De la France à Singapour : Femmes de Projets

11 January, 2018 08:00  Expat Interviews Expat Interviews

Anne - femmesdeprojets.comJe m’appelle Anne, expatriée à Singapour, et désormais de retour sur Paris    

1. Pourquoi êtes-vous partis à l'étranger ?

C’était un projet de vie à  2 et notamment un rêve que j’avais depuis longtemps. L’envie de découvrir d’autres cultures, d’autres façons de vivre, au-delà des voyages qui ne permettent pas de connaitre vraiment le pays, ses habitants et leur culture. C’est mon conjoint qui a eu l’opportunité.
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From New Jersey to France: France, Food, Scooters and More

01 January, 2018 11:38  Erin Erin

Ira France My name is Ira. I was born and raised on a dirt road in rural northern New Jersey surrounded by cow pastures and corn fields marked off by stone walls built when the fields were first cultivated starting a couple of centuries ago. (Yes, there were such places in New Jersey 60 years ago. And there still are!) My wife Cathey, a Texas girl, and I lived in the Lehigh Valley of eastern Pennsylvania for about 40 years before retiring to the small village of Quarante in the rural south of France where we are surrounded by vineyard after vineyard, marked off by stone walls built when the vineyards were first cultivated more than ten centuries ago. Karma.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Cathey and I like to travel. We’d driven around the Lower 48 extensively, visited Mexico a few times, and vacationed in the Caribbean. As we got older, we began to explore Europe. When we turned 50, we started thinking seriously about our retirement. What did we want to do? Travel. Where did we want to travel? Europe. Why not live there? Being from Texas, Cathey had had enough of winters in the Northeast. “I will never shovel snow again!” So we decided on a Mediterranean climate. When we visited the south of France, the region that used to be called the Languedoc but is now Occitanie, we knew we’d found our place. And no snow! Well, a dusting every year or two where we live. But it melts by itself after ten minutes.

2. How do you make a living?
I’m retired…mostly…living primarily on our Social Security retirement benefits. I spent the fifteen years before retirement as the development director for a nonprofit that addresses homelessness and mental health issues. I continue to do a bit of grant writing for them as a telecommuter. And, of course, I blog. Before that, Cathey and I ran a mass-market floral business, selling premade bouquets to grocery stores, minimarkets, and a string of street vendors. But mostly, I’m retired.

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De la France au soleil californien : The Frenchy Way

28 December, 2017 08:50  Expat Interviews Expat Interviews

Elisabeth - The Frenchy WayMoi, c'est Elisabeth, celle qui se cache derrière thefrenchyway.com. Je viens de Lyon et j'habite désormais à Santa Cruz, en Californie. Une petite ville de la côte ouest des États-Unis, pays du surf, du skate et de la cool attitude !

1. Pourquoi êtes-vous partis à l'étranger ?

L'aventure a commencé grâce à mon mari qui a décroché un poste à Santa Cruz mais c'est un projet à 2. Nous avions envie de changement. C'était le bon moment pour voir du pays : en bonne santé, jeunes, beaux, intelligents, sans enfants (rayez les mentions inutiles).
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From Spain to Switzerland: Mercedes Catalan

25 December, 2017 08:21  Erin Erin

mercedes catalan I’m Mercedes and I live in Zurich, Switzerland. I am originally from Madrid, Spain, but I have lived also a few years in Sweden and Ireland before moving to Switzerland a few months ago.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Love! My husband found a job in Sweden a few years ago and I saw it as a great opportunity for me to improve my English and continue my studies in Law.

2. How do you make a living?
My husband is the one bringing money home right now. I left my job in Spain as a lawyer and I studied a Master degree in Stockholm. After that, we moved to Ireland and it was very difficult for me to find a job there (Irish and Spanish legal systems are very different!!). Now in Switzerland I’ll have to learn German before trying to find a job in my field.
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From California to Spain: Starr Treks

18 December, 2017 10:10  Erin Erin

Dawn Starr Treks Spain I am Dawn “Alba” Starr. For approximately 30 years, I lived in the lovely area of San Luis Obispo County California. Now I live in Altea, Spain, on the Mediterranean in the Costa Blanca area.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I like the pace and priorities of life in Spain: friends, family, fun and food, as opposed to working long hours to accrue material things.

2. How do you make a living?
I am a retired forensic psychologist (previously specializing in risk assessment for sexual and violent offenders.) I now do some writing about travel, food and living as an ex-pat in Spain.
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De la France à Séoul : Corée et Cie

14 December, 2017 08:01  Expat Interviews Expat Interviews

Corée et Cie - MélinaBonjour ! Je m’appelle Mélina, j’ai 25 ans, Lyonnaise ayant vécu en grande partie à Toulouse (où Toulousaine née à Lyon, je ne sais plus trop). J’ai aussi fait mes études supérieures à La Rochelle et j’habite maintenant à Séoul.

1. Pourquoi êtes-vous partis à l'étranger ?

Après le lycée, ayant beaucoup d’amis voyageurs autour de moi et après un voyage au Vietnam en 2009 pour rendre visite à ma famille (ma grand-mère étant vietnamienne) j’avais juste envie de repartir, c’était devenu un besoin. Alors pendant mes études à la fac je suis partie en sac à dos, puis en échange universitaire pour enchainer sur un visa vacances-travail et deux stages, le tout en Corée. Alors pourquoi la Corée ? Eh bien je ne sais pas. J’ai voulu découvrir, pour mon premier voyage entre copines ce pays, par hazard, et je n'ai pas voulu repartir.
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From Poland to India: No Problem in India

11 December, 2017 08:52  Erin Erin

Renata no problem India My name is Renata, I grew up in Poland, almost 6000 km away from the place where I live now. Since 2013 I’m based in India, the country of colors, contrasts and never ending chaos, the place where I fell in love and settled with my bi-cultural family. I am an engineer by education, translator by profession, blogger by passion (noprobleminindia.com) and a happy full time mom by heart.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
I am the Erasmus, multicultural, ready to go and ready to relocate anywhere generation. Passion for travelling, discovering new cultures started by exploring Schengen countries (easy to do for a budget trips) first as a tourist, then as a young post graduate professional searching for a job in Europe took me unexpectedly to… Asia. I got an internship in India (in Chennai) and then, even more unexpectedly I ended up marrying an Indian man and settling down in India.

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De España a Indonesia: Vivir día a día en Indonesia

04 December, 2017 08:56  Erin Erin

Vivir día a día en Indonesia Hola, soy Magda, sevillana de cepa y adoptada por Zaragoza, Tenerife, La Línea de la Concepción, Ceuta, Jackson (Tennessee, EEUU), Salamanca, Valencia y Makassar (Sulawesi, Indonesia). Actualmente a caballo entre estas dos últimas ciudades.

1. ¿Por qué se fue al extranjero?
Por seguir a mi marido, siempre culillo de mal asiento y porque las oportunidades las pintan calvas y no se puede desaprovechar una oferta de trabajo en un país tan sugestivo.

2. ¿Cómo se gana la vida?
Actualmente disfruto de una excedencia laboral. Lo que nos condujo a Indonesia fue el sector aéreo, donde se mueve, nunca mejor dicho, mi marido. La experiencia no puede ser más gratificante, el trato por parte de compañeros y jefes sin igual.

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De Paris à Miami : smadjita

30 November, 2017 08:00  Expat Interviews Expat Interviews

Smadjita - StéphanieStéphanie, 36 ans et maman cool, je suis parisienne de coeur. J'ai troqué ma vie dans la plus belle ville du monde (sans chauvinisme) pour Miami Beach, ville ou il y a la mer, les palmiers et du soleil 350 sur 365 depuis un peu plus d'un an.

1. Pourquoi êtes-vous partis à l'étranger ?

Un nouveau challenge, envie de changement! On n'a qu'une vie non ;-)

Pour vivre une expérience hors du commun en famille, pour apprendre des autres et sur soi, pour apprendre l'anglais aussi bien sur (bien qu'à Miami cela soit un peu compliqué), pour accompagner mon mari dans son rêve américain et pour appréhender une autre culture et voir la vie différement
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From the USA to Germany: Room for Gelato

27 November, 2017 10:38  Erin Erin

Room for Gelato Jessica Howard, 29, born in Cincinnati, moved from Detroit, MI to Stuttgart, Germany with my husband and dog.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
My husband accepted a work assignment in Germany. His contract is for 3 years.

2.    How do you make a living?

I have a marketing background and have a part-time marketing job here in Germany. I also spend my spare time blogging about our life in Germany at www.roomforgelato.com.
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