From Japan to France: Ma drole de vie

15 May, 2017 09:56  Erin Erin

Ma drole de vie Helllo, My name is Nozomi. I am Japanese and living in France. I moved to France a year ago. It was quite a change but so far I love living in France. Currently I am living in the north of France with my French boyfriend.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
I was dreaming of moving abroad ever since I was a child. I was not specifically wanting to move to France, but last year, I was lucky enough to get a job as a Japanese teacher in France. I took French as my minor in university and I knew a great deal about French culture and French language, so I didn’t take time to say YES to the job offer. Also, my French boyfriend (who used to work in Asia) got the current job at almost same time as my job offer, we decided to move (move back for my boyfriend) to France.

2.    How do you make a living?
I work for a school and I teach Japanese mainly to 10-12 year old half-French, half-Japanese children as their first language (heritage language). Not only Japanese language, as some of the kids have strong attachment to Japan/Japanese culture, I also teach them Japanese culture and how to behave in Japan, the same thing they are teaching in elementary school in Japan so that in the future if they get to live in Japan, they do not have problems.



De Argentina a Suiza: Che Negrita

08 May, 2017 10:41  Erin Erin

Che Negrita Hola! Mi nombre es Clara, soy argentina nacida en los ´90 y actualmente vivo en Suiza con mi esposo. Luego de haber vivido 3 años en Florianópolis, Brasil, en agosto del 2016 decidimos vender lo que teníamos y empezar una nueva vida, de nuevo, en Lugano.

1. ¿Por qué se fue al extranjero?

Por amor. Por más cursi que suene a veces, ese fue el motivo principal. A comienzos del 2012 mi marido viajó por unos meses a Florianópolis a hacer una capacitación a la sede central de la empresa para la cual trabajaba. Yo estaba recién recibida y las oportunidades en mi ciudad eran pocas y llevábamos muchos meses separados, entonces decidimos irnos a vivir juntos allá. Estuvimos allí 3 años y unos meses atrás decidimos emprender una nueva aventura juntos. Él consiguió trabajo por internet y con eso definido, vendimos nuestras cosas, metimos lo que entró en 4 valijas y nos vinimos a Lugano. Es una ciudad del Cantón de Ticino, la zona italiana de Suiza, a solo una hora en tren de Milán.

2. ¿Cómo se gana la vida (Su trabajo: Háblenos de su experiencia)
Durante los años que viví en Florianópolis trabajé como diseñadora gráfica y gerente en una empresa de Comunicación Visual. Tenía muy poca experiencia laboral cuando comencé y fui muy afortunada de conseguir un puesto en esta empresa dónde me dieron la posibilidad de crecer no solo profesionalmente sino también como persona.  Con solo 6 meses en esta nueva ciudad y sin manejar bien el italiano aún no he conseguido trabajo pero tengo fe de que pronto aparecerán nuevas oportunidades de desarrollo.


From Switzerland to NYC: Food Etcaetera

01 May, 2017 10:59  Erin Erin

Food Etc My name is Amy (Food Etcaetera on the Internet), and I moved from the French part of Switzerland to New York City two years ago.

1. Why did you move abroad?
My husband got the opportunity to be transferred from his job in Zurich, Switzerland, to New York City. We had lived there for 6 months in 2013 – and absolutely loved it - so we didn’t think much before starting to pack our stuff.

2. How do you make a living?
I was lucky enough to get (or clever enough to ask for) one of the only spouse visas which allows the wifey to work in the United States. I waited a few months before getting it and after that, I was authorized to work for any company in the United States. I explored a few opportunities and I now work as a brand creative, managing visual projects for a big American fashion brand.



From England to Spain: The Madrid Guiri

24 April, 2017 08:07  Erin Erin

The Madrid Guiri My name is Nathan Brenville, I’m from England; I’m an artist and I keep an illustrated blog about my experiences in Spain called The Madrid Guiri (

1.    Why did you move abroad?
My girlfriend is Spanish, we lived for several years in London but Spain became more and more attractive – she missed her friends and, like most Brits probably, I’d always had a desire to live the “Mediterranean lifestyle” – but more specifically Madrid offered me everything I wanted – better weather, cheaper rents, great food, friendly people, and more social habits, while still being a busy, capital city full of life and things going on that I’d become used to from 13 years in London.


Da Italia a Houston: The Storm and the Rainbow

17 April, 2017 09:35  Erin Erin

Frederica Houston

Ciao! Mi chiamo Federica, in arte Pitu’ e sono toscana (pistoiese di nascita e fiorentina di adozione). Adesso vivo a Houston in Texas, USA.

1. Perché ti sei trasferito all'estero?
Mi sono trasferita 10 anni fa a Londra per lavoro. All’epoca cercavo solo di farmi un’esperienza all’estero di un anno a due, per poi tornare in Italia con un curriculum piu’ forte. Per una serie di fortunati e sfortunati eventi, non sono mai tornata in Italia. Tre anni fa, io e la mia famiglia ci siamo trasferiti qua a Houston.

2. Come ti guadagni da vivere?
Sono una ricercatrice sul cancro e lavoro a MD Anderson Cancer Center.            


From England to Ireland to Italy: Piemonte Dreams

10 April, 2017 09:41  Erin Erin

Piemonte Dreams Hi, I’m Clare. I moved from Dublin to Piemonte in Northern Italy. I have lived in 5 countries as an adult and am originally from England but certainly, at 42 and having left England at 23, I don’t feel very English, I also got my Irish citizenship last year and Irish passport so am officially Irish, which is a good thing with Brexit looming!  The longest place I have lived was the 14 years I spent in Dublin.  But because of my Dublin experience and all the opportunities it afforded me, particularly in the boom years, I have been able to fulfil my long-time dream of living in Italy.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Over the last 10 years, I, and my partner have been self-employed and have grown our own separate businesses, it was the realisation, three years ago, that with all the wonderful technology at our finger tips it is not actually necessary to live in one fixed place, we can work and service our clients from anywhere with a decent internet connection and similar time zone. So, we decided to bank as much money as possible, and saved hard, by barely going out for two years, to buy a small holding in Italy and we moved here full time in 2016.



From Georgia to Innsbruck: Dragons and Rockets

03 April, 2017 10:01  Erin Erin

Bridget Innsbruck Hi I’m Bridget and I’m from a small town in south Georgia and I currently live in Innsbruck, Austria.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
My husband was offered a Post-Doctoral position at the University of Innsbruck and we decided to it would be a good opportunity for us to do some traveling and live in Europe.

2.    How do you make a living?
I am a technical assistant for two research in the Department of Ecology at the University of Innsbruck. I was very lucky to be offered an interview as many positions want someone who speaks German fluently or who is from the area.


Von Bayern nach China: Chinalitis

27 March, 2017 08:49  Erin Erin

Chinalitis Sandra Ich bin Sandra, ein waschechtes bayerisches Madl und nahezu 30 Jahre alt. Vor gut zwei Jahren bin ich mit meinem Mann aus einem 816-Seelen Dorf nach Tianjin, einer der größten Städte Chinas gezogen.

1. Warum hast (bist) du ins Ausland umgezogen?
Vor knapp zwei Jahren schrieb mir mein Mann per WhatsApp, dass eine gute Stelle in Tianjin frei werden würde. Er hätte dort die Möglichkeit drei Entwichklungsabteilungen zu leiten. Eine in Shanghai, eine in Kuala Lumpur und die
Hauptabteilung in Tianjin. Ich hatte mich zu diesem Zeitpunkt zu einer selbstständigen Musiklehrerin etabliert und verdiente auch nicht schlecht. Ich liebte meine Schüler und sie liebten mich. Jedoch war ich immer schon bereit für
Abenteuer und neue Herausforderungen. Also überlegte ich nicht allzu lange und schrieb zurück…“dann ziehen wir also bald nach China, oder?“


From the USA to Egypt: LiveLearnTravel

20 March, 2017 11:16  Erin Erin

LiveLearnTravelI'm Rachel, expat and blogger from My home is East Coast, USA. I've lived in NYC, the state of NJ, and finally Orlando, Florida from where I moved to Cairo, Egypt almost 2 years ago.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
Although I'd always dreamed of living abroad one day, I never anticipated it would happen at this point in my life. Nor did I imagine my experience would be living in Egypt.

It started with meeting my husband as part of a language exchange. After becoming good friends online we decided to meet in Egypt.  When visiting, I instantly felt comfortable in Egypt and liked it but returned back home with every intention of carrying on my life in the US as normal. However, when my family at home learned of my trip and my relationship with my husband they weren't at all accepting of it.

When you hear stories of people whose families don’t accept their decisions and harm them as a result, you never expect that it could happen to you. But to summarize and without too much detail, the level my family escalated to was unexpected. Feeling it was the best thing to do, my husband agreed that I would move to Cairo to live with him, and here I've been ever since.

2.    How do you make a living?

I made a brief attempt at building a career in Egypt and went on many interviews. It was a bizarre experience in contrast to job seeking in the US. Companies here openly discriminate in the recruitment process and it's not uncommon to see job ads that read like this:
Secretary Wanted, must be female, good looking and presentable, under 30 years old. Applications without recent pictures will not be considered.


From Australia to India: The White Punjabi Bride

13 March, 2017 10:13  Erin Erin

The White Punjabi Bride Hi my name is Tanya, also known as The White Punjabi Bride and I made the move from Australia to India just over a little over a year ago. I am a lifestyle blogger writing about my journey living as a foreign bride in Punjab and selling ethnic accessories via my site The White Punjabi Bride.
1.    Why did you move abroad?
I decided to take a leap of faith and accompany my partner to India. I packed up my house, applied for a tourist visa and took the next flight to Delhi. Everything just fell into place and we decided to marry and have our very own Big Fat Punjabi Wedding. One year later and we are now celebrating our first anniversary. We have decided to live between both our home countries India and Australia.


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