North America

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)


De Lyon à Chicago: Expat Forever

07 June, 2012 09:57  Erin Erin

Veronique expat forever Je m’appelle Véronique alias Expat Forever pour ceux qui suive mon blog du même nom. Je suis française et originaire de Lyon. Je vis actuellement à Chicago. Je suis une « serial expat » puisque j’ai vécu en Norvège (1999-2002), à Sri Lanka (2002-2005), puis retour à Nantes en France de 2005 à 2008 et enfin les Etats-Unis (2008-2012) avant un nouveau départ !

1. Pourquoi êtes-vous partis à l'étranger ?
Par amour ! Mon mari travaille pour le Ministère des Affaires Etrangères et Européennes (MAEE), d’où des déménagements à l’international tous les trois ans en moyenne.


From Wales to San Francisco: Defining Moves

31 May, 2012 09:32  Erin Erin

Defining Moves Rachel Yates is an expat trailing spouse from Wales, who has spent the last 10 years turning relocation disasters into a worldwide traveling circus. She is the CEO and chief janitor at Defining Moves, where she creates resources for relocating individuals and families. Currently living in San Francisco, she has spent the last ten years routing through London, Nairobi, and Los Angeles, complete with 2 kids, 2 dogs and 3 cats. She has only once been upgraded on a flight.

Current goals include making it into Virgin First Class, learning HTML and locating a perfect Lemon Drop Martini.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I was duped. I was told I was going for a lovely year's sojourn to Kenya, where I could live a life of leisure, sip sundowners and wear freshly pressed linen every day. I put my job on hold for a year, packed up the house, kids and dogs, and followed my spouse to the Norfolk Hotel, where he had been languishing while I did all the grunt work. Fast forward one week: the hotel was a fond and distant memory and instead I was in the cargo section of Jomo Kenyatta Airport bribing my dog's way to freedom, having singlehandedly delivered the kids to school, navigated Nairobi's horrific traffic system without the aid of the map, and was only just beginning to realize that I had been had..


From Paris to Prince Edward Island: Sixtine And The Little Things

10 May, 2012 09:25  Erin Erin

sintine and the little things beach Hi, I am Deb, I am a 27 year-old Parisian French mum and I have been living in Prince Edward Island for almost two years.

1. Why did you move abroad?

I met a cute Canadian boy in Iceland in 2008, and we both decided that we should do something about it in the heat of summer 2009, in Prince Edward Island Canada. I was there for a full month. That summer, we quickly made the decision of being together again as soon as possible. I was a month away from starting my final year at a French university, and I loved being on the move so moving abroad to Canada was a very easy choice. We thought we would try for a year and see how it would go. We got married last year and have a beautiful daughter born last October ! So that trial year went pretty well ;)



From Germany to New York City: German American Abroad

30 April, 2012 09:12  Erin Erin

This talented blogger has presented her interview in both English & German! Read her German interview below, with the English interview presented first.

german american abroad subway Hi, I am Laura from Germany, and I now live in the Big Apple. I moved to Brooklyn but work in the Empire State Building in the middle of Manhattan. So much to leaving a small German village for the American Dream!

1. Why did you move abroad?
I wanted to take a time out from school, as I had finished my Bachelor’s but was almost certain I wanted to get it on with my Master’s. New York seemed like the right place to go to get my head straight after the stressful student years, to experience an adventure, and to distract my mind from the rigid system in Germany. I had planned on being away for six months to a year – max. That did not work out as planned.



From Austin to Mexico: Living the Playa Life

19 April, 2012 10:25  Erin Erin

Living the Playa Life My name is Bethany and I’m from Austin, TX of the US, and my family and I now live in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

1. Why did you move abroad?
We wanted to experience and show our kids a different culture.  We chose Mexico specifically because we felt it was more familiar than any other country and we love the beach.  We also have some friends from Mexico that would talk about the slower lifestyle that we were drawn to so we felt it was a great place to start.


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)


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