first accidental experience (living in Spain and earning under-the-table euros by teaching government employees), I’ve been living ‘abroad’ almost continuously. Once I fell into it I had no desire to climb back out.

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