From Britain to Spain to the Netherlands: Tales from Windmill Fields

19 November, 2012 10:33  Erin Erin

Tales from Windmill Fields Rosalind Van Aalen Grant, known as Windmilltales in the blogging world. Born in Britain, lived most of life in Spain and now live in the Netherlands. Am what is known as a TCK.

1. Why did you move abroad?
My parents moved us abroad when I was 10 to Spain, to escape the then economic crisis, 22 years later and I have done the same thing to the Netherlands.
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From Canada to Mexico: Jay in Cancun

15 November, 2012 09:21  Erin Erin

jay in cancun dog Hello! I’m Jay Payne, a Canadian expat exploring Cancun, Mexico...

1. Why did you move abroad?
The weather in Toronto (my hometown) was slowly driving me mad. When it rains in Toronto, it turns grey and somber and rains all day. Hostel Kankun. It’s VERY "basic" accommodation, but if you’re in Cancun & spending more than a few waking hours a day in your room, you’re doing something wrong!

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From Michigan to Melbourne: Keys Down Under

12 November, 2012 08:32  Erin Erin

Keys Down Under I’m Aubree Keys. I’m originally from Michigan, but my husband and I moved from Denver, Colorado to Melbourne, Australia at the end of April, 2011.

1. Why did you move abroad?
My husband Zack works with an IT consulting firm, and he accepted a job transfer to Australia.

2. How do you make a living?
I was a fulltime teacher back in the United States, and I didn’t work outside the home when we first moved abroad. Now I’m a casual relief (substitute) teacher, employed through an agency.
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From the Philippines to Saudi Arabia: I Live in Yanbu

08 November, 2012 10:11  Erin Erin

i live in yanbu profile My name is Raymund and I come from the Philippines. I live in Yanbu, a small industrial city west of Saudi Arabia. I moved here to work six years ago but have not really learned to consider it home. I spend my summer vacations in Manila. Someday, I know I will have to leave Yanbu and go back to the Philippines.  

1. Why did you move abroad?
Like millions of Filipino migrant workers around the world, we go abroad to find better work opportunities so we can make our lives better and help our families who are left behind. From domestics to executives, we are called the OFWs (Overseas Filipino Worker) and considered as modern heroes back home.
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From Rome to Amsterdam: Famsterdam Life

01 November, 2012 10:49  Erin Erin

famsterdam life tulip My name is Fabio and I've been Italian for the past 31 years. I grew up in Rome, but with family in Tuscany and Abruzzo (the region opposite of Rome) I've been used to travel around from my childhood. I now live in Amsterdam, the Netherlands colorful capital.

1. Why did you move abroad?

My first experience of living abroad was in France in 2004 for my university studies. Once back home at the end of the semester, my thirst for adventure was stronger than ever. I rushed throug the rest of my uni program and immediately started looking for a job in the Netherlands.
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Di Perugia a Bangkok: Andrea in Thailandia

29 October, 2012 08:38  Erin Erin

Andrea in Thailandia Ciao, mi chiamo Andrea. Sono un giovane (forse non proprio anagraficamente ma di sicuro nello spirito) perugino trapiantato dal 2008 in Thailandia, a Bangkok.

1. Perché ti sei trasferito all'estero?
E’ l’”esterofilia” considerata una patologia? Se sì, credo di esserne stato affetto fin da piccolo. E’ grazie ai miei genitori che ho scoperto la bellezza di esplorare mondi e culture nuove. Dopo la laurea credevo di aver trovato nei Castelli Romani il luogo perfetto dove vivere. Le vicende della vita sono però incontrollabili e così, senza premeditazione, sono arrivato a Bangkok.

Non sono venuto in questo paese per ricongiungermi ad un amore sbocciato in internet o casualmente incontrato in un bar, come invece sembra accadere spesso a molti italiani che decidono di trasferirsi qui – senza considerare questa una motivazione di “serie B” – ma anche nel mio caso l’amore è stato la molla che mi ha fatto fare il grande passo.  

Ho inseguito un sogno e ne ho realizzati molti altri.
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From Idaho to Buenos Aires: My Beautiful Air

25 October, 2012 13:31  Erin Erin

My Beautiful Air profile My name is Vivi Rathbon.  I was born and raised in Boise, Idaho and now I live in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  

1. Why did you move abroad?

I studied abroad in college and loved having a first hand view of a different culture, city and language.  When I graduated college, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do.  At the time I had friends who were moving abroad to China to teach English.  I thought that was a great idea.  China didn’t appeal to me, but I was very curious about South America.
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From Canada to Jamaica: Kate and Kayla

22 October, 2012 10:58  Erin Erin

kate kaylaWe are Kate and Kayla, two Canadian girls who quit their jobs, sold everything and moved to Jamaica in pursuit of sunshine, adventure and happiness!

1. Why did you move abroad?
We travelled to Jamaica by chance, looking to escape the cold Canadian winter ...little did we know what an impact it would have on our lives!  We fell in love with the country, culture and climate and it just made us realize we wanted something different from what we were doing with our lives back home in Canada ... so we took a chance and moved to Jamaica!

2. How do you make a living?
At the moment, we actually travel back to Canada to work and earn money, as it is difficult to find work as a foreigner in Jamaica.  We do however, have plans in the near future to open our own business in Jamaica to enable us to live and work there permanently.
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From Norway to Barcelona: New Life in Spain

18 October, 2012 10:37  Erin Erin

new life in spain Hi there, I am Norwegian Señorita, the girl behind the blog New Life in Spain. I come from Norway but now I am living a happy sunny life in Spain! I started with one month in Málaga on the south coast, then moved on to Barcelona where I still live. However I am just about to move again to a new Spanish city! Barcelona is great, fantastic, wonderful, but there’s so much more to this country and it’s time to move on!

1. Why did you move abroad?
First of all I had always been dreaming of living somewhere warmer, where the winter wasn’t so long, dark and hard as in Norway. Second, I wanted to learn Spanish. I have always thought it sounded so incredibly beautiful, and after a couple half hearted intents to learn the language in Norway I figured the only real (good) way to learn a foreign language was to actually live in the country where you get exposed to it 24/7. Or at least more than in Norway! I also felt trapped in a bit of a boring routine in Norway and one day I decided to snap out of it and do something fabulous with my life! Boy am I happy I did!
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De Barcelona a Nueva York: las aventuras de una au pair en apuros

15 October, 2012 11:06  Erin Erin

las aventuras de una au pair en apuros nyc Hola a tod@s! Soy Carlota, una Española de 24 años nacida en Barcelona (y con raíces Leonesas también) que al acabar la universidad se armó de valor y decidió irse por un año a los E.E.U.U., concretamente en Pleasantville, un pueblecito en el estado de New York, a 40 min en tren de Manhattan.

1. ¿Por qué se fue al extranjero?

Una vez acabada la diplomatura de infantil decidí cursar un año más para obtener el graduado de primaria con mención en lengua extranjera y obviamente, al acabar ese año me di cuenta de porqué los españoles tenemos un nivel de inglés más bien pésimo, y es que yo no me veía capacitada en absoluto para enseñar inglés cuando ni yo misma era capaz de tener una conversación medianamente fluida. También tengo que decir que no me apetecía nada empezar a “echar raíces”.

Una amiga de clase me comentó lo que iba a hacer y decidí hacerlo también, era la opción más interesante y económica: ser Au pair por un año.
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