South America

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!  


From the USA to Nicaragua: Rewired and Retired in Nicaragua

20 May, 2013 09:01  Erin Erin

Rewired and Retired in Nicaragua couple Hola. My nickname is Gypsytoes, but you can call me Debbie. My husband, Ron, and I live on a tropical island in Nicaragua. We are originally from the Pittsburgh, PA area. However, most of our adult life we have been transplanted Southerners.

1. Why did you move abroad?
We moved frequently while living in the states. Our last major move in the states was from an isolated hollow in the Ozark Mountains to the storytelling capital of the world...mainly so we could have pizza delivered. During one of the storytelling festivals in Jonesborough, TN, we became fascinated and a little obsessed with moving abroad and gathering new stories for our lives. One cold winter day, I received an email from a friend in Nicaragua. He offered us a job managing a small youth hostel on Ometepe Island. We sold our cars, quit our secure teaching jobs, gave away all our winter clothes, and left our house and our aging dog with our son and JUMPED!


De Galicia a R├şo de Janeiro: Fran Viajando

06 May, 2013 10:05  Erin Erin

fran viajando Hola a tod@s, mi nombre es Francisco Pérez, español de 26 años, y desde hace casi dos años estoy viviendo en Río de Janeiro, Brasil.

1. ¿Por qué se fue al extranjero?
El principal motivo por el que hoy estoy aquí es mi novia. Ella es brasileña y nos conocimos en Alemania, donde estuve una temporada viviendo por motivos de estudios. Una vez llegado el momento de plantearse una residencia, Brasil ganó todos los puntos por tener mejor campo de trabajo en nuestra área, sobretodo en estos momentos de crisis en Europa.


Di Piemonte a San Paolo: Brasil-Italia - dois cora├žoes e uma historia

08 April, 2013 10:35  Erin Erin

Brasil-Italia portrait Ciao a tutti. Mi chiamo Franco, sono italiano, piemontese, ma vivo in Brasile.

1. Perché ti sei trasferito all'estero?
Per amore! Ho conosciuto mia moglie, brasiliana, tramite internet. Dopo 5 ani di fidanzamento “virtuale” ci siamo sposati e lei è venuta a vivere in Italia, ma non si è abituata alle enormi differenze culturali, climatiche e altro. Quindi abbiamo deciso che era meglio andare io a vivere in Brasile con lei.


From Washington, D.C. to San Salvador: La Vie Overseas

07 March, 2013 09:25  Erin Erin

natasha La Vie OverseasHola! I'm Natasha, a Washingtonian (DC) turned expatriate currently residing in San Salvador, El Salvador.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I’d like to say it was an impulsive decision made during another late night at the office in an effort to escape the corporate-ladder climb that was my life, when I spun a globe, closed my eyes and by chance placed my finger on El Salvador … after which I packed my bags, bought a plane ticket and arrived in my new home country. But that would all be a lie. In truth, I moved abroad because my husband is in the U.S. Foreign Service. He launched his career while we simultaneously began our life as a married couple. So I had lots of time to plan.


From Philadelphia to Argentina: Seashells and Sunflowers

10 January, 2013 09:24  Erin Erin

seashells and sunflowers katie My name is Katie Metz, and I’m a yanqui (Argentine slang for an American) from Philadelphia living in Necochea, Argentina.  I’ve called this small seaside city home for the last four years.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I met my Argentine boyfriend (now husband) Daniel six years ago. After maintaining a long-distance romance for two and half years, we finally decided that for the benefit of our relationship, one of us would need to make the leap into the unknown. For personal reasons, we decided that it would be easier for me to move to Argentina than for Daniel to move to the United States, particularly since he’s involved in his family’s business. I moved to Necochea, a coastal city of 68,000 inhabitants in the province of Buenos Aires, back in March 2009.


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