From Florida to the Netherlands: A Flamingo in Utrecht

08 October, 2012 10:35  Erin Erin

flamingo in utrecht My name is Alison and I’m a native Floridian. However, I moved to North Carolina at the age of 16, beginning my experience of leaving behind everything I know and having to learn to adjust. Since then, I’ve moved to New Orleans, New York City, and now I live in the Netherlands. I seem to have an affinity for places names related to the letter N.

1. Why did you move abroad?

My boyfriend had his own business dealing with European clients and it made more sense to be here, rather than for him to travel for weeks at a time multiple times a year. We decided on the Netherlands, despite the fact that he’s originally from Italy, because it’s a convenient location for doing business in Europe.
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From Germany to Texas: A German Expat's Life in Texas

04 October, 2012 10:34  Erin Erin

A German Expat's Life in Texas pit I've been born and raised in Germany and have been living there till 4 years ago, when I moved to the USA, southern Texas, that is, and married there. I'm now a permanent resident of the US, aka a resident alien.

1. Why did you move abroad?

To marry and to live with the woman I came to love here.

2. How do you make a living?

I'm a retired German Civil Servant and thus get my retirement money, even if I live abroad, as long as I retain my German citizenship.
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From Atlanta to Madrid: Pass the Ham

01 October, 2012 10:47  Erin Erin

Pass the Ham Hello there! So, I’m Hamatha (ok, Nicole) and I’m originally from Atlanta, Georgia. I moved to Madrid in 2006 and have been expatting it every since. (Does that sound a little dirty?)

1. Why did you move abroad?
Well, I’ll give you the short version because I tend to dramatically go on and on about this. I studied in Madrid when I was in college. I was here for about 6 weeks and then, I took some time to travel around Europe. And as the saying goes, I truly found myself in Europe, meaning that I truly found myself liking not working, truly found myself drinking beer at lunch and, quite often, truly found myself pretending I was a cool international spy.

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From the USA to Kenya: One Trailing Spouse

27 September, 2012 09:02  Erin Erin

One Trailing Spouse Hi, I'm Emily.  I'm a writer, reader, traveler, and trailing spouse from the U.S. My husband and I met as Peace Corps volunteers in Vanuatu (in the South Pacific).  After he and I had worked for a few years and gone to grad school, he was offered his dream job.  I left my [albeit crappy] job to follow him on his career path.  We're currently living in Nairobi, Kenya.

1. Why did you move abroad?

The short answer: for my husband's job.  The longer answer:  he and I have both spent quite a bit of time abroad (as students and as Peace Corps volunteers).  We enjoy living in foreign countries and so we were excited when he got his current position, which involves a lot of international travel and the potential to live abroad.  When he got the chance to work in Nairobi, we were very excited.
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From Seattle to Istanbul: Postcards from Istanbul

24 September, 2012 09:35  Erin Erin

postcards from istanbul adrian My name is Adrian. I am from a small island outside of Seattle. I grew up in a world of beach bonfires and bustling coffee shops, surrounded by mountains, trees and the Puget Sound. Currently, I call Istanbul home. Istanbul is a city of beautiful chaos, incredible hospitality and constant activity.

1. Why did you move abroad?
During college, I spent one semester in London. Every day was a new adventure. I had friends from all over the world and I travelled on a regular basis. The moment I returned to US soil, I felt inhibited and yearned to return to life in a global city. As I approached my college graduation, I was full of wanderlust. I purchased a one-way ticket to Istanbul. I came with the intention to live in Turkey for a year. Three years later I am still here…
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From Seattle to Montreal to Rome: Pines of Rome

20 September, 2012 10:55  Erin Erin

pines of rome tiffany My name is Tiffany Parks. I was born and raised in Seattle and completed my studies in Boston and Montréal. I have been living in Rome for the past 8 years.

1. Why did you move abroad?

From the time I was a little girl and I first learned that I had Italian blood (albeit just a quarter) I knew I was destined to live in Italy. I can’t explain how I knew, let’s just say that my entire life I felt led to move here, until I could no longer ignore the urgings anymore, and I just came.
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From Italy to Shanghai: Expat Cucina

17 September, 2012 12:22  Erin Erin

expat cucina daniMy name is Daniela. I’m from Italy (Lecce – south) but I live in Shanghai (china) since 2008.

1. Why did you move abroad?

I moved to china after graduating from collage. My major in uni was Chinese so I thought It was necessary for me to do some work experience abroad for improving the language.

2. How do you make a living?
My “day job” is  being an alliance manager for a Swiss company, Kaba, we sell security systems and data collection devices. I spend most of my free time cooking, blogging about food and giving cooking classes.
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From Florida to Liverpool: American. A broad.

13 September, 2012 10:52  Erin Erin

paula american. a broad. Paula. From Florida to England.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I met a wonderful man and we decided to take the plunge and get married. I always saw myself living in another country and everything seemed to be lining up to make it happen so I made the move.  

2. How do you make a living?

I was very fortunate to be able to use some recent contacts I had in the music industry and land a job 2 weeks after I moved. I wasn't planning on it happening so soon, but it did! I work at some of the biggest music festivals in the UK as well as help run a vintage vinyl shop in the heart of Liverpool. Pretty much my dream job.
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From Pennsylvania to Madrid: El Boqueron Viajero

06 September, 2012 09:07  Erin Erin

El Boqueron Viajero couple This talented Blogger presented her interview in both English & Spanish! Read her English interview first with the Spanish interview below, and check out her dual English/Spanish blog.

My name is Abigail, the American side of El Boqueron Viajero.  I am originally from West Reading, Pennsylvania and I went to school at the University of Pittsburgh.  After college I moved to New York City where I did a Masters in Bilingual- Bicultural Elementary Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.  I taught for two years in the public schools in bilingual programs before deciding to move to Spain to pursue a second Masters in Spanish Language and Literature at Saint Louis University.  I´ve been living in Madrid for four years now, and recently married my best friend and partner in El Boqueron Viajero, Pedro.
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From Cincinnati to Czech Republic to Switzerland to Kuala Lumpur: Katie Not in Prague

03 September, 2012 10:53  Erin Erin

Katie Not in Prague My name is Katie and I’m originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. After living in the Czech Republic and Switzerland, we moved to Kuala Lumpur a year ago.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I studied abroad in Prague during college, which is where I met the guy I ended up marrying. We moved back to the US and life went on until he was offered a job in Prague in early 2008. Because Prague holds a lot of good memories for us and we had a built-in social network there we were more than happy to move back. As the recession hit and cuts started to be made at his company he saw the writing on the wall and began looking for another job. He found one at a fantastic company that took us to Geneva. Two years after that the husband was asked to do an international assignment in Kuala Lumpur, which is where we are now.

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