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Are you interested in a move abroad, and want to hear from others who have already taken the plunge? These expats share their highs, lows, hints, and tips to help you get a better idea of what life might be like in a new country. What to share your experience with our readers? Get in touch!

To Move or Not to Move? That is the Question

To Move or Not to Move? That is the Question
Thursday, April 18th, 2013

From the first moment I set foot in Europe, I’ve dreamed of what it would be like to live there. It didn’t hurt that my first visit to the continent took me to Switzerland, one of the most beautiful and livable countries in the world. As I criss-crossed the stunning countryside via the comfort of the luxurious […]

 

My Love Toulouse

My Love Toulouse
Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Background information, such as how and why you became an expat I had already lived an expat life as a child and could never quite shake off the urge to travel and experience life in another country and culture. I also loved studying languages at school, French in particular and wanted to pursue my passion […]

 

Our expat life in Northern France

Our expat life in Northern France
Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Hello, my name is Roz and in 2009 along with my Husband John we moved to Northern France, Pays de la Loire Dept 53 where we had owned a house for 9 years (now 13 years). We had for a long time known that we wanted to live in France but had no idea how […]

 

9 Months House Sitting in France

9 Months House Sitting in France
Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Trying Before We Buy: 9 Months House Sitting in France For a long time, I’ve played with the idea of living in France. Books like A Year in Provence and Merde Actually draw you into the idea of doing up a home and settling into rural life in the French countryside.  After all who can […]

 

Oh God, my wife is German!

Oh God, my wife is German!
Friday, February 15th, 2013

Where are you originally from? I’m from the United States. Portland, Oregon, specifically. This makes me a ‘Portlander,’ though I wish with all my heart we were called Portlandians. Or Portlandites. Or Portlandafarians. In which country and city are you living now? I am living in Hannover, Germany, which actually feels a bit like Portland. […]

 

Overcoming first impressions in India

Overcoming first impressions in India
Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Overcoming First Impressions in Bangalore, India From the moment I stepped off the plane and walked into the Bangalore airport, I knew my life would be different. Life in a Third World Asian country would obviously present a new array of cultural expectations and lifestyles. As a pampered American, was I up for the challenge? […]

 

A ‘pawfect’ expat experience

A ‘pawfect’ expat experience
Friday, January 18th, 2013

A ‘pawfect’ expat experience Where to begin? We are both ex Met Police officers and after being assaulted on duty and having 14 brain operations, my husband was told that he could no longer have any time off to visit me in hospital or deal with our two children 5 and 8 at the time. […]

 

It can be hard being an Expat

It can be hard being an Expat
Monday, January 14th, 2013

It can be hard being an Expat I knew there would be big chances ahead when we made the decision to become expats back in September 2010. We didn’t really give it a lot of thought, the two children were on board and the 3 adult children that had already left home were already planning […]

 

Trying on the Expat Lifestyle

Trying on the Expat Lifestyle
Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

Trying on the Expat Lifestyle Do you fantasize about moving out of your home country?  Do you think about one place after another, weighing the pros and cons of each, wondering at the feasibility of starting a new life in a new country?  We did, with greater and greater frequency as the years went by.  […]

 

An English girl with nothing Toulouse

An English girl with nothing Toulouse
Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

The dream I had always dreamt about moving abroad when I was younger, it was something I had talked about, but never got round to doing…. so when my partner was offered the opportunity to move to France for work, how could I say no….it was now or never. Destination Our destination…Toulouse, in South West […]