From Texas to Panama: Xpat Escape

02 February, 2012 09:48  Erin Erin

Xpat escape portrait I am MeanderingMiss of the Xpat Escape blog and Twitter.  I use this pseudonym everywhere.  We might even have run across each other in an expat forum or two, but you can call me Stephanie.

We moved to Churuquita Grande, Panama from Austin, Texas in January 2011.

Some of my favorite things are photography, travel, writing, and cooking.  Recently opening a Mexican Restaurant in La Chorrera, Panama generally occupies the rest of my free time!

1. Why did you move abroad?
The hubs and I wanted to live in a tropical climate and still have spare funds to invest in our future.  We chose Panama because it’s a quick flight back and forth but still worlds apart.
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From Mississippi to Denmark: A Belle Abroad

30 January, 2012 10:25  Erin Erin

belle abroad london Hi there! I write as Belle on my blog, A Belle Abroad. It’s nice to meet you. I’m from a small college town in Mississippi. Since moving away from that small town in 2006, I’ve lived in Mongolia, Singapore, and London. I currently live with my husband and little boy in another small town. This one is called Vejle and it’s on the eastern coast of Denmark.

1. Why did you move abroad?
In 2005, I reconnected with my high school sweetheart and we fell in love all over again. There was only one problem: he was in talks to move and join a law firm in MONGOLIA! I’d never even been outside the continental US, but he really is something special. So in the spring of 2006 I quit my much hated job in retail, crammed as much stuff as I could into two suitcases, and hopped on a flight to Beijing to be with him. That’s how our adventures began.
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Di Italia in Norvegia: Unventennetraifiordi

26 January, 2012 10:38  Erin Erin

Unventennetraifiordi portrait

Mi chiamo Andrea, ho 20 anni e vengo da una piccola città sull’Adriatico.

Attualmente mi trovo in Norvegia, precisamente a Larvik.  

1. Perché ti sei trasferito all'estero?
Ho cominciato a visitare la Norvegia 2 anni fa quando ho conosciuto la mia attuale ragazza. Da allora sono stato qui più volte per brevi periodi fino a 6 mesi fa, quando ho deciso che valeva la pena provare a vivere un periodo di tempo lontano da casa, in tutt’altro ambiente. Così grazie all’aiuto della mia famiglia e di quella della mia ragazza il tutto si è concretizzato.

Sono partito così, un po’ spensierato, senza pensare bene cosa avrei fatto. Volevo solo scoprire qualcosa di nuovo e fare quell’esperienza mia.
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From Minnesota to Hanoi: Fishsauce, Motorbikes and the Golden Tortoise

23 January, 2012 09:10  Erin Erin

fish sauce vietnameMy name is Hannah and I’ve lived all over the United States, though most recently Minneapolis, Minnesota.  I’ve been living in Hanoi, Vietnam for nearly six months now.  

1. Why did you move abroad?
I had planned to live abroad since I was a little kid.  I had a good role model in my grandmother who lived in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Switzerland as a girl.  Additionally, I’ve lived in eight different US states.  Moving abroad seemed like a natural next step.  My parents weren’t shocked.  They’d sent one sister to study Arabic in Amman, Jordan, when she was 16, the other to study in Germany and me to study in France.  I moved abroad when I did, though, because I hated my job.  I scheduled medical appointments in a call center.  Despite seeming very sudden (I was offered a job and moved here three weeks later), the move was completely predictable.  To sum it up, I guess that I had always planned to live abroad but the decision to leave when I did was spurred by economics as I am going to be paying off student debt till I’m 400 years old.
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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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