From Florence to Stockholm: Don't Look Now

05 September, 2011 09:29  Erin Erin

don't look now valerieHi, I'm Abilene and come from Firenze, Tuscany. Firenze is probably one of the most beautiful cities in the world with art, food, nightlife and a lot of nice stuff but because I lived there almost all my life I decided to try something different and moved to the quiet, sleepy, nordic capital of Sweden.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I’m a bit of a gypsy. I can’t spend too much time in the same place. I’ve chosen Sweden because life is easier and more relaxed than in Italy. The job conditions are much better here than in my country. I could afford one month holiday and I’m more respected as a woman. At the moment i’m happy here with this life. Next year.. I don’t know yet. (More)

   


From West Virginia to Costa Rica to Barranquilia: Black in Latin America

01 September, 2011 08:58  Erin Erin

Costa Rica black latin america Being Wayne Branch, I say R. Wayne Branch and others say Dr. Branch, from Rand, West Virginia and now living in Barranquilla, Colombia. Has been a hell of a journey.  I am blessed.  

1. Why did you move abroad?
I have always been a little different.  So it was not surprising to hear some of my friends say “… you never cease to amaze me.” So perhaps moving outside of the country has always been in my DNA.  I am ready to live life more simply; less focused on what I can accumulate and more focused on creating opportunities to live my passions.  I am ready to consume myself with family, of enormous value in Latin America, and projects that secure my future.  I am ready to be more giving to myself, less stressed, in better balance and in better health.  I have always been, and now I am ever more so, less accepting of the racism I feel here in the United States.  I am less tolerant of the negativity and frustrated by our inability to improve the infrastructures supporting our society.  I want to be in a place where I feel nurtured.  I want to be in an environment where people care about our connection to the earth and to one another.  I feel those things on the coast of Colombia.   (More)

   


From British Columbia to Budapest to the South of France: That's Hamori!

29 August, 2011 09:29  Erin Erin

hamoriI am Eva Hamori. We sold our life in BC, live part time in Budapest and buying a B&B in the South of France.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I love the European lifestyle. Walking streets, people dress up to go to the store, communities gather in parks and have outdoor celebrations. The pulse of Europe is young, alive and fun. Families are active, they are travellers and have strong family ties. It’s not just a place to live, it’s a place to be alive.
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From Chicago to Kathmandu: The Kathmanduo

25 August, 2011 10:11  Erin Erin

kathmanduo mtns Hello! Our names are Claudine and Brian, but feel free to refer to us as the Kathmanduo.  We’re just two Type-A go-getters who traded life in Chicago’s corporate skyscrapers for expat adventure on the Roof of the World: Kathmandu, Nepal.

1. Why did you move abroad?

Faced with a crossroads in life, Claudine yearned to return to her passions for Asia and international development work. Brian longed for…well, anything but corporate law. Seeking the simplest, most obvious solution, we decided to move to Kathmandu, where Claudine spent a summer doing research in college and as newlyweds we honeymooned in bliss. Except for that one food poisoning incident.
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From Canada to Malta: Mike & Jess in Malta

22 August, 2011 10:05  Erin Erin

mike jess marina We are Mike and Jess, a couple of young expats from the East Coast of Canada. We are currently living in Malta, a small island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea.

1. Why did you move abroad?
We wanted to live in a place which made travelling easier. Hopping on a plane to visit a new country for a weekend was difficult and costly in Canada. We also wanted a different kind of lifestyle than the one we had in Canada, and we wanted to live in a country with a rich history and culture. And of course, we were looking to escape Canada’s notoriously long and cold winters.

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From Harare to Johannesburg: Ebony Delights

18 August, 2011 10:28  Erin Erin

ebony delights My name is Samantha. I am from Harare, Zimbabwe and I am currently living in Johannesburg, working in Bloemfontein, South Africa. I’ve been here 3 years and changed jobs twice (this is my second job). I am enjoying the pace of this country.  

1. Why did you move abroad?
I just moved across a border not abroad but to answer your question frankly I was tired of the power cuts and waking up at 5 to prepare for a work. I did it for a solid month and got even more ticked off by something at work- late pays and one woman wanted to control me. I got so fed up that when I got my pay that month end I got on a bus and came here with no cell phone and one pair of shoes. I left a lot of stuff behind. It was a good decision. I buy now new shoes almost every month instead of a few times a year.

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From the UK to Vancouver to Sydney: In Search of a Life Less Ordinary

15 August, 2011 09:35  Erin Erin

less ordinary couple I’m Russell, a British expat currently living on Sydney’s Northern Beaches in New South Wales, Australia. Originally from the UK, I left home in 2003 and emigrated to Vancouver, Canada before moving to Ottawa several years later. In 2006, I left Canada for my wife’s home city of Sydney in Australia.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I moved abroad in search of a different way of life, away from the hum drum of the 9-5 work routine and weekends spent in shopping malls or nursing the obligatory Sunday morning hangover in front of the television. I wanted to experience life rather than just live it and so went looking for a lifestyle surrounded by natural beauty and full of new experiences.
Australia offered something that I could only ever enjoy for a few weeks of the year in England whilst on my summer holiday. Australia offers a laidback way of life, with increased family time spent outside and more of a focus on the kinds of things to do away from work rather than a focus on the day job itself. (More)

   


From London to Argentina: English Gaucho

11 August, 2011 10:15  Erin Erin

english gaucho horse I am David Cummings, alias The English Gaucho. I am from London and now live in Argentina.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I like to live in different countries and experience different cultures. Some times it works out sometimes not. At the moment I have  been in Argentina for seven-  no wait, wow eight years – where does the time go – its worked out fine here luckily enough.
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De Nice Ă  PĂ©kin: Et pendant ce temps lĂ  Ă  PĂ©kin...

08 August, 2011 09:24  Erin Erin

peking french Je m'appelle Marion, j'ai vécu 8 ans à Nice avant de m'envoler pour Pékin.

1. Pourquoi êtes-vous partis à l'étranger ?
Après le bac (il y a 10 ans de cela) mon rve était de partir vivre un an à l'étranger, seule. Mes rêves portaient alors sur l'Amérique du Sud. Et cela n'a pas pu se faire à ce moment. Puis ensuite le temps passe, on va à la fac, on rencontre un petit ami avec qui on s'installe, on obtient son concours... Le train-train quotidien nous emporte et on se dit qu'on est finalement pas fait pour l'aventure et la vie à l'étranger. Et puis par hasard je suis tombée sur les postes de résidents offerts par l'AEFE (agence pour l'enseignement du français à l'étranger qui gère les établissements scolaires français à l'étranger). Je me suis rendu compte ce jour là qu'il existait de spostes en documentation dans les lycées français. Il y avait cette année là un poste à Zapopan au Mexique! En découvrant ça l'envie est revenue comme par magie et c'était presque devenu un « besoin». J'avais une semaine pour envoyer les dossiers et je l'ai fais et l'idée ne m'a pas lâché. C'était cette année où jamais. J'ai envoyé les dossiers pour les contrats de résidents, sans y croire, et j'ai passé des mercredis entiers à envoyé des candidatures spontanées dans tous les établissements où j'aurais aimé allée (Moscou, Beyrouth, Stockolm, Lima, Hanoï...). Finalement je n'ia pas obtenu de contrat de résident mais j'ai été classé 3ème à Porto ce qui était encourageant!

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From Canada to Moscow: Big White Barbie Tries Borscht

04 August, 2011 09:45  Erin Erin

Big White Barbie building My moniker, Big White Barbie, barely makes a lick of sense these days, but I've grown so fond of it over the years that I can't bring myself to drop it. Before moving to Moscow in early 2011, I taught in South Korea for two and a half years, where the Big White Barbie blog was born. After doing hard time in Korea, I completed a CELTA certification in Hungary and then taught for a semester at a university in Japan. I teach English and sometimes do other things, very few of them notable.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I originally moved abroad just to get away for a year and figure some things out. I had spent most of the previous two years working a dead end tech-support job, and was in desperate need of a new direction. I knew several people that had gone to South Korea and spoke well of the experience, so I finally decided to take the plunge in the fall of 2007. What was only intended to be a 12-month excursion before getting back on the real-life track, has somehow resulted in a new career.
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