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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)


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.


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.       


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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