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 ├á P├ękin: Et pendant ce temps l├á ├á P├ękin...

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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From Haïti to the USA to Venezuela: Balanced Melting Pot

01 August, 2011 10:28  Erin Erin

balanced melting pot portrait My name is Deborah and I was born in Haïti, moved to California when I was 3 years-old and now live in Caracas, Venezuela.

1. Why did you move abroad?
We moved abroad this time around for my husband’s job. He’s a diplomat with the Haitian government.
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From Sydney to Hong Kong: Eclectic Cool

28 July, 2011 09:41  Erin Erin

eclectic cool joanne I am Joanne, a Sydneysider. I own and design the lifestyle label, Eclectic Cool, based in Hong Kong.  I have been living in Hong Kong for 4.5 years with my family: a husband, 3 kids and a dog.   

1. Why did you move abroad?
I moved to Hong Kong as my husband was doing a lot of travelling from Sydney all around the world chasing great business opportunities. A move to Asia meant that he was closer to the action and the travelling was easier. I was also keen to develop my business ideas in Asia.
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From Somerset to Boston: On Love, Tea, and Alienship

25 July, 2011 11:16  Erin Erin

love tea alienship wed day My name’s Hannah, but my many nicknames include Hans, Span and (most recently, thanks to my husband), The HanMan (I’m told the The is important). I’m originally from Somerset, England, but lived for a number of years in London, and am currently living in Boston USA (read: suburb of Boston that’s nowhere near as nice as actual Boston).

1. Why did you move abroad?
I’d love to say it was for a job or an adventure or because I wanted easy access to Mozzarella Sticks…but it was for a man – Jeremy. We’d long distanced for over seven years (with some respite when I studied in Boston for a year) and then decided to get married and try living on the same continent. (More)

   


From Canada to Panama: Sweltering Tropics

21 July, 2011 10:17  Erin Erin

sweltering tropics girlsMy name is Laura.  I moved from Canada to Costa Rica with my husband and daughter in 2002.  We lived in Costa Rica until 2007, when  we moved to Panama (my younger daughter was born in Costa Rica).

1. Why did you move abroad?
My husband works for a Canadian reforestation company and he manages projects in Latin America.  When the opportunity to move to Costa Rica came up, we jumped at the chance. (More)

   


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