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.


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.


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!).


From Brazil to USA to Africa and back to Brazil: 3rd Culture Children

27 February, 2012 11:37  Erin Erin

3rd culture children Raquel L. Miranda, Brazilian by birth, lived and studied in Argentina. Worked as an international researcher in the USA, before marrying and becoming a Foreign Service ‘hauling spouse’, mother of 3 third-culture children, all under the age of 7! Currently posted in Recife, Brazil - previous posts including Washington, DC and Maputo, Mozambique.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I was born abroad! [smiles!] My parents used to be public servers with the Brazilian government, so we traveled a lot. With a background in science and research, I was always on a plane, traveling to conferences or symposiums. Then, one day, 11 years ago, resting at the beach in Brazil, while taking a break from my PhD research and endless lecture preparation at the university, I met the one who would become my husband – he was a charming 26 year-old pre-grad student, interested in international politics, and (surprise!), who liked to travel around the world. When an offer to work as a researcher at the University of California (at Davis) came along, I felt like it was a great opportunity to give my then-growing relationship, a shot! And, so far, it’s been working pretty well! Every couple of years our family moves to a different post, adjusts to different cultures, different settings – and we love it! It’s challenging, but intriguing, and it can be a lot of fun! We are an adventures group of people, and we tend not to be afraid of new tasks.


From London to Vancouver: In, Around and In Spite of my Family

23 February, 2012 11:26  Erin Erin

pomomama Howdy. I’m Amanda, but I blog/twitter/facebook as pomo mama, or sometimes as ebbandflo. I live near Vancouver, BC and moved from London, UK over ten years ago. I was born in Scotland.

1. Why did you move abroad?

I moved for love - sigh – my husband got a secondment. We’d always wondered “How do we get to live here?” as we travelled through Vancouver in airport transfer buses on our way to Whistler. So when he was offered the chance there were no second thoughts! I cheerfully resigned my way to expat unemployment.


From Germany to Budapest: Hung Alien Nation

20 February, 2012 10:00  Erin Erin

alien nation budapestIn the internet and on my blog, I call myself Rigó Jancsi, which is both a delicious type of cake and the name of a Gypsy violinist who had an affair with an American millionaire’s daughter. I neither play the violin, nor am I a Gypsy, but I like the cake. I am German and have spent most of my life in Germany. Three years ago I moved to Hungary and now live in a town right outside the city boundaries of Budapest.

1.  Why did you move abroad?
I moved to Hungary because of love. I met my Hungarian wife twelve years ago, and for several years we lived together in Germany. So I decided that I would do the same for her: She came to Germany for me, I would go to Hungary for her.


From India to Dubai: To Buy or Not Du-bai

16 February, 2012 09:17  Erin Erin

to buy or du-baiHi I am Manisha - an Indian by birth, wanderer by choice, foodie by passion, nomadic by inclination, and, have currently pitched tent in Dubai!

1. Why did you move abroad?
I am a long time sufferer of the Trailing Spouse Syndrome, sometimes I suspect, even a masochist, since I quite enjoy the moving around! In the last 10 years, I think we’ve moved every 2 years and I’ve enjoyed every move! I suspect its some nomadic or gypsy blood in the family that my folks forgot to tell me about!


From Austin to Valencia: Not Hemingway's Spain

13 February, 2012 10:44  Erin Erin

not hemingways spain portrait My name is Zach. Originally from Austin, Texas, I lived in Boston for a while (PhDing) before I moved to Valencia, the third largest city in Spain and home of the famous rice dish paella.

1. Why did you move abroad?
One of my colleagues, a sociologist, jokes that one could do a really telling study of EU academic immigration just by looking at what he calls “el factor n,” the novio (boyfriend/girlfriend) factor in migration. I’m guilty as charged. I moved to Valencia because my wife is from here and we wanted to be closer to her family. (More)


From England to Cyprus: A Matter of Choice

09 February, 2012 09:11  Erin Erin

A Matter of Choice My name is Emma, I’m originally from England but I moved to Cyprus in 2009.

1. Why did you move abroad?
For a change in lifestyle, and an adventure!

2. How do you make a living?
My husband works full time, and I am a ‘stay at home’ Mum 3. How often do you communicate with home and how?
I stay in touch with family and friends mainly via email, facebook and sometimes Skype.  I am online every day so always have some contact with people.


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