South America


From California to Chile: Memoirs of a Gringa

17 December, 2012 08:20  Erin Erin

memoirs of a gringa My name is Maggie and I’m originally from a small city outside of San Francisco, California. I moved to an even smaller city in Rhode Island after high school. After graduating from college the first time I fell into a rut. I didn’t quite know what to do with my life (it probably didn’t help that I had a degree in anthropology). I decided to go back to school and get my Master’s in education with the plan of moving abroad as soon as I graduated.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I knew for quite a long time that I wanted to live abroad. It wasn’t hard for me to choose a location. My mom is Chilean and grew up in Santiago. The majority of my family lives in Chile so it just seemed like a logical choice.
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From Idaho to Buenos Aires: My Beautiful Air

25 October, 2012 13:31  Erin Erin

My Beautiful Air profile My name is Vivi Rathbon.  I was born and raised in Boise, Idaho and now I live in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  

1. Why did you move abroad?

I studied abroad in college and loved having a first hand view of a different culture, city and language.  When I graduated college, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do.  At the time I had friends who were moving abroad to China to teach English.  I thought that was a great idea.  China didn’t appeal to me, but I was very curious about South America.
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De Espa├▒a a Uruguay: Construyendo el mundo!!

16 July, 2012 09:44  Erin Erin

Construyendo el mundo

No me hace mucha gracia dar mi nombre por internet, aunque no es ningún secreto así que vamos a dejarlo en Andaluz. Soy de Sevilla, una ciudad situada en Andalucía, al sur de España y actualmente vivo en Montevideo, capital del Uruguay.

1. ¿Por qué se fue al extranjero?
Estaba quemado, no se muy bien como explicarlo pero necesitaba irme. Primero pensé en Europa, pero hasta eso se me antojaba cerca… al final opté por América.
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From London to São Paulo: The Book is on the Table

14 June, 2012 09:25  Erin Erin

book is on the table brazil Hi, I'm Andy and I'm originally from London, UK where I worked as a social worker. In February 2012 I moved to São Paulo, Brazil with my wife and I'm blogging about adjusting to life here. I'm getting used to it. Gradually....

1. Why did you move abroad?
It was a move that we had planned for while. I met my wife (who is from São Paulo) when I first went travelling around South America in 2007/08 and then she moved to the UK in 2009. However, she deferred her degree to do so and I always promised that we'd come back eventually so she could finish it.

Then, in February my job finished due to government cuts in the UK and it seemed the right time to go,  especially as the the Brazilian university term starts in February. It all worked out quite nicely in the end!
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From Salt Lake City to São Paulo: Keeping Up With the Joneses

26 March, 2012 10:51  Erin Erin

keeping up with the joneses Oi! I’m Maike Jones (pronounced My-ka), an American expat living in São Paulo, Brazil. Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, I spent my childhood and young adulthood in the scenic mountains of the western United States. My husband, son and I then moved to Boston, Massachusetts for two years, after which we made the big leap to São Paulo in July 2011.

1. Why did you move abroad?
My husband Porter, also a native Utahn, lived in Brazil for two years in his early-twenties. After completing our graduate and doctorate degrees in the United States, Porter pursued career opportunities fusing his MD/MBA and knowledge of Brazil and accepted a position with the #1 private hospital in South America. After working in politics for five years, I traded in the boardroom for the playground to be a stay-at-home parent, so my exhausting yet rewarding job goes where I go. However as a lifelong travel enthusiast, I was thrilled at the opportunity to raise our young family in an exotic land far away, so long as our accommodations included both running water and electricity.

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From Brazil to USA to Africa and back to Brazil: 3rd Culture Children

27 February, 2012 11:37  Erin Erin

3rd culture children Raquel L. Miranda, Brazilian by birth, lived and studied in Argentina. Worked as an international researcher in the USA, before marrying and becoming a Foreign Service ‘hauling spouse’, mother of 3 third-culture children, all under the age of 7! Currently posted in Recife, Brazil - previous posts including Washington, DC and Maputo, Mozambique.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I was born abroad! [smiles!] My parents used to be public servers with the Brazilian government, so we traveled a lot. With a background in science and research, I was always on a plane, traveling to conferences or symposiums. Then, one day, 11 years ago, resting at the beach in Brazil, while taking a break from my PhD research and endless lecture preparation at the university, I met the one who would become my husband – he was a charming 26 year-old pre-grad student, interested in international politics, and (surprise!), who liked to travel around the world. When an offer to work as a researcher at the University of California (at Davis) came along, I felt like it was a great opportunity to give my then-growing relationship, a shot! And, so far, it’s been working pretty well! Every couple of years our family moves to a different post, adjusts to different cultures, different settings – and we love it! It’s challenging, but intriguing, and it can be a lot of fun! We are an adventures group of people, and we tend not to be afraid of new tasks.
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From California to Rio de Janeiro: The Tao of Me

05 January, 2012 10:40  Erin Erin

tao of me My name is Peg. I was born in Fremont, CA, but have lived in five different states all across the US. Right now I live with my husband outside the city of Macaé  in the State of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I followed my heart. My husband Brian and I had been dating long distance for two and a half years while he was working in Brazil and I was staying in Houston with my teenage kids. We only saw each other for a week or so every three months, which was obviously incredibly difficult. When he had a heart attack two years ago we laid in his hospital bed in Rio and finally made our plans to live on the same continent. Being apart had become too difficult and life is too short. Eight months later I left my job and moved to Brazil, and we got married three months after that. We ran away to the Caribbean the day after Christmas and eloped.
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From Portsmouth to Buenos Aires: El que no salta es un Ingles

07 November, 2011 09:16  Erin Erin

This talented English blogger has presented her interview in both English & Spanish! Read her Spanish interview below, with the English interview at the bottom.

Mi apodo de “blogger” es Lady Frontbottom. Soy de Portsmouth, Inglaterra y actualmente vivo lady front bottomen Buenos Aires, Argentina.

1.¿Porque se van al extranjero?
Originalmente, me mude a Buenos Aires para escribir mi tesis sobre los derechos humanos en Argentina. Cuando me recibí de la Universidad de Londres, volví a Buenos Aires para trabajar en periodismo. Estuve acá varios años y justo cuando finalmente decidí volver a Inglaterra, conocí a mí ahora marido…atrapándome eternamente en el país! (More)

   


From New York City to Sao Paulo: Born Again Brazilian

20 October, 2011 10:02  Erin Erin

born again brazilian sao paulo I’m a Born Again Brazilian (not religion, just Brazilian). Why? If all of those criminals, drug-addicts, philanderers and all around sinners can become Born Again Christians, this mid-western babe can become a Brazilian.

1. Why did you move abroad?
My husband is Brazilian, originally from Rio de Janeiro. About a year before he received an opportunity to take his career to Sao Paulo, Brazil, I had taken a sabbatical from my career to be with our daughter. So it seemed like a great opportunity, especially for my daughter who could experience the Brazilian part of her culture and learn Portuguese. (More)

   


From San Francisco to Rio de Janeiro: Qualidade de Vida

03 October, 2011 09:53  Erin Erin

Qualidade de Vida jim My name is Jim and I moved to Niterói, Rio de Janeiro from San Francisco, California with my husband, Luiz, in January of 2008.

1. Why did you move abroad?
We decided to move to Brazil early in our relationship. We had been visiting every other year, traveling all around the country. I loved the country, and Luiz wished to return to his home. Most importantly, Luiz is an only child, and his parents were aging. It was time to go home. (More)

   


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