De Barcelona a Abu Dhabi: Abu Phampi

27 August, 2012 10:12  Erin Erin

AbuPhampi waterMi nombre periodístico es Abu Phampi… nací hace 30 anos (con un nombre normal ;P ) en la localidad catalana de Lleida, a pocos km de Barcelona, y ya no me acuerdo de lo que es ponerme un jersey, un abrigo o una bufanda… hace dos años la vida me llevo a la cálida ciudad de Abu Dhabi, capital de Emiratos Árabes Unidos.

1. ¿Por qué se fue al extranjero?
A parte de una inquietud innata  por conocer mundo y por los idiomas; los estudios, el amor y el trabajo me llevaron respectivamente a ir, a permanecer y a seguir en el extranjero. Le interesara al lector que no soy alguien que ha huido de ninguna crisis. Una decisión clave durante mi juventud me ha regalado 8 años de maravillosas experiencias por el mundo.


From New York City to Moscow: Impressions of an Expat

23 August, 2012 10:34  Erin Erin

Marco from New York, now living in Moscow.Impressions of an expat marco

1. Why did you move abroad?
I am an involuntary expat, as my daughter was kidnapped from the USA to Russia when she was two. That was five years ago. I could not imagine being separated from her, so life for the foreseeable future is in Moscow.

2. How do you make a living?
I run an International creative agency and design studio out of the USA, where I had worked for about twenty years. Every job is different. Every client is different. I work in about 14 time zones, and never know what people are going to ask me to create – one day a viral film, the next a children’s toy.


From the USA to China to Singapore to Paris: Expat Edna

20 August, 2012 10:24  Erin Erin

expat edna I’m Edna, an American and serial expat. I first moved abroad at 18, then two weeks after graduating university in 2010, I left the US for good. I have lived and worked in China and Singapore, and am currently based in Paris.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Different reasons each time. At 18, I moved to China for a year and a half as a break from my small-town college life and to broaden my horizons. At 21, I moved to Singapore on a whim because I had just graduated and knew that I didn’t want to stay in the US. In January of this year, I moved to Paris to follow an opportunity to further my career.


From Melbourne to Ho Chi Minh City: Channel Steve

16 August, 2012 10:58  Erin Erin

channel steve Hi, My name is Steve. I’m originally from Melbourne, Australia and I moved to Ho Chi Minh City in 2009.

1. Why did you move abroad?
After 13 years in a giant corporate, serving internal and external IT customers in various ways, I found myself increasingly dissatisfied (with life?), but not sure why. I wangled a severance package during a huge corporate restructure, which allowed me the luxury of a long overseas trip. I chose Asia because we have so many Asians in Melbourne, but because they tend to keep to themselves I knew nothing about them.

Seven countries and 53 days later I came home, having fallen in love with Vietnam and Japan, but not knowing if I would ever see those places again. I started a new job, but remained unhappy. A few weeks later I read that my favorite metal band, Judas Priest, was playing the Budokan in Tokyo. This is one of those iconic gigs that most people only ever dream of attending, but I was determined to make it happen. A rather spontaneous trip ensued, leading me back to Japan, with Vietnam added for good measure as well. It was after that trip I knew I needed to live in Vietnam. I undertook a TESOL course, hooked up with a local agency, sold my house, ended my 10-year relationship and moved. Crazy, you say? Maybe so. I am now much more satisfied with life, though.


De Nice à Montréal: CindyChou à Montréal

13 August, 2012 09:39  Erin Erin

CindyChou a Montreal bannerBonjour à tous, mon nom est Cindy, je suis française (née à Nice) et j’habite à Montréal au Québec depuis maintenant 1 an et demi. J’ai 23 ans et j’aime les voyages, la bonne bouffe, la photographie, et les bisounours.

1. Pourquoi êtes-vous partis à l'étranger ?
Comme beaucoup d’étudiants avant moi j’ai eu envie de tenter l’expérience à l’étranger pendant un stage. L’expérience s’étant révélée concluante, j’ai décidé de poursuivre mes études dans une université canadienne en emportant mon amoureux dans mes bagages. Pour vous l’instant je suis plutôt ravie de mon choix, et je le recommande à ceux qui hésitent encore. Allez-y, sautez le pas on ne vit qu’une fois !!!  (More)


From Paris to London: Britishette

09 August, 2012 10:07  Erin Erin

Britishette Hi I’m Jo, aka Britishette on my blog. I’m a 33 year old Parisian girl who loves to move around. With my Austrian hubby Chris, we lived in Seattle, New York, Vienna, Tokyo and Paris. As our little girl Stella turned 1, we packed our bags again and crossed the channel to experiment the London life. Can’t believe how things are different just a train ride away!

1. Why did you move abroad?
I love to live abroad. I am so curious about the daily life of people in other countries. I get excited just visiting the supermarket. So when my husband was asked to relocate to London for work, I didn’t hesitate for one second. We had been in England before, but never to live, and I think it is such a different experience to settle in a new country. The love of football, of crazy fashion and pubs convinced us to get on the Eurostar. (More)


From the USA to Auckland: Practically Perfect...

06 August, 2012 11:47  Erin Erin

Practically Perfect Jenny Tucker – originally from the US, currently living in Auckland, New Zealand

1. Why did you move abroad?
My husband was looking for career opportunities, and we both agreed that we would consider certain countries outside of the US.  We saw one that was being advertised by a New Zealand employer and as the job was very much in line with his interests and expertise, he applied.  He was flown over for an interview, loved the job, really liked the city, and so was happy to accept once they made an offer.


From Ontario to Sardinia: My Sardinian Life

02 August, 2012 08:25  Erin Erin

My Sardinian Life Jennifer My name is Jennifer Avventura. Jennifer is my birth name and Avventura is a pen name. I come from the Niagara Region, Ontario, Canada and now live in the Gallura, Sardinia, Italy.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I first moved abroad when I was twenty years old. I spent a year backpacking around Australia. After hanging with the kangaroos and surfers I moved to St. Helier, Jersey, UK where I worked in an uber fine dining establishment. I spent a few years back in Canada then hightailed it to Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands for two years and again, I worked at an uber fine dining establishment. After Cayman I spent eight years in Canada and that’s when Sardinia called.


From Virginia to Norway: A Suitcase and Stilettos

30 July, 2012 10:39  Erin Erin

Suitcase and Stilettos mountain

My name is Megan Starr…I am originally from Virginia but now live in beautiful Norway.  My Norwegian home is in just as much of an identity crisis as my American life was.  I spend my time in between Bergen and Oslo.  Two homes is better than one, right?  

1. Why did you move abroad?  
On a random July night in Las Vegas a couple years back I met a Norwegian boy.  Let's just say that not everything that happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. :)  

2. How do you make a living?  
Yikes.  Well, I have had a pretty lousy experience with the UDI (Norwegian immigration services department) and despite having quite a lot of education, I have not been able to obtain a work visa in the country just yet.  So…I spend my time freelancing.  UDI's solution to my problem?  "Just get married".  Oh the joys of being an expat!


From Arizona to Okinawa: More Things Japanese

26 July, 2012 09:29  Erin Erin

Benjamin Martin more than Japanese Benjamin Martin is from Arizona, USA now living in Okinawa, Japan.  He is author of the YA novel Samurai Awakening coming this Fall from Tuttle Publishing, and recently won the 2012 Kengo Tarumi award for his photography in JTA’s yearly contest.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I’ve been interested in Japan since high school when I took Japanese as my foreign language requirement.  The more I learned about it, the more intrigued I was, yet I knew I’d never really be able to learn the language until I went.  I continued studying through college and applied for the Japanese Exchange and Teaching Programme run by the Japanese government.  I got accepted and after graduation started packing my bags. (More)


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