From Vancouver to Mumbai: A Little Bird on the Windowsill of Bombay

28 April, 2011 10:07  Erin Erin

a little bird on the windowsill of bombay bronwyn My name is Bronwyn. I’m from Vancouver, Canada, and am now living in Bandra west, Mumbai, India.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I’ve been living in and out of India for the past near three years. I think that my experience is different from a lot of expats because I was not sent abroad by my company, or assisted in any way with integrating into life in India. Each of my long stays in India has been because of my own initiative: I am now in Mumbai because I want to be here. I love the challenges presented to me on a day to day basis here, and feel that I’m growing in ways that I couldn’t back in Canada.

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From New Jersey to St. Petersburg: American Russia Observations

25 April, 2011 10:09  Erin Erin

Robert American Russian  flowersMy family name is Robbie, but in Russia it sounds like rabbi, which confuses people. So I just use
Rob MacDonald. I grew up in Maplewood NJ, but my later years I lived in the Flemington NJ area.
Since June 2000 we have lived in St Petersburg Russia.

1. Why did you move abroad?
We were married just a year when an over zealous INS made living in the United States untenable.

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From Indiana to Rotterdam: Cloggie Central

21 April, 2011 05:59  Erin Erin

Heather Cloggie CentralHello!  My name is Heather Tucker.  I am originally from Indiana, USA and I now live in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.  

1. Why did you move abroad?

I originally moved abroad in 1996 when I was just 16 years old.  I had been selected as a Rotary Youth Ambassador, which involved moving to a different country for one year.  The country I was assigned to was Estonia, where I lived in the capital city, Tallinn.  The year abroad was a great experience and involved a lot of travel opportunities.  The experience really highlighted to me how much I enjoyed Europe.  In 1998 I moved to the United Kingdom, where I lived for almost nine years in London and Kent before moving to the Netherlands in 2007.  
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From Florida to Beijing: Officially Foreign

18 April, 2011 09:00  Erin Erin

dana sunglasses officially foreign My name is Dana Zemke, I’m from Florida, USA and I now live in Beijing, China.

1. Why did you move abroad?
My husband’s company had a project open up and he was asked if we’d be willing to relocate.  We both love to travel and were expecting a move somewhere abroad for his work for years, so when they told us about China we were ecstatic.

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From Atlanta to Puerto Rico: Sun Kissed Bliss

14 April, 2011 10:52  Erin Erin

sun kiss bliss puerto rico misty great dane My name is Misty and I am originally from Atlanta, GA. I have also lived in New York and most recently Pensacola, Florida. Currently I live in Isabela, Puerto Rico, a small beach community on the north shore of the island.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Nothing too glamorous or spontaneous…my husband’s job brought us to Puerto Rico.  Although his job is pretty cool and I am very excited for the opportunity to live on a tropical island!

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From Boston to Milan: A Change Of Underwear

11 April, 2011 09:54  Erin Erin

underwear garrettCiao! My name is Garrett McKenna. I’m an American originally from Boston. I moved to Italy on September 28th, 2005. Bologna (the city of tortellini and ragú sauce) was my first Italian “hometown” and I’m currently living in Milan (the city of fashion and design).

1. Why did you move abroad?
After I finished college, I decided that I wanted to “explore my roots”. Like almost everybody from Boston, I had both Irish and Italian ancestry (my Dad’s side is Irish and my Mom’s side is Italian – both going back to great grandparents). I moved to Galway, Ireland for ten months and worked at a bar/restaurant. After that, I returned to the states for a bit before setting off for Italy. When I first got here I had no job, no friends, no place to live, and I barely spoke any Italian. It was supposed to be a one-year-experience thing, but here I am more than 5 years later…

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From California to London: A Lady in London

04 April, 2011 09:43  Erin Erin

A Lady in LondonI’m Julie. I’m originally from Silicon Valley, California, and I now live in London by way of Nice, Providence, San Diego, Prague, Paris, Brussels and San Francisco.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I moved abroad because I love to travel and I wanted to see more of the world.

2. How do you make a living (working? Tell us about your experience)?
I make a living from running a travel business. I write my blog, www.aladyinlondon.com, and I also have websites like www.visitingeu.com that offer tips for travel. I plan trips for people, too. I enjoy it a lot, not least because I get to travel all over the world.

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From London to Bodrum: Perking the Pansies and Surviving the Expats in Turkey

28 March, 2011 09:47  Erin Erin

Jack ScottMy name is Jack Scott. I am originally from London and last year I moved to Bodrum in Turkey with my civil partner, Liam.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I was a petty bureaucrat for 30 years gently ascending a career ladder to middle management, middle income and a middling suburban terrace; comfortable, secure and passionately dissatisfying. I thought it high time to take a break from my labours, put my feet up and watch the pansies grow.

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From Seattle to Berlin: Back to Berlin...and Beyond!

23 March, 2011 10:31  Erin Erin

Ian AutumnMy name is Ian and I’m born and bred in the Pacific Northwest.  I attended college in Seattle and lived there until 2007, when I moved to Berlin, Germany for a year.  I returned home briefly to get hitched, and now I’m living in Berlin with my wife and having a blast!

1. Why did you move abroad?
I previously had spent a year abroad in Berlin, and after returning home for a couple of years, I realized something was missing in my life.  What it was, was the adventure and excitement that comes from living in a foreign country.

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Welcome to Blog Expat Interviews!

21 March, 2011 09:21  Erin Erin

Hand with a microphone from the monitor © Vladimir Voronin - FotoliaThe expat experience makes for a great story of adventure, drama and surprise. While each expat’s story is unique, we can all learn valuable lessons from each other’s experience.

BlogExpat interviews offers expats a standard format in which they can be as funny, informative, and/or honest as they want about life as an expat. Interviews with expats in the UK, Italy, Russia, Cuba, Holland, Turkey, the United States, Cambodia, and more offers a view into their amazing lives. Questions about how they earn a living, myths about their adopted country, and favorite things about being abroad provide an intimate look at expat life. Each of our interviewees also has an expat blog in which you can hear more about their successes, and occasional failures.

These stories serve as inspiration, advice, and entertainment for expats, travelers, and people who want to hear more about the world. We appreciate their expertise and look forward to sharing their experience with the world. Enjoy the interviews & best of luck in your own adventures as an expat.

   


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