From London to Cape Town: Expat-ish

19 January, 2012 10:27  Erin Erin

Expatish

I am Yvonne, a very muddled mixture of Polish, British, South African with a little Norwegian thrown in. My last place of residence was London, UK and I now live in Cape Town, South Africa.

1. Why did you move abroad?  
 
We were living a perfectly OK life in London, UK. And then we were offered the opportunity to live a potentially excellent life in Cape Town, South Africa. We felt that Cape Town could offer us a better work/life balance and more family life. And, to the surprise of some, we felt it was a better place to bring up our two children (now 2.5 and 4.5). We had to at least try. So far, so good.
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From Chicago to Sofia: The Other Europe

16 January, 2012 10:15  Erin Erin

the other europe traffic My name is Tom and I’ve been living in Sofia, Bulgaria, with my family since August 2011. I grew up in the Chicago area in the U.S., and have also lived and worked in Boston, Florida and New York City. This is actually my third expat experience; I lived in Belgium in the early 1990s and China in the late ‘90s.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Having lived overseas before, we were anxious to share the experience with our young daughter. And we had been hoping in particular to spend some time in Eastern Europe, where my wife had spent a year earlier in her career. When she got an offer to work as an administrator at an international school here, it was an easy decision.
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From South Africa to Tokyo: Rurousha

12 January, 2012 11:31  Erin Erin

rurousha I refer to myself as Rurousha, a Japanese word that means nomad or wanderer. I'm from Stellenbosch, South Africa; I now live in Tokyo, Japan.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Ten years ago I was a career woman who'd never considered a committed relationship or relocation to another country. Then a mutual friend introduced me to a Japanese man … and that caused havoc in my life. I fell in love with him, stalked him halfway around the world and then fell in love with his country.

2. How do you make a living?
I teach English at university and at a conversation school. I have a Master's degree in linguistics and have always worked with language – as journalist, editor and publisher – so the transition to teacher has been easy and fun.
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From Washington, DC to Mexico City: This Gringo Honeymoon

09 January, 2012 10:59  Erin Erin

gringo honeymoon mexico cityHi, there!  My name is Kristin.  I am from Washington, DC and currently live in Mexico City. 

1. Why did you move abroad?
We moved to Mexico for my husband’s job in 2010.  We’ve been living here for just over a year now and are having a ball.    

2. How do you make a living?
I work remotely for my company [a US consulting firm] and travel to the US often to meet with clients or spend time in our DC office.  I had worked at my company for more than six years when we moved to Mexico and was lucky that they were willing to be flexible about my location.  While I recognize it is a pretty great deal, it’s not always easy.  Working from home can get lonely [even with two pups], and the travel does get old.  I often feel like I am missing out by not working in a Mexican office environment, and that my Spanish would be much improved if I were, but for me this is the best arrangement professionally.       
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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 Chicago to Seville: Sunshine and Siestas

02 January, 2012 11:21  Erin Erin

sunshine and siesta portrait My name is Cat, and I’m a Chicago transplant to Southern Spain. I live in Seville, the capital of the region most synonymous with Spain – land of olive oil, flamenco and bullfighting.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I chose to move to Spain right after finishing college. I packed up 44 kilos of my life in America, including tokens of life on the other side of the “puddle” and hit the road with a dozen blank passport pages. I had studied abroad in Spain in 2005 and was dying to go back and siesta for another year. Assuming I’d live abroad for only a year, I chose to escape Chicago winters by going as far south as I could and just celebrated my fourth anniversary living in Europe’s frying pan.
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BlogExpat Wishes You a Happy 2012!

01 January, 2012 00:00  Erin Erin

StarWe wish you a very Happy New Year!Star

It is time for BlogExpat to reflect on a successful 2011 with exciting additions to the site for 2012.

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From Florida to Hong Kong: Seeking Elevation

29 December, 2011 10:23  Erin Erin

seeking elevation My name is Lisa Harvey.  I’m an American expat, born in Massachusetts and raised in South Florida.  In the past ten years, I’ve lived in Florida, Massachusetts, New Orleans, Venezuela, Kenya, Abu Dhabi, back to Florida, and Hong Kong (where I currently live).  I’m tired.

1. Why did you move abroad?
After I broke up with my boyfriend in 2001, he moved to Egypt.  I thought that was the most interesting thing he’d done  since I’d met him, so I followed him over there.  Some time during that six-week vacation, I fell back in love with him and in love for the first time with life abroad.  We returned to the States so I could get my master’s degree and then took off for good.
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Von Dortmund nach Manchester: Anna in the UK

26 December, 2011 09:00  Erin Erin

Anna UK england Ich heiße Anna Regeniter und komme ursprünglich aus einer kleinen Stadt bei Dortmund. Ich habe lange Zeit in London gewohnt und bin dann vor sechs Jahren  nach Manchester gezogen.

1.  Warum bist du ins Ausland umgezogen?
Als ich ungefähr 13 Jahre alt war entwickelte  ich eine regelrechte Obsession mit Großbritannien. Ich liebte alles, was britisch war: Popmusik, britische Literatur, britische Filme, britische Komödien. Ich war überzeugt, dass ich aus Versehen im falschen Land geboren worden war, und sobald sich die Möglichkeit ergab, zog ich um.
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From Melbourne to Papua New Guinea: A Goddess in the Kitchen

22 December, 2011 10:16  Erin Erin

goddess in the kitchen Hi, I’m Ella. Known to most as pg or Aunty Purple. Originally from Melbourne Australia, now living in Lae, Papua New Guinea.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Most expats will tell you it’s for the experience, or the chance to see other cultures. Us? The GFC hit, my husband was retrenched and he couldn’t get a job in Aus. After 9 months, unemployment and creditors forced us to consider expatting.
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