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Calling All expats

Where are you?
10 years ago, February 8th 2011 No: 1 Msg: #128498  
I have several questions.

1. Where are you from?
2. Where are you currently living?
3. What motivated you to become an expat? Adventure, politics?
4. How long do you plan to do this? permanent? a year or two?
5. What do you miss most about your home country?

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10 years ago, February 8th 2011 No: 2 Msg: #128550  
B Posts: 11.5K
I spent 3 years in Japan as an ex-pat Kiwi, but am now back in New Zealand.

Work was the reason I moved, and I have since been back on a combined work/travel trip.

Although it was great receiving packages with treats from home, I think what I missed most were the Kiwi summers - nowhere near as humid as in Japan!
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10 years ago, February 8th 2011 No: 3 Msg: #128553  
1. Oxford, England

2. Moscow, Russia

3. Originally I had a Russian girlfriend. After we split up I decided to stay because I like it and because I can earn money, save up then leave and spend my savings on travel whenever I want. I have no commitment to a career.

4. Probably another 3 years

5. My friends and family. Reply to this

10 years ago, February 9th 2011 No: 4 Msg: #128620  
1. Belgium passport, grew up in Luxembourg...so an expat from day 1...

2. In Bangkok...and we love it!

3. I was made to be in the road...and I do believe that realizing your dreams, start with your day to day life...

4. Been living in Asia for nearly 15 years...Saigon (4 years), Hong Kong (3 years), Shanghai (6 years)...and Bangkok nearly two years...so I guess...permanent expat would be the word...

5. What do I miss the most...long sunny evening of the European summer...but it's ok, we have exchange this for a warm sun every day of the year... Reply to this

10 years ago, February 9th 2011 No: 5 Msg: #128626  
Good questions guys!
1. from Australia
2. currently in Germany. Going to Brighton England for a time of free thinking, artsy environment, live in my native language and drink real English Breakfast Tea.
3. A dream, an adventure, a well timed opportunity, a way to open my mind, a different way of living.
4. Until I die or until I find a place to put down roots.
5. My family and friends. But Skype usually cures the homesickness.
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10 years ago, February 9th 2011 No: 6 Msg: #128644  
1. I'm from Liverpool in England
2. Bangkok, Thailand
3. I wanted to teach English somewhere totally different. I saw it as a chance to travel and experience things I never would trawling the job pages of my local newspaper back home. A bit of time alone to write was another main reason. But the biggest 'to find myself' and I have as well as finding 'God' strangely 😊
4.I plan to teach, travel and write for another year or two. Next I want to work in South Korea and then move a bit closer to home and work in Italy and France. Then I think I would like to go back home. But who knows, anything can change with the drop of a hat in this game!
5.So many things - family and friends of course, beans on toast, watching British television with a cup of tea in hand, understanding what people say everywhere I go and the smell of the river in my home town. Reply to this

10 years ago, February 10th 2011 No: 7 Msg: #128737  
1. England.

2. Cirebon, Indonesia

3. After travelling for a few years I couldn't adjust to life back in Blighty.

4. Don't know.

5. The thing I miss the most is the seasons which mark the passing of the year. There are only 2 seasons here - dry and wet. Reply to this

10 years ago, February 10th 2011 No: 8 Msg: #128762  
N Posts: 15
1. Glasgow, Scotland.

2. North Sinai, Egypt.

3. Work - for the adventure, now for the money.

4. Planned to be 1 year, it has now been 13. No plan on stopping yet.

5. My wife and child, hopefully they will be joining me later this year. Reply to this

10 years ago, February 11th 2011 No: 9 Msg: #128782  
1. Wolverhampton and Sunderland, UK.

2. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

3. A different style of life.

4. No plans to return permantly at the moment.

5. Family and friends. Reply to this

10 years ago, February 11th 2011 No: 10 Msg: #128801  
1. Southend-on-sea, Essex, UK

2. Long Thanh, Dong Nai, Vietnam

3. I wanted to try teaching and now I have fallen in love with it.

4. I now have a residence permit, so I hope to pop my clogs here, hopefully while sitting under a coconut palm, drinking a cold glass of beer.

5. Oh, where do I start? The weather, the taxes, political correctness, British politics, warm glasses of Stella Artois and of course the world renowned British cuisine 😉 Reply to this

10 years ago, February 11th 2011 No: 11 Msg: #128802  

Nick-- I hear you man.

Enjoy the shade and another cold one. Reply to this

10 years ago, February 12th 2011 No: 12 Msg: #128875  
B Posts: 4
1. Melbourne, Australia
2. Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
3. Adventure and a strong interest in sharing my skills in a developing country
4. Originally, 1 year, however, I have cut it short and will be heading home after 7 months
5. My friends, family, and the range of food available - especially seafood!
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10 years ago, February 13th 2011 No: 13 Msg: #128921  
Cheers Dave and Merry Jo, I'll crack one open for you now!

May all your travels be happy ones 😊 Reply to this

10 years ago, February 16th 2011 No: 14 Msg: #129261  
Sounds great my friend....and we'll crack one here for you! Cheers. Reply to this

10 years ago, March 2nd 2011 No: 15 Msg: #130205  
B Posts: 10
1. Ellesmere Port, England.
2. Long Beach, California.
3. Had had enough of England, it's depressing and after a six month round the world sabbatical finally realised I had to get away.
4. Permanent somewhere other than England.
5. Friends, family and a cold, damp Sunday afternoon in the pub watching the footie ! Reply to this

10 years ago, March 10th 2011 No: 16 Msg: #130745  
I'm not surprised to hear that the thing all of you miss are friends and family and that very few miss the weather back home.

If you take a quick look at the responses above most of the travelblog expatriates have escaped from the United Kingdom. Should we draw any conclusion from this?

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10 years ago, March 10th 2011 No: 17 Msg: #130747  
Well....local at the smiles you receive in warm places even if people have not much... Reply to this

10 years ago, March 10th 2011 No: 18 Msg: #130763  
Ha Ha! Dave and Merry Jo....I've come to England from Australia. What's that say about me? I'm here for the proximity to Europe (more travel experiences), the history and the humour (love the British humour) but I still want to be near the water even though I can't see myself swimming in it. I can see how the weather can be oppressive for long periods of time. But I'm in Brighton and so far, I'm finding sunshine in other ways.

I wonder if we all really don't appreciate our home countries until we have lived somewhere else. Eventually, our own upbringing and culture becomes more important. I know one day I will go home and travel Australia like I should and marvel at it's beauty.... but not yet, not yet! 😊 Reply to this

10 years ago, March 10th 2011 No: 19 Msg: #130774  

No need to rush back to Australia. It will be waiting for you with open arms. I think moving from OZ to England says your desire for travel is greater than your hatred of the crappy weather. Yes, leaving your country behind can make you appreciate it a bit more.

And.....yes, the smiles in warm places. Reply to this

10 years ago, March 15th 2011 No: 20 Msg: #131252  
1. From Ferrol, Spain

2. Living in Godalming, Surrey, England

3. I wanted to learn English, try another culture and different things(and run away from my ex-boyfriend!)

4. I came to England for 6 months... and that was 8 years ago!, I'm sure I'll go back to Spain one day, just not sure when!

5. I miss my family, the sun, the food, living by the beach... Reply to this

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