From the UK to Johannesburg: Chickenruby

25 June, 2012 10:38  Erin Erin

chickenruby Hi I’m Suzanne, known by more people as ChickenRuby. 40, mother of 3 Aged 13-20, step mother to 2 aged 22 & 24, eldest profoundly disabled.

SAHM, not by choice, laws of the country.

Relocated January 2011, 3 older kids remained in the UK, couldn’t get them a visa (never considered it actually).

1. Why did you move abroad?
Back in September 2010 Hubby took a call out of the blue asking him if he fancied working in South Africa….how could we say no?
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Di Sicilianu in Monaco di Baviera: Wanesia

21 June, 2012 09:12  Erin Erin

wanesia Salve,il mio nome e´ Wanesia  sono siciliana  e vivo da quasi 4 anni a Monaco di Baviera

1. Perché ti sei trasferita all'estero?
Approdo in Germania per seguire il mio uomo.Ho conosciuto Phelipe nel 2008 e dopo un anno di incontri a meta´ strada, ho deciso di espatriare.

2.Come ti guadagni da vivere?
Finalmente dopo corsi di tedesco e un semestre di integrazione al lavoro, mando molti curriculum e mi viene offerta una giornata di prova. In effetti ne avevo fatti tanti,ma ero esigente per quanto riguardava il lavoro che volevo. Ho fatto studi artistici,ma ho sempre bazzicato nel mondo della gastronomia. Ho un corso di sommelier alle spalle e una specializzazione in finger food. Ho trovato il posto che volevo e lavorare mi entusiasma molto. Diciamo che sono stata fortunata.

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From the UK to Portugal: Julie Dawn Fox

18 June, 2012 10:02  Erin Erin

julie dawn fox Hi, I’m Julie, originally from the UK but I’ve been living abroad for 10 years so I consider myself to be a serial expat. I’ve put down roots in Portugal and have been living here since 2007. I came here wanting to settle down and it wasn’t long before I had a husband, a dog and a house in the country so it’s all worked out quite well for me so far.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I developed a serious case of wanderlust during a 16-month backpacking trip in my late 20s. When I got back to the grey skies and expensive, irregular public transport services of the UK, I decided I needed to find a sunnier place to live. I hate being cold, getting up in the dark and sacrificing my days to long winter nights so I’ve never regretted leaving the UK.
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From London to São Paulo: The Book is on the Table

14 June, 2012 09:25  Erin Erin

book is on the table brazil Hi, I'm Andy and I'm originally from London, UK where I worked as a social worker. In February 2012 I moved to São Paulo, Brazil with my wife and I'm blogging about adjusting to life here. I'm getting used to it. Gradually....

1. Why did you move abroad?
It was a move that we had planned for while. I met my wife (who is from São Paulo) when I first went travelling around South America in 2007/08 and then she moved to the UK in 2009. However, she deferred her degree to do so and I always promised that we'd come back eventually so she could finish it.

Then, in February my job finished due to government cuts in the UK and it seemed the right time to go,  especially as the the Brazilian university term starts in February. It all worked out quite nicely in the end!
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From Toronto to Berlin: Cheryl Howard

11 June, 2012 09:59  Erin Erin

cheryl howard 1. Why did you move abroad?
I took a 9 month sabbatical from work and spent my time being lazy and travelling. After visiting Europe twice, I fell in love with the continent (not a guy) and knew I wanted to move abroad.

Within months of my second visit, I sold almost everything I owned, quit my job and left behind my family and friends in Toronto, Canada. If you want to know the entire story about why I moved to Berlin, you can read all about it on my blog.

My love for Berlin and Europe has blossomed in the year since I've been here. I'm so fully committed to my new “relationship” that I recently applied for a long term work permit to stay  for another 2 whole years.
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De Lyon à Chicago: Expat Forever

07 June, 2012 09:57  Erin Erin

Veronique expat forever Je m’appelle Véronique alias Expat Forever pour ceux qui suive mon blog du même nom. Je suis française et originaire de Lyon. Je vis actuellement à Chicago. Je suis une « serial expat » puisque j’ai vécu en Norvège (1999-2002), à Sri Lanka (2002-2005), puis retour à Nantes en France de 2005 à 2008 et enfin les Etats-Unis (2008-2012) avant un nouveau départ !

1. Pourquoi êtes-vous partis à l'étranger ?
Par amour ! Mon mari travaille pour le Ministère des Affaires Etrangères et Européennes (MAEE), d’où des déménagements à l’international tous les trois ans en moyenne.
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From Mexico to Jakarta: Stumble Abroad

04 June, 2012 06:43  Erin Erin

stumble abroadMy name is Ana Gaby, short for Ana Gabriela. With a telenovela name like that you can probably tell I come from somewhere in Latin America. I was born and raised in Mexico but by the time I was 23 I had already lived in 5 different countries due to my studies and for work.  I married another global nomad and after 4 wonderful years of marriage, 3 different countries and 2 beautiful boys we currently call The Big Durian (Jakarta, Indonesia) our home.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Love. Sound cheesy? It is, and it’s awesome. I was already living “abroad” working in Washington D.C. at an international organization while my better half was living in Frankfurt, Germany for work. After a few months of traveling back and forth across the Atlantic, he realized he couldn’t live without me ;), we got engaged, tied the knot and I became a trailing spouse after I quit my job and moved to Germany. My husband’s work has us moving every two to three years, so after two years in Frankfurt, and two in Bangkok we are expecting to stay in Jakarta until the summer of 2014. Then, who knows? We might go back to the US, or start a new adventure in a new continent.
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From Wales to San Francisco: Defining Moves

31 May, 2012 09:32  Erin Erin

Defining Moves Rachel Yates is an expat trailing spouse from Wales, who has spent the last 10 years turning relocation disasters into a worldwide traveling circus. She is the CEO and chief janitor at Defining Moves, where she creates resources for relocating individuals and families. Currently living in San Francisco, she has spent the last ten years routing through London, Nairobi, and Los Angeles, complete with 2 kids, 2 dogs and 3 cats. She has only once been upgraded on a flight.

Current goals include making it into Virgin First Class, learning HTML and locating a perfect Lemon Drop Martini.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I was duped. I was told I was going for a lovely year's sojourn to Kenya, where I could live a life of leisure, sip sundowners and wear freshly pressed linen every day. I put my job on hold for a year, packed up the house, kids and dogs, and followed my spouse to the Norfolk Hotel, where he had been languishing while I did all the grunt work. Fast forward one week: the hotel was a fond and distant memory and instead I was in the cargo section of Jomo Kenyatta Airport bribing my dog's way to freedom, having singlehandedly delivered the kids to school, navigated Nairobi's horrific traffic system without the aid of the map, and was only just beginning to realize that I had been had..
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From Seattle to Prague: The Europhile

28 May, 2012 10:17  Erin Erin

Bailey Alexander Europhile

My name is Bailey Alexander and I'm originally from Seattle. Since sailing across the Atlantic I’ve lived in Rome, Paris, Malta, Geneva, Amsterdam and now Prague; it’s been quite the nomadic life, it’s been a trip, eternally grateful for the opportunity.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I married a European while still living in Seattle and we bought a sailboat. Perhaps fate was in play as it made sense to sail across the pond, so we did. We packed our belongings and shipped them separately then set sail with my husband and two little papillons aboard our Nauticat 43. It proved to be a magical, slightly scary and very memorably voyage.
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De Suisse à Istanbul: Une maman à Istanbul

24 May, 2012 11:22  Erin Erin

une maman a Istanbul Je m’appelle Özge on me connait aussi sou le nom une maman à Istanbul. J’ai grandis en Suisse à Lausanne et maintenant je vis à Istanbul.

1. Pourquoi êtes-vous partis à l'étranger ?
Je suis née en Suisse mais mes parents sont turc, je suis retournée dans le pays de mes parents pour y fonder une nouvelle vie. Je me suis mariée et ai un enfant maintenant. Je vis dans une des villes les plus extraordinaires du monde.
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