Colombia - Five Recommended Expat Blogs


Articles - Colombia

At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at Colombia and some of the bloggers who write about living there.

Medellin Living
http://medellinliving.com

Medillin Living devotes itself to tips and articles about living in Colombia’s second-largest city. Useful for visitors and expats alike, the range of categories will give you a good idea of all the different aspects of Medellin life and will provide all the information you could need before you arrive. The ‘Things To Do’ section highlights local places to go, night life, arts and cultural events, and the best restaurants.   more ...

  Patricia Alva, Co-Founder, 080 Relocation Services


Interviews - 2015

Patricia, can you tell us a bit about your background before joining 080 Relocation?

Before we began 080 Relocation Services, I worked in a bank as an account manager. My business partner Paola Soria is an architect and worked as a project manager in a company. 080 Relocation Services was founded by Patricia R. Alva and Paola Soria.

We are both foreigners and well aware of the difficulties that an expatriate has to face when they move to a new country. I'm from Peru; I came to study an MBA in Barcelona and then the bank relocated me to Madrid. Paola moved from Argentina to Barcelona, first she was studying a Master's degree and then was relocated to Madrid for work.   more ...

  Marta Mariño, Suzhou (Near Shanghai)


Expat Experiences - China

Who are you?

I am Marta and I was born in a town in the west of Spain in 1984. I started studying Mandarin Chinese during my first year of University in Spain and when I graduated I went to Beijing to improve my language skills. I currently work as a translator in a computer and mobile games publisher in Shanghai and I spend my weekends in the neighboring city of Suzhou, where my boyfriend and our dog live.   more ...

  Kriska Marie, Dubai


Expat Experiences - United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Who are you?

I'm Kriska Marie, an IT Engineer by trade and a cook, baker, and blogger by choice.

Where, when and why did you move abroad?

I moved to Dubai, UAE, just last August 2014. My partner brought me here and we plan in staying here for good, if God permits.   more ...

  Diana, Hamburg


Expat Experiences - Germany

Who are you?

I'm Diana, a 26 year old expat in Germany, I studied International Commerce and I have a five year old daughter.

Where, when and why did you move abroad?

We moved to Hamburg in 2012 thanks to a Scholarship Pablo received to do his Master's degree. Once that was finished last December we decided to stay a bit longer.   more ...

  Keeping In Touch As An Expat


Columnists - Meredith

One thing that can be especially challenging after moving abroad is keeping in touch with your loved ones back home. Of course you want to stay connected and maintain your relationships, but how can you keep the level of closeness you once had with your friends and family when you can’t see each other very often? When you’re living far away, you want to share all the adventures you’ve been up to abroad while at the same time keep up with the goings on at home. Now that I’m living in Germany, I try to keep in touch as much as possible with my family and friends back in Canada. Here are some of my favourite ways to stay in touch:   more ...

  It’s All About Perspective


Columnists - Clara Wiggins

A few years ago, in pre-children days, I went travelling around the world. I was a little older than your average back-packer (29 when I left, 30 when I returned) but nevertheless followed a typical backpacker route through Hong Kong, to Australia and on to New Zealand. To be honest, despite my, err hum, advanced years, I had the time of my life.

But one of the things that niggled in the back of my mind the entire time I was in Australia was that country’s abundance of dangerous animals – ranging from the tiny redback spiders that I thought I would find in my shoes every morning, to the nasty sharks we saw circling in the water off the coast of Fraser Island.   more ...

  A Month In The Life Of An English Writer In Tuscany - April Reflections


Columnists - June Finnigan

The continuing adventures of June Finnigan, her Man, and Farty Barty the cat.

The first week of April was enormously satisfying for me as my new novel The Bolivian Connection finally went live! This novel is part two of the series ‘The Continuing Adventures of Joanna Wilde,’ part one being My Father, The Assassin. A week later, a five star review was posted and the sales began to soar!

By the second week the dust had settled and I had written another chapter of The Italian Connection, which is the third book in the series. Joanna is continuing her exciting adventures where else, but here in Italy.   more ...

  Menorca C, Basel


Expat Experiences - Switzerland

Who are you?

I am an Indian expat in Europe, currently living in Switzerland. I work in research and am also a blogger/freelance writer, apart from being a coffee lover,dreamer,traveller and reader.

Where, when and why did you move abroad?

I moved to Germany in 2011 to pursue my Master studies, and then came to Switzerland for my thesis work. After that, I decided to stay back and work in Switzerland.   more ...

  Getting To Paradise is Not Always Easy - Byzantine Bureaucracy


Columnists - Ivanka Di Felice

MY ITALIAN PRINCE HAS BEEN won over! He has unexpectedly received the most unlikely news: the furniture-making shop that employs him is moving to a new location an hour and half away. Not having the inner demons of retirement charts to contend with, he agrees to take a year off and go to Italy. His parents will soon return to Canada, so their house in Italy will be empty. We embark on the colossal task of getting the necessary documents in order, so that this dream may come to fruition.

Italy is equally as famous for its labyrinthine bureaucracy as for its pizza, wine, and grandeur. Still, a North American mind can never really be prepared.   more ...

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