Interview with Expat Author - Inke Hamkens

10 July, 2017 08:54  Erin Erin

Inke HamkensInke Hamkens was born in Hamburg and studied American, English and Italian literary sciences at the University of Hamburg, followed by the University of Vermont in the USA.

After school, she worked for several years in Hamburg, Mülheim, Düsseldorf, Bonn and Nuremberg as a PR consultant and freelance journalist before accompanying her family to Dallas in 2007. Today, she lives in Paris but has continued to collect memories of Texas. She wrote a book about her time there in 2016 called Termites, Tornadoes, Texas und Wir published in German.

1. Why did you move abroad?
We moved because of my husband's job offer.

2. How do you make a living?
At first I concentrated on being a mother of 3 in a foreign country. Quite a task to tackle, especially at the age my kids were at the time: 8, 6 and 2 1/2.



Interview with Expat Author - Susan Keefe

30 June, 2015 13:49  Erin Erin

Susan Keefe My name is Susan Keefe, I am originally from Essex in the U.K. however now I live just above the Loire Valley in France.

1. Why did you move abroad?  

I have always loved France and when I remarried a few years back my new husband took his first trip here on our honeymoon and fell in love with France straight away. We started looking at buying a house the following year and very quickly found one. We bought it with a five year plan, which lasted all of 6 months, and so we moved here in December 2006.


Interview with Expat Author - Lizzie Harwood

28 April, 2015 08:23  Erin Erin

LizzieI’m Lizzie Harwood, born in New Zealand and now living near Paris, France.

1. Why did you move abroad?
As kids we moved back and forth between New Zealand and my parents’ native Canada. Later Mum bought all of us one-way tickets in Europe around the age of 21 when we wanted to backpack. After university studies in New Zealand, I moved to Asia for a sudden job offer and kept moving until I settled in Paris in 2001. To date, I’ve lived in seven countries. (More)


Interview with Expat Author - Vicki Lesage

10 February, 2015 10:26  Erin Erin

confessions of a paris party girl

Bonjour! I’m Vicki and I’m currently surviving French bureaucracy and exorbitant rent in the grand city of Paris. I love it and I can’t leave it, though sometimes I wonder if I should!

1. Why did you move abroad?
I moved here for a summer, which has morphed into nearly 10 years. I was freshly single and unceremoniously dumped from my job, so I figured with my newfound freedom, I’d see what life in the City of Light was like. The plan was to return to my hometown of St. Louis soon after, but I haven’t quite made it back yet.


Interview with Expat author - Chantal Panozzo

13 January, 2015 10:53  Erin Erin

Chantal Swiss Life 30 Things I Wish I'd Known Grüezi, people. My name is Chantal and I am a confused international person. After eight plus years in Switzerland, I am currently on a two year leave of absence and am back in the US taking care of some family issues and answering the question: Can you go home again, and if so, how awkward is it?

1. Why did you move abroad?

My husband had a work opportunity, so we took it, not wanting to think “what if?” for the rest of our lives. We expected the assignment to last three years, but we stayed for over eight years as we both learned to love the Swiss lifestyle. At first, as I discuss in my book, I was not only a foreigner to the Swiss, I was a foreigner to myself.



Interview with Expat author - Susan Blumberg-Kason

16 December, 2014 11:14  Erin Erin

Good Chinese Wife A Love Affair With China Gone Wrong I’m Susan Blumberg-Kason and was born and raised in Evanston, Illinois. In my pre-teens I became fascinated by Hong Kong and dreamed of living there before the Handover in 1997. So I moved there at the age of 19 while still in college and ended up living there two different times in the 90s, finally leaving when I was 27. I now live in another Chicago suburb with my husband and three kids. My memoir, Good Chinese Wife: A Love Affair With China Gone Wrong, was published by Sourcebooks this summer.

1. Why did you move abroad?
My father always said he would love to live in Manhattan if he had a ton of money. He made it seem like one could only live in expensive big city if one had extreme wealth. I was determined to disprove this theory! My plan was to move to Hong Kong as an exchange student in college. And it turned out to be a great decision. I went back for graduate school a few years later and it turned out that housing and tuition were much cheaper than in the US. I received a studentship that paid my tuition and housing. Once I graduated, I found a job and earned enough to live comfortably. I was married by then and our two-bedroom apartment was 420 square feet. It felt palatial back then.


Interview with Expat author - Andrew Hallam

18 November, 2014 12:48  Erin Erin

The Global Expats Guide To InvestingMy wife and I have no fixed address. She’s American. I’m Canadian. I lived in Singapore from 2003-2014. That’s where we met. Now we travel around the world like a couple of nomads:

  • October and November in Mexico
  • January to March in Thailand
  • April to May in Malaysia. 

The year after that?  Maybe Argentina, Europe or Fiji.  

1. Why did you move abroad?

I had bought a piece of oceanfront property on Vancouver Island. Before long, I realized that the costs of paying off the mortgage and building a house were recipes for mini, nightly aneurisms.  So I took a teaching job at Singapore American School.  Salaries were higher than what I was being paid in Canada. And the school covered accommodation. I thought I would spend just two years in Singapore. But from the first month, I knew I was going to stay a lot longer.  I loved the city, the jungle, the travel and the people.


Interview with Expat author - Andrea Bouchaud

14 October, 2014 12:49  Erin Erin

Twenty in Paris Bonjour à tous! I’m Andrea Bouchaud - your favorite Paris study abroad expert. A New Jersey native but I moved to Dallas 2 years ago (it’s awesome!).

1. Why did you move abroad?
My paternal grandfather is natively French but by the time I was born, he was completely Americanized.  I always wanted to know what it meant to be French besides having a last name that no one could spell or pronounce. I knew the only way to find out was to go to France. The opportunity to live there came during college. I was a French major at Rutgers University but its French department didn’t offer advanced level courses every semester. To graduate on time, I needed to study abroad in France for a year. It was a win-win situation as I was able to finish my major’s credits and learn about French culture hands-on.  I ultimately chose Paris as I had a great-aunt living there who offered me an apartment to stay in rent-free. This was a financial relief as well as a great opportunity to connect with my long, lost French family.


Interview with Expat author - Kay Xander Mellish

09 September, 2014 07:23  Erin Erin

kay xander mellish How to live in Denmark

I’m Kay Xander Mellish, originally from Wisconsin, USA, and now a freelance journalist in Copenhagen, Denmark.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I visited Copenhagen on vacation and decided it was the kind of place I wanted to live.  I went back to New York City, where I was living at the time, and job-hunted online until I found a company willing to hire me.  


Interview with Expat author - Angela Waller

12 August, 2014 09:28  Erin Erin

Angela Waller Angela Waller, I'm back living in England now after 30 years living around the world.  I knew I had changed and so had England, so would living back here "work"?  Yes, yes, YES... it's wonderful. I live on the West Sussex coast.

1. Why did you move abroad?  

I had been an air hostess for over 6 years, stopped flying and worked in London for about a year… then saw job advertised in Tripoli, Libya, which I applied for an was offered.  Soon after arriving in Tripoli I met my American husband and his job took us to several parts of the world for 30 years


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