Amy Brown, Lima

Expat Experiences - Peru

Who are you?

My name is Amy Brown and I an almost 30 year old American immigrant to Peru.

Where, when and why did you move abroad?

I moved to Peru in 2010 because I was looking to teach English and return to the Andes mountains for an adventure. I fell in love with the sierra after studying abroad in Ecuador in 2008. I was not sure about going to grad school and I had the traveler's itch.   more ...

  Why Time Flies In Pretoria!

Columnists - Clara Wiggins

As I was driving home from the gym today I suddenly remembered I hadn’t written an October post for Expat Focus. It has completely passed me by that it even was October at all, to be honest – despite being “pinch punched” by my daughter the other morning.

The days are passing me by because, for some reason, I am even busier here in Pretoria than I was back home in the UK. Which is hard to believe because my children leave for school before 7am and don’t come home until gone 3.30pm – giving me an extra two hours of free time a day. Ten hours a week. So where on earth are those hours going?   more ...

  Expats and Cross-Cultural Relationships: The Lighter Side

Columnists - Kalyn

"The end of September always marks a turning point in London. Summer is officially, undeniably over, and the leaves start to turn across the capital. We pull out our wool, our knitted jumpers, and our boots in preparation for the seasons ahead. I've officially retired the shorts to the back of the closet and am becoming reacquainted with last season's jeans that just barely fit (too much summer fun).

For me, however, the end of September is also a milestone. A few weeks ago, my boyfriend and I celebrated our second anniversary with a trip to Copenhagen (a place I've always wanted to go, but never had much of an excuse to).   more ...

  Why the Rabsons Missed Out On The Journées Européennes du Patrimoine 2015

Columnists - Rosemary Border Rabson

The third weekend in September marks the Journées Européennes du Patrimoine – let's call them European Cultural Heritage Days. Since their inception in 1984 they have been organised by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication. They went Europe-wide in 1991, encouraged by the Council of Europe; and now 49 countries take part in the scheme.

Here in the Morvan this is a weekend to mark in one's diary.   more ...

  How Does Living In Vietnam Differ From Holidaying There? A Brief Guide For Potential Expats

Articles - Vietnam

In the last few decades since Vietnam opened up and started a range of political and economic reforms, the country has rapidly improved its profile as a tourist destination. Unsurprisingly, many people have visited the country as tourists, fallen in love with it, and decided to come back to live there for a longer period of time. The country’s natural beauty, great weather, low cost of living, rich culture, and the government’s eagerness to invest in infrastructure make it a very attractive expat destination.   more ...

  Naomi Huzovicova, Near Bratislava

Expat Experiences - Slovakia

Who are you?

My name is Naomi, I'm from a small mountain village in British Columbia, Canada. I've lived in Slovakia for 10 years with my husband and (now) four children.

Where, when and why did you move abroad?

My husband and I met going to college in the USA. I finished my last semester of college in Austria on a study abroad program and then came to Slovakia in 2004.   more ...

  Dealing With Culture Shock In Taiwan - Some Advice For New Expats

Articles - Taiwan

Taiwan can be a confusing place for expats. In many ways, it’s a modern, advanced, very global country, in terms of both its economy and its culture. Nonetheless, there are certain things about it that are absolutely nothing like what most European and American expats are used to. The native culture and customs remain firmly entrenched in people’s lives, and as an expat, it can be difficult to acclimatize to your new environment.   more ...

  Tasha May, Jakarta

Expat Experiences - Indonesia

Who are you?

My name is Tasha and I am originally from Melbourne, Australia. I have a two year old son, Samudra Mega, and an amazing creative and talented Indonesian husband.

Where, when and why did you move abroad?

My move to Jakarta wasn’t intentional, it was supposed to be for a quick trip to visit my sister who is a teacher here back in October 2008.   more ...

  5 Things To Avoid Doing When You Move To Israel

Articles - Israel

Israel is an interesting country to visit and to live in, and is also a land of great contrasts. The landscape is much more diverse than most people realize – there’s the desert of course, and mountain ranges, fertile valleys, rivers, and then the low-lying plains and coastal areas, which is where more than half the population lives.   more ...

  How Do You Find A Job In Israel As An Expat?

Articles - Israel

Israel is a culturally diverse country and also a deeply traditional one. However, Israel’s society is quite westernized, and a number of expats from different parts of the world live and work here. The population of over 7 million consists mainly of Jewish people, while the rest are mostly Arabs. The expat population tends to be concentrated in the bigger cities, the main ones being the religiously significant capital city of Jerusalem, and Tel Aviv, which serves as the commercial and cultural hub of the country.   more ...


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