From Singapore to Tokyo: Lioness in Japan

11 July, 2011 10:57  Erin Erin

lioness japan bike My name is Yu Ming and I’m from the Little Red Dot, also known as Singapore. I moved to Tokyo in Oct 2006 and from being just a “trailing spouse”, I’m running my own online business, Beauty Box, an online store that sells Japanese beauty products and supplements to the US and Canada.

1. Why did you move abroad?
My fiancé got a job with an Australian software company that needed someone to head up their Tokyo office. He moved there eight months before I did to have a feel for the place and to make sure he really liked the job. Once he decided it would be a permanent location for us, he asked me to move to Japan, so I quit my job, packed my bags, and flew over.


De Paris à New York: Desperate French Mom

07 July, 2011 09:31  Erin Erin

desperate french mom logoHello moi c’est Desperate French Mom, Laurence pour les intimes. J’étais il n’y a pas si longtemps une working parisienne pure et dure jusqu’à ce coup de fil fatidique qui a tout fait basculer. Désormais j’habite tout au nord des Etats-Unis, à Rochester plus exactement. Et j’ai embarqué dans mes valises mes 2 lutins (2,5ans et 9mois!) ainsi que mon Dunkerquois bien entendu.

1. Pourquoi êtes-vous partis à l'étranger ?
C’est une question que je me pose tous les jours...Mais qu’est-ce qui m’a pris??!

Plus sérieusement, parce que l’opportunité s’est présentée pour mon homme de travailler aux USA et que nous avions cette idée en tête depuis longtemps... découvrir de nouveaux horizons, sortir de notre routine, apprendre et profitez de la vie!


From New York City to Rome: Burnt by the Tuscan Sun

04 July, 2011 08:19  Erin Erin

burnt tuscan sun fracesca Francesca Maggi, Multimedia Producer living in Rome (6 yrs) after living in Milan 12 years

1. Why did you move abroad?
As an Italian-American, I travelled to Italy as a child and again through college.  I always wanted to live there.  So, I made my career in NYC out of New Business Development – working with Italy and in 1992 a Company from my hometown (Metro Detroit) sent me to run their subsidiary in Milan.  Since then, I’ve changed jobs but have always stayed abroad.



From USA to Serbia: Yankee in Belgrade

30 June, 2011 09:33  Erin Erin

yankee belgrade birds sky I’m an American woman who has lived in Serbia for 34 years and who blogs under the name of “Bibi”.

1. Why did you move abroad?

2. How do you make a living (working? Tell us about your experience)?
Am a retired teacher. Have authored three children’s books, do subtitles for films, and contribute photos and articles to various magazines



From Los Angeles to Shanghai: Shanghai Shangrila

27 June, 2011 10:26  Erin Erin

An American couple in Shanghai each share their journey. Read about their individual perceptions of being an expat. Tiffany's story is first, with Mike's story below.


shanghai shagrala boat My name is Tiffany Hynek and I’m from Los Angeles, California in the United States. I am currently living in Shanghai, China.

1. Why did you move abroad?
My boyfriend, Mike Finstad, and I had lived in Los Angeles for over five years and we were ready for a new adventure. We both wanted to try to move to China to gain international experience in a country that is growing so quickly. Being an architect, I was intrigued by not only the amount of building, but also the amazing historical architecture in China.



From Paraguay to America to Argentina and back: Nomadic Behaviour

23 June, 2011 10:27  Erin Erin

Nomadic Behavior My name is Natalia Fernandez. I was born in Paraguay. My father was a diplomat and my mother an Argentine expat.  I grew up as a TCK (third culture kid) so asking me where I’m from will result in more then one possible answers. I grew up in Chile, The United States, Paraguay, Argentina and Peru.  Our family moved to the US from Chile in 1981, and we grew up and enjoyed childhood until 1993.  There was a change of government in Paraguay, the first civilian president.  I finished elementary and middle school and we were off again. This time it was Peru. Here, I finished high school and went to Paraguay and Mexico for university. After living in Paraguay for a few years, I decided to start travelling, so I did. I traveled all around the southern cone, until Christmas every year when it was back to Paraguay for a couple of weeks.

I am currently living in Paraguay, visiting relatives and family before I leave again. It’s good to have a home base where someone is always waiting for you.  My husband and I love to travel, in fact he wouldn’t be my husband if he didn’t. We’re on a quest for the perfect place to live and love life.  I’m not a complicated person, I don’t drive, I never owned a car, I walk. I don’t use creams or make-up that often; it takes me 30 seconds to get ready to go out. We have a grain and sugar free diet, we’re careful about what we put in out bodies. I LOVE origami and have a website that makes origami balls in exchange for donations for prosthesis for people living with phocomelia in Paraguay, like myself:

This summer we are going to Florida, let’s see where we decide to go from there.


From London to Holland: Invading Holland

20 June, 2011 10:07  Erin Erin

invader_stu_supporterMy name is Stuart. I’m an Englishman from London and I’ve been living in Holland since 2001.

1. Why did you move abroad?
My move abroad was not exactly planned. In fact, in many ways it was quite by accident . I had no plans to move to Holland. I didn’t even have any plans to leave London but after a year of being out of college and still trying to find a job I came across a cryptic job advertisement that intrigued me. It had no address, no phone number. All it had was an email address. It was very mysterious but I thought I would apply anyway even though I was aware that it could lead to some kind of fake office interview/black market organ harvesting situation.

When I received a reply a few days later there were two surprises. (1) At no point did they enquire about the condition of my internal organs and (2) they were offering to pay for my flight to the interview location in Amsterdam… Holland. As you might have guessed until that point I had (maybe rather foolishly) not even considered that the job might be in another country.



From New York to Cuba: Here is Havana

16 June, 2011 10:26  Erin Erin

conner cuba harborHola! Im Conner Gorry, a native New Yorker and resident of Havana since 2002.

1. Why did you move abroad?
For love and other complex reasons - including September 11th. My family was directly affected by the 9-11 attacks, so in addition to falling in love with my husband, it felt like a good time to hightail it the hell out of there.



From Australia to Mexico: The Philiad

13 June, 2011 09:50  Erin Erin

philiad My name is Philip Johnson, I’m an Australian currently living in Mexico. I say I’m Australian but people are constantly calling this into doubt. Apparently my accent isn’t strong enough. I’m working on rehabilitating it, but still it’s disturbing how often people mistake me for a non-native English speaker (people often guess that I’m Danish for some reason).

1. Why did you move abroad?
I never hatched any grand plans to ‘move abroad’. When I first started travelling, I ended up working and living abroad quite by chance. I was lucky to fall into the world of the English teacher, which is an easy access point to living abroad. Since that first accidental experience (living in Spain and earning under-the-table euros by teaching government employees), I’ve been living ‘abroad’ almost continuously. Once I fell into it I had no desire to climb back out.



From South Africa to Korea: Claudia and Oliver’s Korean Adventures

09 June, 2011 09:32  Erin Erin

oliver claudia korea I am Claudia and Oliver is my boyfriend. We have been dating since November 2004.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I had been nagging and nagging at Oliver, telling him that I needed to get out see the world. At the time Oliver was working as a photographer at a car magazine (a fantastic job which made him reluctant to leave) and I had just finished my honours at University (which made ever fibre of my body want to leave). I applied for an international scholarship and the day I didn’t get it I was devastated. I marched up to Oliver, who was busily working on photos and merely told him that I was going to teach English in Korea or work as a UN Volunteer and I hoped he would come with me. Without waiting for a response I turned my heels in the other direction and went to sulk. After about fifteen minutes, Oliver slinked into the room and with a smile on his face said “let’s do it” and that is how one of our most amazing journeys ever began!



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