From Florida to England to Kuwait: Educated Abroad

31 December, 2012 09:41  Erin Erin

educated abroad My name is Gary and I’m originally from the Great State of Florida. I’ve been married for 15 years to a wonderful German lady named Alex.  My wife and I have one son, Christopher, who will shortly turn seven.  Some of the cities we’ve called home are: Serbia, USA, Canada, Germany, Luxembourg and England.  We currently live in Kuwait City, Kuwait.

1. Why did you move abroad?
How we ended up in Kuwait has more to do with my wife’s profession than anything else.  Because of her job, a Foreign Service Diplomat, our family moves regularly and quite frequently; on average every two to four years, depending on the needs of my wife’s government.  Prior to Kuwait City, we were posted to London, England for four years.
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From Buenos Aires to Texas: Ana Travels

27 December, 2012 09:26  Erin Erin

My name is Ana and I am originally from Argentina. I lived in Buenos Aires until I married a wonderful Welshman called Sean, who whisked me away to Dallas, TX. That was the first of many culture shocks I experienced. Because of his job, we’ve lived in Jersey (UK) and Toronto (Canada). I can say I am a trailing spouse thing.

I don’t go backpacking, couch surfing or camping. I don’t do incredibly daring things like feeding tigers or swimming with sharks. I just follow my husband and try to make the most of the places we visit. I lead an ordinary life, I think, except I do it in different cities (often in the same week!) I provide travel tips and advice based on my own experience.

1. Why did you move abroad?

I met my British husband in Buenos Aires, where he was working. After a few years he got a job in the US and we decided that if we wanted to stay together, we would have to get married and move to Dallas. In a way. What was difficult about this decision was not the marriage bit but leaving my family and friends behind to start a new life in a place I knew nothing about. (More)

   


From Texas to Penang: Malaysian Meanders

24 December, 2012 08:41  Erin Erin

Malaysian Meanders profile

Howdy and Selamat Datang! My name is Michele. I originally hail for Texas but have lived on the tropical island of Penang, Malaysia since the summer of 2011. Before I moved, I was your typical, suburban stay-at-home mom to three kids. Now, I consider myself a jetsetting housewife of mystery. This is the first time my family has lived overseas.  My parents are Chinese from the Philippines, but I was born and raised in America. Living in Southeast Asia has been a terrific opportunity to reconnect with my heritage. Our contract here is just for a few years, and we expect to return to our home in Texas when we’re finished.

1. Why did you move abroad?
When I was growing up in the USA, my immigrant parents always imbued in me a sense that America is the best place to be. My mom tells the story of a childhood dream where she made three cartwheels and found herself in America. Getting their immigration papers and moving from the Philippines to California fulfilled a lifelong wish. I was raised hearing about the sacrifices they made so that their kids could live in “The Land of Opportunity” where even poor, immigrant Asians had the chance to succeed. So, I never really considered living anywhere else other than the USA.

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From Halifax to London: Bluenose Girl

20 December, 2012 08:54  Erin Erin

Bluenose GirlI’m originally from the small city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, on the east coast of Canada and I am very proud of the place where I grew up, which has played a part in shaping who I am today and how I see the world.  Currently I live in London, learning what makes this great city tick and making the most of having Europe at my doorstep.

1. Why did you move abroad?  
I have always been fascinated by other countries and after travelling living abroad seemed like a way to take that to the next level and really get to know a country.  Also living with all of mainland Europe just a couple hours away is a dream.
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From California to Chile: Memoirs of a Gringa

17 December, 2012 08:20  Erin Erin

memoirs of a gringa My name is Maggie and I’m originally from a small city outside of San Francisco, California. I moved to an even smaller city in Rhode Island after high school. After graduating from college the first time I fell into a rut. I didn’t quite know what to do with my life (it probably didn’t help that I had a degree in anthropology). I decided to go back to school and get my Master’s in education with the plan of moving abroad as soon as I graduated.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I knew for quite a long time that I wanted to live abroad. It wasn’t hard for me to choose a location. My mom is Chilean and grew up in Santiago. The majority of my family lives in Chile so it just seemed like a logical choice.
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From New York City to the South of France: Blaxpat and Loving It

13 December, 2012 09:39  Erin Erin

Blaxpat and Loving It My name is Delorys Welch-Tyson.  I was born, home grown and educated in the “Big Apple (New York City)”.  I’ve lived in other parts of the United States as well: Missouri, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Connecticut.

For the past 14 years my husband and I have been living in the South of France.

1. Why did you move abroad?
It just seemed logical.  You see…many years ago (I won’t tell you how many), I took a simple one week vacation in Nice.  I instantly fell in love with the region and continued to come, for increasing lengths of time every year for over a decade.  

When my husband retired, we decided to move here indefinitely.
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From Indonesia to Scotland to Australia: Finally Woken

10 December, 2012 08:41  Erin Erin

finally woken Anita McKay is a trailing spouse who loves traveling, food, cat, photography and architecture, although not necessarily in that particular order. Born and bred in Indonesia, she went to Sydney, Australia, to finish her master’s degree  – her first taste of being an expat – before going back to Indonesia to work. In 2007 she moved to Aberdeen, Scotland, got married, and settled there for more than 2 years. Just right at the time when she started to understand the Scottish accents, she and her husband had to move again to the most isolated city in the world. She’s been living in Perth, Australia, since November 2009 with her husband and Xander, their 1 year-old cat that’s also a known as the lizard hunter.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I met my then-boyfriend when both of us were working in Indonesia. After 3 years he decided to take a job back in Aberdeen, Scotland, and asked me to move with him. It took me a year before I decided to leave Indonesia and move to Scotland.
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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.
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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.
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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…
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