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.


From Belgium to Singapore: Ozawapi

06 February, 2012 11:45  Erin Erin

ozawapi couple We are Florine and Simon, a twenty-something couple from Belgium. Adventurous world wanderers and curious photography amateurs, we love to explore new places and share our stories through our blog Ozawapi.

Our travel addiction really started back in 2004. Travelling Down Under had been in our mind for some time. Freshly graduated, we decided to go for it.

7 years, 4 continents and 35 countries later, we are still enjoying traveling together and are not planning on stopping any time soon. From a little shack in the middle of the jungle in Northern Thailand to the 66th floor of a 5 star hotel in Tokyo, we love experiencing the world in very different ways.


From Texas to Panama: Xpat Escape

02 February, 2012 09:48  Erin Erin

Xpat escape portrait I am MeanderingMiss of the Xpat Escape blog and Twitter.  I use this pseudonym everywhere.  We might even have run across each other in an expat forum or two, but you can call me Stephanie.

We moved to Churuquita Grande, Panama from Austin, Texas in January 2011.

Some of my favorite things are photography, travel, writing, and cooking.  Recently opening a Mexican Restaurant in La Chorrera, Panama generally occupies the rest of my free time!

1. Why did you move abroad?
The hubs and I wanted to live in a tropical climate and still have spare funds to invest in our future.  We chose Panama because it’s a quick flight back and forth but still worlds apart.


From Mississippi to Denmark: A Belle Abroad

30 January, 2012 10:25  Erin Erin

belle abroad london Hi there! I write as Belle on my blog, A Belle Abroad. It’s nice to meet you. I’m from a small college town in Mississippi. Since moving away from that small town in 2006, I’ve lived in Mongolia, Singapore, and London. I currently live with my husband and little boy in another small town. This one is called Vejle and it’s on the eastern coast of Denmark.

1. Why did you move abroad?
In 2005, I reconnected with my high school sweetheart and we fell in love all over again. There was only one problem: he was in talks to move and join a law firm in MONGOLIA! I’d never even been outside the continental US, but he really is something special. So in the spring of 2006 I quit my much hated job in retail, crammed as much stuff as I could into two suitcases, and hopped on a flight to Beijing to be with him. That’s how our adventures began.


Di Italia in Norvegia: Unventennetraifiordi

26 January, 2012 10:38  Erin Erin

Unventennetraifiordi portrait

Mi chiamo Andrea, ho 20 anni e vengo da una piccola città sull’Adriatico.

Attualmente mi trovo in Norvegia, precisamente a Larvik.  

1. Perché ti sei trasferito all'estero?
Ho cominciato a visitare la Norvegia 2 anni fa quando ho conosciuto la mia attuale ragazza. Da allora sono stato qui più volte per brevi periodi fino a 6 mesi fa, quando ho deciso che valeva la pena provare a vivere un periodo di tempo lontano da casa, in tutt’altro ambiente. Così grazie all’aiuto della mia famiglia e di quella della mia ragazza il tutto si è concretizzato.

Sono partito così, un po’ spensierato, senza pensare bene cosa avrei fatto. Volevo solo scoprire qualcosa di nuovo e fare quell’esperienza mia.


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