From New York to Cuba: Here is Havana

16 June, 2011 10:26  Erin Erin

conner cuba harborHola! Im Conner Gorry, a native New Yorker and resident of Havana since 2002.

1. Why did you move abroad?
For love and other complex reasons - including September 11th. My family was directly affected by the 9-11 attacks, so in addition to falling in love with my husband, it felt like a good time to hightail it the hell out of there.

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From Australia to Mexico: The Philiad

13 June, 2011 09:50  Erin Erin

philiad My name is Philip Johnson, I’m an Australian currently living in Mexico. I say I’m Australian but people are constantly calling this into doubt. Apparently my accent isn’t strong enough. I’m working on rehabilitating it, but still it’s disturbing how often people mistake me for a non-native English speaker (people often guess that I’m Danish for some reason).

1. Why did you move abroad?
I never hatched any grand plans to ‘move abroad’. When I first started travelling, I ended up working and living abroad quite by chance. I was lucky to fall into the world of the English teacher, which is an easy access point to living abroad. Since that first accidental experience (living in Spain and earning under-the-table euros by teaching government employees), I’ve been living ‘abroad’ almost continuously. Once I fell into it I had no desire to climb back out.

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From South Africa to Korea: Claudia and Oliver’s Korean Adventures

09 June, 2011 09:32  Erin Erin

oliver claudia korea I am Claudia and Oliver is my boyfriend. We have been dating since November 2004.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I had been nagging and nagging at Oliver, telling him that I needed to get out see the world. At the time Oliver was working as a photographer at a car magazine (a fantastic job which made him reluctant to leave) and I had just finished my honours at University (which made ever fibre of my body want to leave). I applied for an international scholarship and the day I didn’t get it I was devastated. I marched up to Oliver, who was busily working on photos and merely told him that I was going to teach English in Korea or work as a UN Volunteer and I hoped he would come with me. Without waiting for a response I turned my heels in the other direction and went to sulk. After about fifteen minutes, Oliver slinked into the room and with a smile on his face said “let’s do it” and that is how one of our most amazing journeys ever began!

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From Germany to Texas: Country Skipper

06 June, 2011 09:44  Erin Erin

country skipper sabrina Hey! My name is Sabrina and I am from Germany. For a while I moved around a lot between Egypt, Germany, France, and the US. For the past seven years I’ve lived in Texas. I have family all over the world, so my blog, www.countryskipper.com, is a mix between a travel and an expat blog.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Wanderlust maybe? I really just like experiencing different cultures and getting to see new places. I like warm weather. And I like meeting other expats. When I moved to Egypt after high school it was because I wanted to do something fun before starting college. And fun it was! I got to work in a scuba diving center, be at the Red Sea, enjoy the sun every day, and go out a lot. In college I studied International Business and that included a semester in France and another one in Texas. After that I finished my degree in Germany and moved back to Texas where I still live with the Italian guy I met on my exchange semester here. So, make that wanderlust paired with love?

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De Paris à Sydney: Aussie Post

02 June, 2011 09:06  Erin Erin

aussie post parrotNous sommes Charlotte et Denis, une drômoise et un limougeaud d’origine, qui se sont rencontrés à Paris. Nous y avons vécu 5 ans, puis avons décidé de déménager à Sydney, il y a 2 ans et demie.

1. Pourquoi êtes-vous partis à l'étranger ?
Nous voulions faire l’expérience d’une autre culture et découvrir d’autres façons de penser. Nous aurions pu partir n’importe où finalement, mais le ciel bleu australien, ses animaux et la langue anglophone nous ont particulièrement attirés.
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From California to New South Wales: Surviving OZ

30 May, 2011 10:02  Erin Erin

surviving OZ self-portrait My name is Lisa, and I’m a Southern Californian transplanted to regional New South Wales in Australia.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I first came to Australia for a 3 month working holiday…that was over 9 years ago, and since then, love, marriage, twins and citizenship have all happened!

2. How do you make a living?
I’ve had a number of jobs since I moved here – at first I was doing the usual working traveller waitressing job, but eventually got a more permanent position in graphic design (my degree is in Fine Art) and a few years ago I made a career change to become a librarian. I have to say, working in Australia is awesome – I don’t think I’ve ever been employed somewhere without fun co-workers (the whole stereotype about fun loving Aussies? Totally true!). (More)

   


From Vancouver to Cancun: Ashlie's Cancun Blog and Other Stuff

26 May, 2011 10:21  Erin Erin

ashlie cancun I am a proud Vancouverite from Canada that has been living “la vida loca” in Cancun, Mexico since 1995. I speak Spanish fluently and I am married to a Mexicano. I love experiencing new things from travelling afar to just a few kilometres away to checking out the latest restaurants/clubs etc. - I am there! 

Adventure-seeker should have been my middle name. I am a foodie, amateur photographer and wannabe writer. I am the administrator of 3 websites www.ranchseeker.com and www.yogiseeker.com and www.spaseeker.com (we are almost ready to launch!) and an aspiring Social Media Marketing guru

I am fortunate to have great friends and a great family both in Cancun and Vancouver.

Last but not least I have 2 very different cats that keep me laughing and on my toes.

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From the UK to Kenya: Africa Expat Wives Club

23 May, 2011 09:00  Erin Erin

africa expat wives frances My name is: Africa Expat Wife.  I am originally from UK but am currently living in Kenya, East Africa.  I have been an East Africa resident for the past 12 years now.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I met my husband in England/London but he had spent a good chunk of his childhood on the Kenya coast and was itching to come back.  He managed to line up a job in Tanzania and we moved there two days after our wedding.  The wedding itself was a bit of a giant ‘goodbye’ party – we thought we were coming over for a two or three year posting but still haven’t gone home.  My husband says ‘we’re still on honeymoon’ but 3 children later and after purchasing a house in Nairobi – I’m not so sure.
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From London to Seoul: Smart Travels

19 May, 2011 10:30  Erin Erin

Travel Smart kimono My name is Catharine and I’m originally from the UK (I grew up in London). I spent 17 years living on Reunion Island, a French island in the Indian Ocean, and for the past three years I’ve been living in Seoul, South Korea.  The blog title comes from my surname : Smart.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I originally went to Reunion Island as a student on my year abroad, went back there temporarily “for a year or two” and ended up staying 16 more years!  I came to Seoul with my French husband in 2008 when he got a job posting here.

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From Texas to Frankfurt: No Ordinary Homestead

16 May, 2011 10:06  Erin Erin

Tiffany baby no ordinary homestead I’m Tiffany and I grew up in Texas. I went to high school in Virginia before moving to Miami where I attended the University of Miami. That’s where I met my husband, who happens to be German but had been living in the US for a while. We currently live near Frankfurt, Germany, in an old timber-frame farmhouse built in the 1830’s with our two-year-old daughter, a 110-pound Newfoundland dog and two cats we brought with us from Florida. We have learned to become more self-sufficient living in this house because it’s forced us to learn how to do renovations ourselves, given us the space to garden and encouraged us to do a lot of other things like learning to make our own wine, bake our own bread from hand-milled grains and can overage from our garden and orchard.

 1. Why did you move abroad?
Shortly after we met, my husband spent the summer in Germany doing an internship at a Swiss investment bank. After graduation, they offered him a job and we decided to go for it. I graduated a year early by making up my credits in summer school and a few weeks after classes wrapped up, I was on a plane headed for Germany.  We thought we’d just spend a few years here, but it’s now been a decade! Amazing how quickly the time passes.
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