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.
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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.  
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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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Interview with Expat author - Yelena Parker

08 July, 2014 09:47  Erin Erin

Moving without Shaking My name is Yelena Parker. I grew up in Ukraine. I am American. At the moment I live in Tanzania and in July I will return to the United Kingdom, my latest country of “permanent” residence.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I moved abroad multiple times. 4 times, to be more precise. My first move was for pure economic reasons. I moved from Ukraine to the United States, straight to the heart of Silicon Valley to get an MBA. This was meant to open doors to gaining economic advantage.

Second time it was an expat contract, company transfer from the US to Geneva, Switzerland.

Third time, after our business was acquired, I got a local contract in the UK and moved to London.

Lastly, I am currently in Tanzania, volunteering and travelling for 4 months. Yes, I count it as an expat experience! 4 months of community work is truly plenty of time to absorb the local culture!
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Interview with Expat author - Rita Gardner

10 June, 2014 08:10  Erin Erin

rita The Coconut Latitudes

I’m Rita Gardner, and I grew up as an expat on a coconut farm in the Dominican Republic from the time I was just a few weeks old until I was nineteen. I now live in California right on San Francisco Bay.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I like to joke that my first trip abroad was in the womb; my parents were at a jobsite in Uruguay when my mother got pregnant. (My father was an electrical engineer and worked around the globe at the time.) When he landed an assignment in the Dominican Republic, he chucked his former life and hauled his wife and two young daughters to a remote coastal village, bought some land and became a coconut farmer. My sister and I were home-schooled via the Calvert School—still the go-to education for many expats today.

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Interview with Expat author - Apple Gidley

13 May, 2014 08:03  Erin Erin

Apple Gidley Hi, I’m Apple Gidley. Of Anglo-Australian parentage born in London, England, educated in Asia, Australia and England, currently living in Houston, Texas.

1. Why did you move abroad?
To meet my father who was living in Kano, Nigeria when I was born. Mum and I joined him when I was a month old, had my shots and got my passport.

2. How do you make a living? Are you a fulltime writer?
Yes I’m a full-time writer but fortunately have a husband who subsidizes my writing, otherwise I’d be sharing kibble with Marley, my cat, whose favourite spot is on my desk.  
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Interview with Expat author - Francesca Maggi

08 April, 2014 09:29  Erin Erin

Francesca Maggi My nom de plume is Francesca Maggi and I use it when I perform too, so it’s my nome in arte as well! [It’s an inside joke that Readers will just have to figure out for themselves].

1. Why did you move abroad?
As I state in my book, I had wanted to live in Italy as long as I could remember (despite getting sick from the water or being cramped with 3 siblings in a Fiat 500 in the scorching heat when I was 6 yrs old).  So, I started working with Italy just 3 days after graduation (moving there on an internship). After 1 year, I landed jobs in New York that brought me back repeatedly (and with expense accounts!). I finally got a job that sent me to Milan in 1992, and I’ve never looked back (well, okay…every time the utilities bills roll in, but…)
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Interview with Expat author - Baye McNeil

11 March, 2014 08:42  Erin Erin

Baye McNeilMy name is Baye McNeil, and I'm from Brooklyn, NY. I currently live in Yokohama, Japan.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I wanted to get away from New York for a while after 9/11. A while has turned into a decade. The years just creep up on you living abroad.

2. How do you make a living? Are you a fulltime writer?
Not yet. I make ends meet also working as a teacher (how cliche) at a JHS in Yokohama, and I have a dozen or so private students that keep me busy when I'm not writing.

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Interview with Expat author - Alan Wagoner

04 February, 2014 09:45  Erin Erin

One of our expat interviewees is back with an ebook he wrote about life in Spain. Find out what led him to write a book the hardest part of the process and what the Wagoners are planning next!

Alan Wagoner -Wagoners AbroadI’m Alan, and I’m half of Wagoners Abroad.  I’m the funny half (rim shot).  I’m from the U.S.A (North Carolina), and am currently living in Almuñécar Spain with my wife and two kids.

1. Why did you move abroad?
The big reason was to continue our dream of living abroad, and experiencing foreign cultures.  Secondary reasons were, getting out of the Rat Race, reconnecting with each other.
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Interview with Expat author - Casey of A Cruising Couple

07 January, 2014 11:11  Erin Erin

Cruising Couple CaseyI’m Casey Siemasko. I’m from Apex, North Carolina. Currently I’m calling Mexico home, though only for a few months.

1. Why did you move abroad?    
Before we got married, we had both traveled extensively on our own. I think that when combined, Dan and I had traveled to nearly thirty countries on six different continents. This passion for travel and seeing the world was something that we wanted to experience together, so it only made sense to start our marriage abroad! The only question was where we would go and how long we would stay. A short Google search later and Taiwan it was.
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