From Honolulu to Yokosuka: With Aloha from Japan

16 April, 2012 10:48  Erin Erin

With Aloha from Japan couple Hi there!  My name is Shannon E. and I was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii.  After high school, I lived in Washington State for five years, Northern California for eight years, Hawaii again for another three years and now I have the amazing privilege of calling Yokosuka, Japan my home. 

1. Why did you move abroad?
My husband and I had long discussed moving to Japan in order to advance his career (he is a civilian with the U.S. Navy), to allow me to take a break from mine (I was an employment attorney), and just to start our lives as husband and wife together on our own, without too many outside influences.  So when my husband got the job here in Japan, it was really a no brainer for us and he accepted immediately.  Shortly after he accepted the job, the earthquake/tsunami hit Japan and for a little bit we were unsure what was going to happen, but once the U.S. State Department gave the all clear, we stuck with our plan to move and I think it was the best decision we ever made!
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From USA to Saudi Arabia: Saudi Scenes

12 April, 2012 10:49  Erin Erin

saudi scenes camelI am SaudiExpat, from the United States now living in Saudi Arabia.  

1. Why did you move abroad?
I moved to Saudi Arabia for my husband’s job.  He took a job with a major oil producing company that moved us to Dhahran.

2. How do you make a living?
I am a stay at home mom with two kids.  There are not many opportunities for expat women to work in Saudi Arabia no matter how qualified they are.  
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From Kuala Lumpur to Sydney: The New Edge

09 April, 2012 09:53  Erin Erin

new edge opera house Hi, I’m Jeanne, and I live in Sydney. I come from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I used to work long, crazy hours at the office, but now I work non-stop at home. The blog is named The New Edge because moving here involved facing new frontiers and expanding my horizons.

1. Why did you move abroad?
We visited the country a year earlier and fell in love. When my husband was offered a posting here, we leapt at the opportunity.
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De Paris à Singapour: Paris-Singapore

05 April, 2012 08:14  Erin Erin

gardens singapour Enoa, pas encore 30 ans, français né à Paris qui a émigré à Singapour il y a près d’un an

1. Pourquoi êtes-vous partis à l'étranger ?
Autant par goût du défi que par envie de voir autre chose. Après 4 ans passés dans la même entreprise à Paris j’avais besoin d’un nouveau départ pour ne pas m’enfermer dans une routine qui commençait à devenir pesante. Et surtout pour partir avant qu’il ne soit trop tard, le plus dur ce n’est pas de partir à l’étranger mais de quitter son petit confort quotidien (et au fil des ans il est de plus en plus difficile de partir).
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From Perth to Doha: Sonya and Travis

02 April, 2012 10:40  Erin Erin

sonya and travis We are Sonya and Travis, originally from Perth, Australia, moved to Doha, Qatar.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Travis was sent to Qatar on a project, initially on a fly-in fly-out arrangement.  We had always wanted to experience living abroad and saw a longer term opportunity with Qatar. After a few months into the project, Sonya looked for work and eventually we decided to relocate to the Middle East.
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From Ireland to Britain to Ontario: Expatlog

29 March, 2012 10:27  Erin Erin

expatlogueHi, I’m Aisha Ashraf. I’m a freelance writer and I blog as Expatlogue, an accidental expat in Canada. Generally, introducing myself involves some explaining because my name doesn’t match my skin colour. I am originally from Ireland but spent most of my life in Britain where I was educated by Catholic nuns, before converting to Islam in my twenties. I realize this is not a great advertisement for the nuns, but I did appreciate the education they gave me, along with a lifelong love of plainchant!

I married into a Pakistani family, learnt Urdu, how to cook delicious Punjabi food and make roti. In the summer of 2010, we moved to Ontario, Canada. (More)

   


From Salt Lake City to São Paulo: Keeping Up With the Joneses

26 March, 2012 10:51  Erin Erin

keeping up with the joneses Oi! I’m Maike Jones (pronounced My-ka), an American expat living in São Paulo, Brazil. Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, I spent my childhood and young adulthood in the scenic mountains of the western United States. My husband, son and I then moved to Boston, Massachusetts for two years, after which we made the big leap to São Paulo in July 2011.

1. Why did you move abroad?
My husband Porter, also a native Utahn, lived in Brazil for two years in his early-twenties. After completing our graduate and doctorate degrees in the United States, Porter pursued career opportunities fusing his MD/MBA and knowledge of Brazil and accepted a position with the #1 private hospital in South America. After working in politics for five years, I traded in the boardroom for the playground to be a stay-at-home parent, so my exhausting yet rewarding job goes where I go. However as a lifelong travel enthusiast, I was thrilled at the opportunity to raise our young family in an exotic land far away, so long as our accommodations included both running water and electricity.

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Expat Interviews' 1 Year Anniversary!

23 March, 2012 11:13  Erin Erin

Hand with a microphone from the monitor © Vladimir Voronin - Fotolia Today marks 1 year since we launched BlogExpat Interviews. We've learned lessons from every corner of the world, both unique to the place the stories come from, and identifiable among expats everywhere.

A year of interviews has covered:

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From the Netherlands to Moldova: Life in the Expat Lane

22 March, 2012 11:30  Erin Erin

KarenvanderZee life in the expat laneI am Miss Footloose, aka Karen van der Zee. I hail from the Netherlands and have lived in a number of foreign countries. Right now I live in Moldova, Eastern Europe.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Even as a child I was eager to see more of the world than cows, cheese and bicycles. I wanted to travel and see mountains! Palm trees! Wild animals! My first expat experience was as a foreign exchange student in the USA where I spent a year living with a family and going to high school. I saw mountains, but no palm trees and no wild animals beyond squirrels and such. (Even the boys behaved, with me).

Later I met my American husband-to-be in Amsterdam and the year after I followed him to Kenya, where I saw palm trees and wild animals, and where we got married in a bizarre 10 minute ceremony in which my not-yet-husband was instructed in the art of having two wives. Fortunately,so far no second wife.

This was only the beginning of my expat life. My husband is a development economist and after his Peace Corps time in Kenya, his career has taken us to Ghana (where we had our first child), Indonesia, Palestine, Ghana (again), Armenia, and now Moldova. I am what is often referred to as a “trailing spouse,” which my mate finds an insulting term, since he considers me “part of the team.” (More)

   


From Wisconsin to Morocco: Memoirs From Morocco

19 March, 2012 09:32  Erin Erin

morocco memoirs jaime brown My name is Jaime and I’m originally from Kenosha, Wisconsin. I spent a few years living in Los Angeles before I moved to Morocco so I’m kind of like a West Coast-loving, mint tea-sipping  Cheesehead. And I love glitter.

1. Why did you move abroad?
It’s a pretty unique story, actually. I was working as a production manager for music videos, commercials and television and after a while it became less and less fulfilling. I wanted to be doing something different and living my life without being forced into the tiny bubble known as Hollywood. One day while visiting a friend, I saw a copy of the Quran on the bookshelf and I picked it up.  Turns out, I couldn’t put it down.
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