From New England to Taipei: My Neon Sign Lullaby

06 December, 2012 09:49  Erin Erin

My Neon Sign Lullaby I’m Eileen. I was constantly on the move while I was growing up, but a big chunk of my heart is in New England (Maine, Massachusetts). I’m actually not from England.

I’m currently living in Taipei, Taiwan. I’m starting my life from scratch as a foreign bride. I’m learning Mandarin; adapting on a beautiful island.

1. Why did you move abroad?
My husband found a job in his home country, I’m basically a trailing spouse. I figured I can make the most of it and take advantage of immersing in the culture to learn the language.


From Germany to Japan: Zooming Japan

03 December, 2012 08:25  Erin Erin

Zooming Japan Hi, my name is Jasmine. Originally I’m from Germany, but now I live in Japan. I planned to only stay a short time, but after many years I’m somehow still here.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I’ve been interested in Japan ever since elementary school, so I at least wanted to visit once. When I was in school, I didn’t get any chance. As a university student I didn’t have any money. As soon as I graduated I went for a short vacation and fell in love with the country. I knew that those few weeks I spent there weren’t enough. I wanted more! Laughing

And as I just got my MA degree I had nothing to lose. I sent a few applications, got a job and moved to the land of the rising sun.

Visiting a country you were always interested in, then realizing that it’s even better than you expected was motivation enough for me to make the big move. I wanted to get to know the culture, the food, the people and the language more.


De Suisse à Vienne: Novo Monde

29 November, 2012 08:09  Erin Erin

novo monde coupleBonjour à tous, nous sommes Fabienne et Benoit, un jeune couple suisse expatrié à Vienne en Autriche depuis maintenant 15 mois.

1. Pourquoi êtes-vous partis à l'étranger ?
A la base nous avions simplement envie d’acquérir notre première expérience professionnelle à l’étranger, le pays n’étant pas fixé. Nous avions déjà décidé de quitter notre région d’origine (Lausanne) pour notre Master (que nous avons fait à Zürich) mais ce n’était pas encore assez pour assouvir notre envie de dépaysement… Nous voulions simplement vivre une nouvelle expérience loin de chez nous. Et c’est par le biais d’une opportunité professionnelle pour Benoit que nous avons décidé que Vienne serait notre ville d’adoption pour les deux années à venir…


From Wisconsin to Prague to Nuremberg: Heather Goes to Deutschland

26 November, 2012 07:54  Erin Erin

Heather Goes to Deutschland beerMy name is Heather, I’m originally from a small town in Wisconsin, and I’m currently living in Nuremberg, Germany.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I moved to Prague, Czech Republic, in January 2009, in order to take a course to become a certified English teacher, and hopefully find a job in Prague or elsewhere.

2. How do you make a living?
Since taking a course to get my TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certification, I have been working as an English teacher. I worked for 2.5 years in the Czech Republic, and have been living/working in Germany for the past year. While in Prague I worked with students from ages 3-50+, which was an interesting challenge in that I'd go from using puppets in one hour, to teaching business English the next. In Germany, I’ve primarily been teaching business and technical English in various international companies. (More)


From Wisconsin to Chendu to New Delhi: Hot Pot

22 November, 2012 09:30  Erin Erin

hot pot babyHi, my name is Danielle, you can call me Dani.  I grew up in a very small, very safe, very boring Midwestern town that is most well-known for it’s NFL team.  The first time my husband visited, he asked me “Dani, why is there a church, a strip club, and a bar on every block?”  It gets very cold in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  People need things to do in the wintertime, I guess.

I don’t live anywhere near Wisconsin anymore.  In 2010, after living previously in Chennai, India and Washington, D.C. I moved to Chendu, China with my husband, Chris.  In 2012 we moved from China to New Delhi, India, bringing our 14 month old son, Will, with us.  

1. Why did you move abroad?
The short version: my husband made me.


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.


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!



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.


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.


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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