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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.


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.


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)


From West Virginia to Costa Rica to Barranquilia: Black in Latin America

01 September, 2011 08:58  Erin Erin

Costa Rica black latin america Being Wayne Branch, I say R. Wayne Branch and others say Dr. Branch, from Rand, West Virginia and now living in Barranquilla, Colombia. Has been a hell of a journey.  I am blessed.  

1. Why did you move abroad?
I have always been a little different.  So it was not surprising to hear some of my friends say “… you never cease to amaze me.” So perhaps moving outside of the country has always been in my DNA.  I am ready to live life more simply; less focused on what I can accumulate and more focused on creating opportunities to live my passions.  I am ready to consume myself with family, of enormous value in Latin America, and projects that secure my future.  I am ready to be more giving to myself, less stressed, in better balance and in better health.  I have always been, and now I am ever more so, less accepting of the racism I feel here in the United States.  I am less tolerant of the negativity and frustrated by our inability to improve the infrastructures supporting our society.  I want to be in a place where I feel nurtured.  I want to be in an environment where people care about our connection to the earth and to one another.  I feel those things on the coast of Colombia.   (More)


From London to Argentina: English Gaucho

11 August, 2011 10:15  Erin Erin

english gaucho horse I am David Cummings, alias The English Gaucho. I am from London and now live in Argentina.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I like to live in different countries and experience different cultures. Some times it works out sometimes not. At the moment I have  been in Argentina for seven-  no wait, wow eight years – where does the time go – its worked out fine here luckily enough.


From Haïti to the USA to Venezuela: Balanced Melting Pot

01 August, 2011 10:28  Erin Erin

balanced melting pot portrait My name is Deborah and I was born in Haïti, moved to California when I was 3 years-old and now live in Caracas, Venezuela.

1. Why did you move abroad?
We moved abroad this time around for my husband’s job. He’s a diplomat with the Haitian government.


From Canada to Panama: Sweltering Tropics

21 July, 2011 10:17  Erin Erin

sweltering tropics girlsMy name is Laura.  I moved from Canada to Costa Rica with my husband and daughter in 2002.  We lived in Costa Rica until 2007, when  we moved to Panama (my younger daughter was born in Costa Rica).

1. Why did you move abroad?
My husband works for a Canadian reforestation company and he manages projects in Latin America.  When the opportunity to move to Costa Rica came up, we jumped at the chance. (More)


From Paraguay to America to Argentina and back: Nomadic Behaviour

23 June, 2011 10:27  Erin Erin

Nomadic Behavior My name is Natalia Fernandez. I was born in Paraguay. My father was a diplomat and my mother an Argentine expat.  I grew up as a TCK (third culture kid) so asking me where I’m from will result in more then one possible answers. I grew up in Chile, The United States, Paraguay, Argentina and Peru.  Our family moved to the US from Chile in 1981, and we grew up and enjoyed childhood until 1993.  There was a change of government in Paraguay, the first civilian president.  I finished elementary and middle school and we were off again. This time it was Peru. Here, I finished high school and went to Paraguay and Mexico for university. After living in Paraguay for a few years, I decided to start travelling, so I did. I traveled all around the southern cone, until Christmas every year when it was back to Paraguay for a couple of weeks.

I am currently living in Paraguay, visiting relatives and family before I leave again. It’s good to have a home base where someone is always waiting for you.  My husband and I love to travel, in fact he wouldn’t be my husband if he didn’t. We’re on a quest for the perfect place to live and love life.  I’m not a complicated person, I don’t drive, I never owned a car, I walk. I don’t use creams or make-up that often; it takes me 30 seconds to get ready to go out. We have a grain and sugar free diet, we’re careful about what we put in out bodies. I LOVE origami and have a website that makes origami balls in exchange for donations for prosthesis for people living with phocomelia in Paraguay, like myself:

This summer we are going to Florida, let’s see where we decide to go from there.


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