De Lyon Ă  Chicago: Expat Forever

07 June, 2012 09:57  Erin Erin

Veronique expat forever Je m’appelle Véronique alias Expat Forever pour ceux qui suive mon blog du même nom. Je suis française et originaire de Lyon. Je vis actuellement à Chicago. Je suis une « serial expat » puisque j’ai vécu en Norvège (1999-2002), à Sri Lanka (2002-2005), puis retour à Nantes en France de 2005 à 2008 et enfin les Etats-Unis (2008-2012) avant un nouveau départ !

1. Pourquoi êtes-vous partis à l'étranger ?
Par amour ! Mon mari travaille pour le Ministère des Affaires Etrangères et Européennes (MAEE), d’où des déménagements à l’international tous les trois ans en moyenne.
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From Mexico to Jakarta: Stumble Abroad

04 June, 2012 06:43  Erin Erin

stumble abroadMy name is Ana Gaby, short for Ana Gabriela. With a telenovela name like that you can probably tell I come from somewhere in Latin America. I was born and raised in Mexico but by the time I was 23 I had already lived in 5 different countries due to my studies and for work.  I married another global nomad and after 4 wonderful years of marriage, 3 different countries and 2 beautiful boys we currently call The Big Durian (Jakarta, Indonesia) our home.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Love. Sound cheesy? It is, and it’s awesome. I was already living “abroad” working in Washington D.C. at an international organization while my better half was living in Frankfurt, Germany for work. After a few months of traveling back and forth across the Atlantic, he realized he couldn’t live without me ;), we got engaged, tied the knot and I became a trailing spouse after I quit my job and moved to Germany. My husband’s work has us moving every two to three years, so after two years in Frankfurt, and two in Bangkok we are expecting to stay in Jakarta until the summer of 2014. Then, who knows? We might go back to the US, or start a new adventure in a new continent.
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From Wales to San Francisco: Defining Moves

31 May, 2012 09:32  Erin Erin

Defining Moves Rachel Yates is an expat trailing spouse from Wales, who has spent the last 10 years turning relocation disasters into a worldwide traveling circus. She is the CEO and chief janitor at Defining Moves, where she creates resources for relocating individuals and families. Currently living in San Francisco, she has spent the last ten years routing through London, Nairobi, and Los Angeles, complete with 2 kids, 2 dogs and 3 cats. She has only once been upgraded on a flight.

Current goals include making it into Virgin First Class, learning HTML and locating a perfect Lemon Drop Martini.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I was duped. I was told I was going for a lovely year's sojourn to Kenya, where I could live a life of leisure, sip sundowners and wear freshly pressed linen every day. I put my job on hold for a year, packed up the house, kids and dogs, and followed my spouse to the Norfolk Hotel, where he had been languishing while I did all the grunt work. Fast forward one week: the hotel was a fond and distant memory and instead I was in the cargo section of Jomo Kenyatta Airport bribing my dog's way to freedom, having singlehandedly delivered the kids to school, navigated Nairobi's horrific traffic system without the aid of the map, and was only just beginning to realize that I had been had..
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From Seattle to Prague: The Europhile

28 May, 2012 10:17  Erin Erin

Bailey Alexander Europhile

My name is Bailey Alexander and I'm originally from Seattle. Since sailing across the Atlantic I’ve lived in Rome, Paris, Malta, Geneva, Amsterdam and now Prague; it’s been quite the nomadic life, it’s been a trip, eternally grateful for the opportunity.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I married a European while still living in Seattle and we bought a sailboat. Perhaps fate was in play as it made sense to sail across the pond, so we did. We packed our belongings and shipped them separately then set sail with my husband and two little papillons aboard our Nauticat 43. It proved to be a magical, slightly scary and very memorably voyage.
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De Suisse Ă  Istanbul: Une maman Ă  Istanbul

24 May, 2012 11:22  Erin Erin

une maman a Istanbul Je m’appelle Özge on me connait aussi sou le nom une maman à Istanbul. J’ai grandis en Suisse à Lausanne et maintenant je vis à Istanbul.

1. Pourquoi êtes-vous partis à l'étranger ?
Je suis née en Suisse mais mes parents sont turc, je suis retournée dans le pays de mes parents pour y fonder une nouvelle vie. Je me suis mariée et ai un enfant maintenant. Je vis dans une des villes les plus extraordinaires du monde.
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From Canada to China: Tales from Hebei

21 May, 2012 11:45  Erin Erin

tales from hebei My name is Kelly Sandor-Yang.  I’m originally from rural Saskatchewan, Canada, but now I live in a small city in Hebei, China (yes, a few million people is “small” by Chinese standards!).

1. Why did you move abroad?
The short answer is that I was dissatisfied with my job and unsure of what I wanted to do (find a new one, change careers, go back to school).  I basically chose to run away from it all for a year to try to figure it all out.  Then, just to show that life really is what happens when you’re making other plans, during that one year I ended up falling in love with a Chinese man and deciding to stay.  We are now married and building our life together here.
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From California to Helsinki: A Scandinavian Interlude

17 May, 2012 10:21  Erin Erin

scandinavian interlude Reindeer Mark from San Francisco, CA, USA and currently live in Helsinki, Finland.

1. Why did you move abroad?  
I moved abroad with my Finnish wife and 2 children.  We wanted to try a change of lifestyle and wanted the children to learn Finnish.

2. How do you make a living?  
I recently got a job working for a Finnish start-up company called Scoopshot.com.  Scoopshot specializes in “crowdsourcing” both photos and videos for media consumption.  It has been a very nice experience working in a Finnish company.  I am learning different cultures and working with many creative individuals and we are all working toward a common goal.  They have been very friendly to me so far and they have embraced international folks now at their Finnish company.
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Interview with Expat author - Jack Scott

14 May, 2012 10:00  Erin Erin

Jack Scott Jack Scott completed one of our first Expat Interviews, "From London to Bodrum: Perking the Pansies and Surviving the Expats in Turkey". Since that time, his blog of life in Turkey has grown tremendously. He translated his success into a memoir of his expat adventures and spoke with us about the difficulties of taking an expat blog to a book.

 

 

   


From Paris to Prince Edward Island: Sixtine And The Little Things

10 May, 2012 09:25  Erin Erin

sintine and the little things beach Hi, I am Deb, I am a 27 year-old Parisian French mum and I have been living in Prince Edward Island for almost two years.

1. Why did you move abroad?

I met a cute Canadian boy in Iceland in 2008, and we both decided that we should do something about it in the heat of summer 2009, in Prince Edward Island Canada. I was there for a full month. That summer, we quickly made the decision of being together again as soon as possible. I was a month away from starting my final year at a French university, and I loved being on the move so moving abroad to Canada was a very easy choice. We thought we would try for a year and see how it would go. We got married last year and have a beautiful daughter born last October ! So that trial year went pretty well ;)

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De Normandie Ă  PĂ©kin: French Man in Asia

07 May, 2012 09:03  Erin Erin

This talented blogger has presented his interview in both English & French! Read his French interview first, then continue to his interview in English at the bottom.

french man in asia Bonjour, Je m'appelle Julien, 28 ans, originaire d'un petit village de Normandie en France mais ayant vécu la plupart de mes expériences à Paris. Je vis maintenant depuis 1 année en Chine, domicilié à Beijing.

1. Pourquoi êtes-vous partis à l'étranger ?
J'ai toujours eu depuis petit le gout du voyage et l'envie de découvrir de nouvelles cultures. Lors de mes différents périples à travers le monde (Australie, Afrique, Malaisie, Indonésie… ) , je rentrais régulièrement avec cette idée qu'il me manquait une partie de la culture et de la vie d'un local. Ayant eu une opportunité professionnelle en 2010, j'ai décidé de sauter le pas l'an passé et d'atterrir dans un grand inconnu, la Chine.  (More)

   


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