South America

From the USA to Ecuador: Paul Acee's Ecuador

20 July, 2015 06:32  Erin Erin

Paul AceeHello my name is Paul and I live in Cuenca, Ecuador. I was born and raised in California but I've spent most of my life in Fort Worth, Texas so I consider Fort Worth my hometown. Most of my career before I retired was spent in manufacturing management. I'm happily single and no kids.

1. Why did you move abroad?
My plan was to retire south of the boarder from the U.S. since about 1998 so this was very old retirement plan of mine.


From the USA to Brazil: Coconut Water

11 May, 2015 15:59  Erin Erin

Coconut Water Brazil Brynn Barineau is from  Atlanta, GA, USA and now lives in Vitoria, ES, Brazil.

1. Why did you move abroad?  

I was finishing my Master’s degree and working for the Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program, a Fulbright Program specifically for midcareer professionals from developing countries to network for a year in the US, and one of the fellows was an incredibly handsome and brilliant judge from Brazil.  I helped him open a bank account.  We had a few lunches.  A year later I was moving to Rio and two years after meeting, we got married.  Now, we live in Vitoria, Brazil with our daughter.  This all makes me sound like way more of a risk taker than I actually am.


From Arkansas to Buenos Aires: The Road Les Traveled

23 March, 2015 10:35  Erin Erin

Road Les TraveledHola! I’m Lesley Murphy, the blogger behind The Road Les Traveled. I’m from Fort Smith, Arkansas, graduated from UGA, worked in Atlanta, D.C., LA, and now call Buenos Aires, Argentina my home. I arrived in 2013 with 2 bags and my sub-par Spanish skills, and haven’t looked back since.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Why not?! I’ve always wanted to live overseas. I honestly just thought the right time would never come, and then I realized that you have to make it the right time. You have to drop everything where you are and just go. My boyfriend took a job in Buenos Aires three months before I moved in with him. Best decision I’ve ever made.


From England to Colombia: Honestly Cali

26 January, 2015 08:28  Erin Erin

Honestly Cali My name is Marie and I am half French half British but grew up in England. I have been living in Cali, Colombia for four months now.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I moved abroad primarily for professional reasons as I had just finished a Masters in Environment and Development, focusing on issues in the Global South and, in this field, it is quite important to get experience in the field so I thought it was better to do this while I didn’t have any ties or mortgages to pay back in Europe! Then again, I chose Colombia because I have lived here before and my boyfriend is from here, so it made it much easier!


De l'Ardèche à la Colombie: Instinct Voyageur

17 March, 2014 09:44  Erin Erin

Instinct Voyageur Je m’appelle Fabrice Dubesset, originaire de l’Ardèche, en France.
Depuis deux ans, je passe la plus claire de mon temps en Colombie.
1. Pourquoi êtes-vous partis à l'étranger ?
Je suis parti en Colombie pour retrouver mon amie qui est colombienne. Nous nous sommes rencontrés à Paris lorsqu’elle travaillait là.

Je crois que c’est une motivation pour un certain nombre d’expatriés !


From California to Nicaragua: International Mel

13 February, 2014 10:52  Erin Erin

International Mel Hi, I’m Melissa from the website, In 2013 I gave up a comfortable existence in California to move to Nicaragua and live a life of adventure. A need to renew my visa has now sparked an extended trip through Central America and I’m enjoying every minute of it.

1. Why did you move abroad?
All my life I’ve had a love affair with travel. As a child, I used to cry when vacations ended. For many years, I had a great life in California – a beautiful home, great friends and a good job. But I needed a challenge. I wanted to see if I could create an entirely different life that incorporated some of the things I loved, but did not get enough of, like travel and creative freedom.


Von Deutschland nach Rio de Janeiro: Favelawatchblog

09 January, 2014 10:36  Erin Erin

favelawatchblog Wir wohnen in Rio de Janeiro, in der Favela Rocinha, einer der größten Favelas Lateinamerikas, und bloggen auf dem über das, was hier passiert. Julia ist Berlinerin, Sonja wurde in Lübeck geboren, hat dann in mehreren deutschen Städten gelebt - und wir waren immer wieder im Ausland unterwegs. Julia hat in portugiesischsprachigen Ländern wie Portugal, Brasilien und Mosambik gelebt und gearbeitet – Sonja in Ländern wie Mexiko, Argentinien oder Israel.

1. Warum bist du ins Ausland umgezogen?
Weil wir gerne Neues entdecken – und weil man ein Land bei einem Kurztrip nicht verstehen lernt. Für Julia ist Brasilien zweite Heimat, sie ist hier zu Schule gegangen, hat noch ein ganz anderes Brasilien kennengelernt, als das Land, das sich jetzt als WM-Nation 2014 präsentiert. Seit 2011 verfolgen wir den Wandel der Favelas in Rio vor der Fußball-WM und Olympia mit unserem Multimedia-Projekt BuzzingCities und sind immer wieder hier.


From Seattle to Denmark to Brazil: Live in Brazil

12 September, 2013 10:41  Erin Erin

live in brazil Kevin Porter, originally from Seattle, WA, USA and residing in Florianópolis, SC, Brazil while doing some stints in Denmark.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Since a young age, I’ve always felt like a cultural misfit.  I would observe people living a type of gloomy monotony and dreamed of the opportunity to go abroad.  Something about the Latin cultures struck a chord with me and it just felt like I was at home with their culture, climate and language.



From London to Colombia: Richard McColl

08 August, 2013 08:56  Erin Erin

richard mccoll Cano Cristales Colombia I’m Richard, a Londoner now resident in Colombia dividing my time between Mompos, where I have a hotel, and Bogota where I work as a journalist.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I come from an international family. My mother lived overseas in the US when she was younger and my father had spent considerable time in Brazil and so it was never really a surprise that I felt that I should look for opportunities overseas.


From Winchester to Rio de Janeiro: Eat Rio

24 June, 2013 11:35  Erin Erin

eat rio tomI’m Tom Le Mesurier. I grew up in Winchester on the south coast of England. I now live in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Back in 2009 I left my home in London and went on a 4 month trip to travel around South America. As the end of my 4 months approached, I realized I wanted to travel for much longer. I tore up my return ticket and carried on my travels into Central America. While I was in Nicaragua I met the Brazilian woman who went on to become my wife. 6 months later I moved to Rio and the rest is history!  


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