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27 Aug at 10 AMFeatured Expat Interview

British Expat Living in Italy - Interview with Sue

Sue moved to Le Marche in Italy from London in the UK in May 2013 after falling in love with the country during a holiday. Sue has a passion for the new and exciting and has thrown herself into her new lifestyle head first. In her blog, www.movetoitaly.wordpress.com she gives an enthusiastic and entertaining account of the highs and lows of...
26 Aug at 11 AMLocal Expert Series

More About the Medical Examination in Dubai - New Expat Perspective

The medical examination is a fundamental part of the immigration process in Dubai and is required to obtain a full residence visa in the United Arab Emirates. While many people may be put off, nervous or even scared about a medical examination in a new country, it is a quick and easy process. The immigration process in the United Arab...
20 Aug at 2 PMLocal Expert Series

The Immigration Process When Becoming an Expat in Dubai

My immigration process to fully-fledged legal resident was rather pain free in hindsight, although I can't promise yours will be too. I have heard mixed accounts from fellow expats here in Dubai, but my best advice is to be prepared; have copies of everything, a million passport photographs and be patient. So I arrived in Dubai...
18 Aug at 11 AMFeatured Expat Interview

Canadian Expat Living in Australia - Interview with Rita

Rita is a writer, blogger and crafter. She's a French Canadian woman, born and raised in Montréal, with a Lebanese background. She speaks French and Arabic and is now learning Italian. She practiced in Canada as a criminal lawyer for four years until a trip to Italy in 2006 changed her life. She moved to Melbourne and she completed a...
13 Aug at 9 AMFeatured Expat Interview

American Expat Living in Botswana - Interview with Tamara

Tamara is currently a Peace Corps Local Government Capacity Building volunteer serving in Botswana. She enjoys traveling, cooking watching HBO's GIRLS and the Walking Dead. She also enjoys learning how to build Wordpress blogs. She left the hectic life as a research assistant in 2010 to work in South Korea, then Spain, and now Botswana....
12 Aug at 9 AMFeatured Expat Interview

South African Expat Living in Namibia - Interview with Tracey

Tracey, her husband Ryan, and cat, packed up and left the demanding city of Johannesburg, South Africa to move to the desert (Namibia) in 2013. They had been looking to move abroad and experience life in other countries so when Ryan got an opportunity to work in Windhoek they jumped at the offer. Tracey's expat blog is called Journal of a...
11 Aug at 9 AMFeatured Expat Interview

American Expat Living in New Zealand - Interview with Ellen & Scott

Ellen and Scott have lived overseas since 2001 - first in Scotland and then in New Zealand. They both have anthropology degrees and love to explore other cultures. When Ellen was transferred to Glasgow, it was an incredible opportunity to experience life in Scotland, as well as a great base from which to explore other countries. They...
8 Aug at 1 PMLocal Expert Series

Moving to Dubai - #5 What to Expect When Landing in Dubai

I arrived at Dubai International Airport at about 11pm. After a whole day of traveling I was pretty exhausted and was praying for a speedy exit out of the airport. I have to say first impressions were not so great; the shiny, glamorous look of Dubai does not extend to Dubai international airport although I have been told if you fly with...
6 Aug at 9 AMFeatured Expat Interview

Indian Expat Living in United Arab Emirates - Interview with Mita

Mita is a communications specialist who lives and breathes technology and social media. She enjoys good food, the odd tipple, good company, and a good book. She is a self-confessed TV addict. She moved to Dubai in 1989 and hasn't looked back. She runs a small boutique communications agency that, surprise, surprise, handles technology...
4 Aug at 9 AMFeatured Expat Interview

American Expat Living in France - Interview with Marina

Marina is a twenty-something American who now lives in Paris. She works for the education department of a museum, and she loves encouraging people to use their imaginations when looking at art. Having lived in Paris for almost four years, she has spent a lot of time scouring the city to find moments of little pleasures: quiet streets,...
29 Jul at 9 AMFeatured Expat Interview

Canadian Expat Living in Dominica - Interview with Gwenith

Gwen relocated to Dominica, West Indies in the late 1990's. This rainforest paradise is a tiny, lush country located between the French Overseas Departments of Guadeloupe and Martinique in the Eastern Caribbean. She moved to this self-proclaimed Nature Island, as she was suffering from severe environmental health challenges and wished to...
28 Jul at 9 AMLocal Expert Series

Moving to Dubai - #4 Organising Logistics to Becoming an Expat in Dubai

Moving to any country can be a logistical nightmare and what with a dog to move, and me in Cyprus, the logistics of moving to Dubai were pretty muddled. And then, one day, it all just fell into place. The dog left Cyprus a few days before me, heading straight for our new home in Dubai. That just left me. Instead of flying directly to...
24 Jul at 2 PMFeatured Expat Interview

Italian Expat Living in Australia - Interview with Mrs Bingles

Mrs. Bingles is a wife, a mother of three children under 7 and an expat since 2004. She has lived in the UK for 6 years where she taught MFL in a secondary school; she then moved to the Netherlands where she became a stay at home mom (SAHM) looking after her beautiful two daughters. After two years she moved with her family and their...
21 Jul at 12 PMLocal Expert Series

Moving to Dubai - #3 Pet Shipping, Bringing Your Dog to Dubai

When we considered moving to Dubai, the dog was always a part of the equation and at no time did we contemplate leaving her behind. Ok maybe we did for one or two seconds when we realized the extent of the task we had ahead of ourselves, not to mention the cost. But she has firmly become part of the family and where we go, she will go....
21 Jul at 10 AMFeatured Expat Interview

American Expat Living in Ireland - Interview with Bill and Shari Burke

Shari is an anthropologist and essayist who is interested in the intersection of culture and everyday life in her observations and writing. She also creates things with yarn. Bill is an anthropologist and a photographer with a keen eye who notices things most other people overlook. He also enjoys walking and hiking. Bill and Shari Burke's...
17 Jul at 10 AMFeatured Expat Interview

Danish Expat Living in China - Interview with Line

Line Fricke has recently finished her Master's degree at Copenhagen Business School. During her studies she has lived, worked and studied in Copenhagen, London, New York and by following her path she is now located in Shanghai where she studys mandarin and explore the Chinese culture and country. Apart from that she practice healthy habits...
15 Jul at 10 AMFeatured Expat Interview

American Expat Living in Germany - Interview with Anthony

Born and raised in Rochester, New York, Anthony is in his late 20s and currently resides in Nuremberg, Germany. He has a finance degree from Penn State University (Class of 2009) which set the foundation for his current career path. In August of 2013, after spending the majority of his post-college years in Philadelphia working for Siemens...
14 Jul at 12 PMLocal Expert Series

Moving to Dubai - #2 Passports and Paperwork Needed to Move to Dubai

Paperwork and passports are both vital for a move to Dubai. Firstly you need to have at least 6 months validity on your passport and since your visa will be issued based on your passport, ensure the applications are done in the same name as on your passport. If you’re married and have changed your name, ensure the name on your marriage...
12 Jul at 9 AMFeatured Expat Interview

British Expat Living in France - Interview with ema

Ema and her husband Peter moved to rural Limousin in South West France at the end of 2013. Leaving Brighton and busy city life behind. They are following their dream to live and run their business De Tout Coeur Limousin. Offering affordable wellbeing & creative activity holidays & workshops from their farmhouse in the heart of the...
11 Jul at 9 AMFeatured Expat Interview

American Expat Living in Panama - Interview with Cindy

Cindy and David are world travelers and former high school teachers. They decided to retire in Panama after visiting there 4 years ago. They thought they had a few more years in the classroom before retiring but Panama kept pulling them so they retired early. After selling almost everything they owned, they moved to Boquete with their...
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