From Ireland to Britain to Ontario: Expatlog

29 March, 2012 10:27  Erin Erin

expatlogueHi, I’m Aisha Ashraf. I’m a freelance writer and I blog as Expatlogue, an accidental expat in Canada. Generally, introducing myself involves some explaining because my name doesn’t match my skin colour. I am originally from Ireland but spent most of my life in Britain where I was educated by Catholic nuns, before converting to Islam in my twenties. I realize this is not a great advertisement for the nuns, but I did appreciate the education they gave me, along with a lifelong love of plainchant!

I married into a Pakistani family, learnt Urdu, how to cook delicious Punjabi food and make roti. In the summer of 2010, we moved to Ontario, Canada. (More)

   


From Salt Lake City to São Paulo: Keeping Up With the Joneses

26 March, 2012 10:51  Erin Erin

keeping up with the joneses Oi! I’m Maike Jones (pronounced My-ka), an American expat living in São Paulo, Brazil. Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, I spent my childhood and young adulthood in the scenic mountains of the western United States. My husband, son and I then moved to Boston, Massachusetts for two years, after which we made the big leap to São Paulo in July 2011.

1. Why did you move abroad?
My husband Porter, also a native Utahn, lived in Brazil for two years in his early-twenties. After completing our graduate and doctorate degrees in the United States, Porter pursued career opportunities fusing his MD/MBA and knowledge of Brazil and accepted a position with the #1 private hospital in South America. After working in politics for five years, I traded in the boardroom for the playground to be a stay-at-home parent, so my exhausting yet rewarding job goes where I go. However as a lifelong travel enthusiast, I was thrilled at the opportunity to raise our young family in an exotic land far away, so long as our accommodations included both running water and electricity.

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Expat Interviews' 1 Year Anniversary!

23 March, 2012 11:13  Erin Erin

Hand with a microphone from the monitor © Vladimir Voronin - Fotolia Today marks 1 year since we launched BlogExpat Interviews. We've learned lessons from every corner of the world, both unique to the place the stories come from, and identifiable among expats everywhere.

A year of interviews has covered:

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From the Netherlands to Moldova: Life in the Expat Lane

22 March, 2012 11:30  Erin Erin

KarenvanderZee life in the expat laneI am Miss Footloose, aka Karen van der Zee. I hail from the Netherlands and have lived in a number of foreign countries. Right now I live in Moldova, Eastern Europe.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Even as a child I was eager to see more of the world than cows, cheese and bicycles. I wanted to travel and see mountains! Palm trees! Wild animals! My first expat experience was as a foreign exchange student in the USA where I spent a year living with a family and going to high school. I saw mountains, but no palm trees and no wild animals beyond squirrels and such. (Even the boys behaved, with me).

Later I met my American husband-to-be in Amsterdam and the year after I followed him to Kenya, where I saw palm trees and wild animals, and where we got married in a bizarre 10 minute ceremony in which my not-yet-husband was instructed in the art of having two wives. Fortunately,so far no second wife.

This was only the beginning of my expat life. My husband is a development economist and after his Peace Corps time in Kenya, his career has taken us to Ghana (where we had our first child), Indonesia, Palestine, Ghana (again), Armenia, and now Moldova. I am what is often referred to as a “trailing spouse,” which my mate finds an insulting term, since he considers me “part of the team.” (More)

   


From Wisconsin to Morocco: Memoirs From Morocco

19 March, 2012 09:32  Erin Erin

morocco memoirs jaime brown My name is Jaime and I’m originally from Kenosha, Wisconsin. I spent a few years living in Los Angeles before I moved to Morocco so I’m kind of like a West Coast-loving, mint tea-sipping  Cheesehead. And I love glitter.

1. Why did you move abroad?
It’s a pretty unique story, actually. I was working as a production manager for music videos, commercials and television and after a while it became less and less fulfilling. I wanted to be doing something different and living my life without being forced into the tiny bubble known as Hollywood. One day while visiting a friend, I saw a copy of the Quran on the bookshelf and I picked it up.  Turns out, I couldn’t put it down.
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From Arizona to France: Vino Vagabonds

15 March, 2012 10:15  Erin Erin

vino vagabonds Hello, we are Jeff and Brittany, aka Vinovagabonds, and we both met in Arizona while going to school. Our love of wine quickly grew so we moved to Napa Valley and were ultimately led to the South of France where we are absorbing everything we can about the life, culture, food, etc.

1. Why did you move abroad?
We have been travelling the world of wine in order to get in touch with the places and faces behind the wine being made outside the United States. We came up with the idea after working in the wine industry in Napa Valley. The amount that we learned during our time in Northern California was something that inspired us to do the same with other well-known wine regions. We started in South America, sipping Tannat in Uruguay and ultimately Malbec and Torrontes in Mendoza. Provence in the South of France was a natural progression from there. (More)

   


From Baltimore to India: Hello Talalay

12 March, 2012 10:45  Erin Erin

talalay india James and Sarah Talalay. We’re originally from Baltimore, Maryland USA and currently live in Chennai, India.

1. Why did you move abroad?
We moved abroad for Sarah’s job. She joined the U.S. State Department as a Foreign Service Officer in February 2011 and her first two-year overseas tour started in late June 2011.
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From Las Vegas to England: Quintessentially English

08 March, 2012 11:16  Erin Erin

Quintessentially English Hi, my name is Erin. I am an American originally from Las Vegas but I now live in Milton Keynes, England.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I moved to England not long after graduating university so I could be with my English husband, whom I’d met during university while studying abroad in Pau, France.
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De Montbrison à Dakar: Canal Dakar

05 March, 2012 14:52  Erin Erin

charles henry thoquenne canal dakar Charles-Henry, un quart de siècle depuis peu, originaire de Montbrison “ville passion” et installé à Dakar depuis un peu plus d’un an.

1. Pourquoi êtes-vous partis à l'étranger ?
Atteint d’une voyagite aiguë depuis l’âge de 20 ans, il me paraissait évident d’aller travailler à l’étranger dès la fin de mes études. Non pas pour fuir la France, mais plutôt pour trouver autre chose, vivre autrement dans un contexte différent, être confronté à de nouvelles situations. Après deux stages en Arabie saoudite et en Inde, je me sentais prêt à aller vivre (presque) n’importe où. Pas vraiment de pays de préférence, j’ai attrapé la première opportunité qui m’a plu, ce fût le Sénégal. (More)

   


From Chicago to Clermont-Ferrand: Femme au Foyer

01 March, 2012 11:57  Erin Erin

FemmeauFoyer portrait I’m Liene. Originally from Chicago, in November of 2010 my husband, 6 month old son and I moved from South Carolina to Clermont-Ferrand in central France. Femme au Foyer is my blog about adventures in France and Europe, as well as about motherhood, pregnancy abroad (due in early 2012) and our Latvian heritage.

1. Why did you move abroad?
My husband and I had long discussed an expatriation assignment and move overseas as a way to advance his career, spend a few years enjoying our family, learn a new language and broaden our horizon of experiences. When the offer materialized at about the time Lauris was born, we jumped (And we’re still jumping!).
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