North America

From Ontario to Sacremento: Melanie a la maison

30 May, 2013 08:52  Erin Erin

Melanie a la maison portrait Hello! My name is Melanie. I’m a French Canadian born and raised in Quebec City, Canada. I left my hometown for Milton, Ontario in 2010 and I’m now living in the Sacramento area since 2012. I started a French only blog in 2010 called “De visu” to document our journey and started my bilingual blog “Melanie a la maison” in 2011.

1. Why did you move abroad?
My husband and I traveled quite a bit together and at one point, we knew we would love to experience a professional life abroad. Both our professions are ‘international’; my husband is an engineer and me an industrial designer. That being said, we were not bohemian enough to sell our stuff and just leave. My husband moved up the corporate ladder and built his experience having in mind a company transfer. But things didn’t go as planned and so in 2010 he got a job in the Greater Toronto Area. At that point, our second son was only 4 week-old and my older son only spoke French.


From Germany to Tennessee: Southeast Schnitzel

13 May, 2013 08:08  Erin Erin

Southeast Schnitzel christian My name is Christian Höferle (alternative spelling: Hoeferle).

I  was born and raised in Weilheim, Germany - a small town of ~21,000 people, 30 miles south of the Bavarian capitol, Munich. Weilheim is located in the Southeast of Germany.

Since July 2004, my family and I live in Cleveland, TN - another small town of ~40,000 people, 30 miles north of Chattanooga. Cleveland is located in the Southeast of the United States.

People in Bavaria/Germany and Tennessee understand when I tell them that "I'm a Southeasterner in both countries & cultures."    

1. Why did you move abroad?
In simple terms: To see if it works - the life abroad. In 2003, my wife, our then 2-year-old daughter and I were living in Munich when we sensed that we were ripe for a change in our lives. Back then my wife was a stay-at-home mom (by choice) who was getting ready to launch her next project, a Montessori school. At the same time, I was in the process of leaving my employer of seven years and I explored a job offer for a leadership position in Berlin.


De Suisse à New York: D'une pomme a l'autre

28 March, 2013 09:23  Erin Erin

D'une pomme a l'autre Je m'appelle Clara, j'ai 35 ans, je suis franco suisse, maman d’un petit garçon, et j'habite "New York,  New York" depuis presque 5 ans, après avoir grandi à Paris et habité quelques années en Normandie.

1. Pourquoi êtes-vous partis à l'étranger ?
Mon mari a eu cette proposition, notre fils avait a peine 2 ans, et on s'est dit "pourquoi pas?"


De Besançon à Philadelphie

28 February, 2013 10:24  Erin Erin

From Besancon to Philadelphia desert Je suis Alain, originaire de Franche Comté et expatrié un peu plus de 1000 jours sur la côte Est des Etats-Unis avec mon épouse Adeline entre 2008 et 2010. Nous vivons désormais à Besançon, en France, tout comme avant notre départ dans la banlieue de Philadelphie en janvier 2008.

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

Une opportunité d'expatriation professionnelle m'a été présentée en juillet 2007. Nous avions alors 25 ans et aucune raison de ne pas tenter l'expérience, alors nous l'avons fait ! Avant de partir pour Philadelphie, nous n'avions jamais pris l'avion et peu voyagé hors de France. C'était un vrai plongeon dans l'inconnu, une aventure un peu folle.

Aujourd'hui, nous avons parcouru en avion une distance supérieure à 4 fois le tour du monde ! Ce grand départ a donc fait de nous des voyageurs accomplis !


From Australia to Canada: Skippy or Bullwinkle

21 January, 2013 10:57  Erin Erin

skippy or bulwinkle I’m Emily and have been living in Canada since March 2012 with my husband. I moved from Australia to Kamloops in Canada, and I’m doing my best to work out how to snowboard and see as much of North America as I can.

1. Why did you move abroad?
My husband and I both worked for a Canadian company in Australia, we were lucky enough to get an inter-company transfer.


From Buenos Aires to Texas: Ana Travels

27 December, 2012 09:26  Erin Erin

My name is Ana and I am originally from Argentina. I lived in Buenos Aires until I married a wonderful Welshman called Sean, who whisked me away to Dallas, TX. That was the first of many culture shocks I experienced. Because of his job, we’ve lived in Jersey (UK) and Toronto (Canada). I can say I am a trailing spouse thing.

I don’t go backpacking, couch surfing or camping. I don’t do incredibly daring things like feeding tigers or swimming with sharks. I just follow my husband and try to make the most of the places we visit. I lead an ordinary life, I think, except I do it in different cities (often in the same week!) I provide travel tips and advice based on my own experience.

1. Why did you move abroad?

I met my British husband in Buenos Aires, where he was working. After a few years he got a job in the US and we decided that if we wanted to stay together, we would have to get married and move to Dallas. In a way. What was difficult about this decision was not the marriage bit but leaving my family and friends behind to start a new life in a place I knew nothing about. (More)


From Canada to Mexico: Jay in Cancun

15 November, 2012 09:21  Erin Erin

jay in cancun dog Hello! I’m Jay Payne, a Canadian expat exploring Cancun, Mexico...

1. Why did you move abroad?
The weather in Toronto (my hometown) was slowly driving me mad. When it rains in Toronto, it turns grey and somber and rains all day. Hostel Kankun. It’s VERY "basic" accommodation, but if you’re in Cancun & spending more than a few waking hours a day in your room, you’re doing something wrong!



De Barcelona a Nueva York: las aventuras de una au pair en apuros

15 October, 2012 11:06  Erin Erin

las aventuras de una au pair en apuros nyc Hola a tod@s! Soy Carlota, una Española de 24 años nacida en Barcelona (y con raíces Leonesas también) que al acabar la universidad se armó de valor y decidió irse por un año a los E.E.U.U., concretamente en Pleasantville, un pueblecito en el estado de New York, a 40 min en tren de Manhattan.

1. ¿Por qué se fue al extranjero?

Una vez acabada la diplomatura de infantil decidí cursar un año más para obtener el graduado de primaria con mención en lengua extranjera y obviamente, al acabar ese año me di cuenta de porqué los españoles tenemos un nivel de inglés más bien pésimo, y es que yo no me veía capacitada en absoluto para enseñar inglés cuando ni yo misma era capaz de tener una conversación medianamente fluida. También tengo que decir que no me apetecía nada empezar a “echar raíces”.

Una amiga de clase me comentó lo que iba a hacer y decidí hacerlo también, era la opción más interesante y económica: ser Au pair por un año.


From Germany to Texas: A German Expat's Life in Texas

04 October, 2012 10:34  Erin Erin

A German Expat's Life in Texas pit I've been born and raised in Germany and have been living there till 4 years ago, when I moved to the USA, southern Texas, that is, and married there. I'm now a permanent resident of the US, aka a resident alien.

1. Why did you move abroad?

To marry and to live with the woman I came to love here.

2. How do you make a living?

I'm a retired German Civil Servant and thus get my retirement money, even if I live abroad, as long as I retain my German citizenship.


De Nice à Montréal: CindyChou à Montréal

13 August, 2012 09:39  Erin Erin

CindyChou a Montreal bannerBonjour à tous, mon nom est Cindy, je suis française (née à Nice) et j’habite à Montréal au Québec depuis maintenant 1 an et demi. J’ai 23 ans et j’aime les voyages, la bonne bouffe, la photographie, et les bisounours.

1. Pourquoi êtes-vous partis à l'étranger ?
Comme beaucoup d’étudiants avant moi j’ai eu envie de tenter l’expérience à l’étranger pendant un stage. L’expérience s’étant révélée concluante, j’ai décidé de poursuivre mes études dans une université canadienne en emportant mon amoureux dans mes bagages. Pour vous l’instant je suis plutôt ravie de mon choix, et je le recommande à ceux qui hésitent encore. Allez-y, sautez le pas on ne vit qu’une fois !!!  (More)


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