From Russia to Pittsburgh to Frankfurt: Knorr Family Adventures

03 July, 2017 12:55  Erin Erin

Knorr Family Adventure Frankfurt My name is Maria.  Originally I was born and raised in Russia, but moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA as a teenager with my parents and my younger brother.  I definitely call Pittsburgh home.  Two years ago, my family (husband and 3 kids) moved to Frankfurt, Germany. 

1.    Why did you move abroad?
Even before my husband and I got married, we talked about living abroad since we both enjoy traveling.  After we got married, we started having kids and settling in our American suburban life (house, 2 cars including a minivan ´üŐ, etc.) thinking that a stint abroad would be nice but is somewhere in a very distant future.  Then, when our boys were 2, 5 and 7 respectively, a job opportunity for my husband came up in Frankfurt, Germany, and we decided to take it.

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From Germany to Slovenia: Mein Slowenien

26 June, 2017 20:14  Erin Erin

Kamien I am Peter Kamien, my passport is a German one but I spent the shortest time of my life in Germany

1.    Why did you move abroad?

Ask my wife! Wink

2.    How do you make a living?
I am a psychologist, advertising and marketing consultant und a writer and I can do my job from everywhere in the world. I had business realations to Slovenia already earlier.

3.    How often do you communicate with home and how?
Phone, skype and visits. We are a big family and there are many good reasons for gatherings with family or friends.
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From the UK to Berlin: Where To Next?

19 June, 2017 08:07  Erin Erin

Where To Next?Hi there, my name’s Chloe and I’m a blogger at wheretonext.world! I’m originally from Teesside, England and after living there for most of my life, I decided to up and move to Berlin, Germany where I currently live with my boyfriend.

1. Why did you move abroad?

I took my first trip to Berlin at the age of 12 and completely fell in love with the city. After taking another trip to Munich at 14 and going back to Berlin again at 19, I was 100% certain that one day I was going to move to Germany. Although I do love my hometown, Teesside wasn’t very exciting and there were so many other places I wanted to experience. I knew that a short holiday never really gives you a true perspective of a place so that’s when we came up with the idea of becoming expats in several different countries through the course of our lives.
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From the USA to Mazatlán: Ventanas Mexico

12 June, 2017 09:33  Erin Erin

Kerry in Mexico

Hola!  I’m Kerry and I live in Mazatlán, Mexico, a great working Mexican city on the Pacific coast of Mexico. I moved here about four years ago.

1. Why did you move abroad?
At the time, it was largely financial. I wanted to save money without sacrificing quality of life. I also love the Spanish language (and the English language for that matter). Since then, the reasons have only accumulated.

Every time I have to go back to the United States for business reasons, I add a few more. There are so many negative things going on in the U.S now that it hurts to watch. Mexico, on the other hand, is a forward-moving train. The overall energy on the streets is one of optimism.
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From New Jersey to Thailand: Expats With Cats

05 June, 2017 08:30  Erin Erin

Expat with Cats Hi! We’re Tom & Lauren, both from the U.S., where we grew up together in New Jersey. We are currently living in Bangkok, Thailand with our two cats Linus & Luna.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
Back in 2013 we had made our first “big” move and decided to leave New Jersey for Florida. Realistically, we had no idea how long we’d stay with no set plans, but we ended up living in Orlando for two years. We headed back to New Jersey after our hiatus in the lovely sunshine state. When we came back to what we had been so familiar to before, everything seemed so different from what we had been used to in the past, yet felt so unchanged at the same time.

Being back was nice for the perks of being surrounded by family, friends, and familiar places again, but we instantly knew it wasn’t where we wanted to stay. It’s good to remember where you came from, but our surroundings just seemed so stagnant and uninspiring. We began to brainstorm about where we wanted to go next, considering Nashville, Austin, San Diego, or possibly back to Florida. We had even considered purchasing an RV and hitting the road for a while to explore the states.

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From Poland to London: Project Abroad

29 May, 2017 08:06  Erin Erin

Project Abroad Hi everyone! My name is Marta, I grew up and studied in Poland and moved to London, UK in 2015. I am a psychologist by education, recruiter by profession, a trainer and blogger by passion.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
I was always eager to open an atlas and look through its different pages to see where the countries are, what the demographics looks like, how the economy differs, what natural resources are available etc. When I got older I added the passion for English language to the picture and got into intercultural communication midway through my studies. Intercultural psychology, reading about it in the books and educating myself prompted me to move abroad after finishing my studies to finally be able to experience it all by myself. And it indeed turned out to be quite an experience!

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From the UK to Wiesbaden: Live Work Germany

22 May, 2017 09:23  Erin Erin

live work germany I’m James, originally from Birmingham area, UK. Now living in the beautiful spa town of Wiesbaden, Germany. I run the blog Live Work Germany.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I had been thinking about it for a while. All of my friends were getting married so I thought back then that it was perfect time to take the plunge. I couldn’t really see myself staying in the UK….the weather is so depressing and the prettiest parts of the country are not where most of the jobs are. A German speaking country was the obvious choice because I had lived in Germany for a year as part of my studies.

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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.

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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.
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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.

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