From South Carolina to Costa Rica: De La Pura Vida

12 May, 2011 10:09  Erin Erin

costa-rica-sunset- delapuravida erin I’m Erin from the United States - South Carolina to be specific, and no, we don’t all still live on plantations. I have been living in Costa Rica for a year now.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I moved to Costa Rica for a boy! Exactly what us girls are taught NOT to do. What can I say? I’ve always been a rebel…well, a dorky rebel.

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From the UK to Hong Kong: Land of No Cheese

09 May, 2011 10:49  Erin Erin

Hong Kong emilie lan of no cheese My name is Emilie and I grew up in the UK. However, chance has had it that I have only ever worked abroad: Spain, France, and now Hong Kong. I seem to be a bit of an accidental expat.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Love.

2. How do you make a living?
My ticket to HK nearly two years ago was a teaching position, but now I’m an editor/writer for a local publisher, which as well as being closer to my interests, allows me to pay my (disproportionate) rent. I also get to enjoy the perks of being part of a Chinese company: mooncakes in autumn and lai see (red 'money envelopes' ) in spring.

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De Paris à Seattle: Carnets de deux expats à Seattle

05 May, 2011 08:47  Erin Erin

ferry seattle luicJe m'appelle Loïc, je suis français, ex-Parisien et maintenant expatrié dans la ville d'émeraude: Seattle.

1. Pourquoi êtes-vous partis à l'étranger ?
Je me suis expatrié pour une raison toute simple: ma femme a décroché un post-doc dans un labo à Seattle. En fait, c'est un peu plus compliqué que cela puisqu'à l'époque, ce n'était pas encore ma femme, et il a donc fallu se décider très vite! La question de rester en France ne se posait pas vraiment, alors un mariage Rock&Roll plus tard, nous avons sauté dans l'avion.

Il se trouve que cela faisait aussi un moment que je souhaitais vivre à l'étranger pendant une période de temps longue, pour faire une expérience qui sorte un peu de l'ordinaire. Cela m'en a donné l'occasion!
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From Seattle to Paris: Seattleite in Paris

02 May, 2011 10:01  Erin Erin

Seattleite in Paris Eiffel TowerI use the name A Seattleite in Paris. I’m from Seattle, WA and currently live in Paris, France.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I knew the first time I visited Paris as a teenager that I wanted to live here one day. I did a 6 month university study abroad in France and a few years later I returned to attend graduate school and stayed.

2. How do you make a living (working? Tell us about your experience)?
I work in international marketing. After grad school, I had an internship with a global company and they hired me on full time and helped me get a work permit. Working in France has been a very different experience from working in the US. (More)

   


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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