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Derek Knight, St Louis (Missouri)

Posted by: Carole on Monday July 20, 2015 (16:21:01)   (742 Reads)
Derek Knight
Who are you?

My name's Derek Knight, I was raised on the south coast of England in Dover (famous for its White Cliffs). I worked in the finance industry for many years, and became a Change Implementation Project Manager working in the City of London and Edinburgh, Scotland, before taking early retirement and moving to the East Coast of England, where I started to write. I've now published 6 books, I'm a columnist for a number of publications (including Expat Focus!) and I'm working on a novel.   more ...

Expat Experiences > United States (USA)

United States (USA)

Alison and Jean-Philippe, Ellensburg (Washington State)

Posted by: Carole on Saturday May 16, 2015 (12:30:16)   (1324 Reads)
Alison & Jean-Philippe
Who are you?

Alison & Jean-Philippe (Australian & French, butpermanent resident of Australia and has lived abroad for 10 years)

Where, when and why did you move abroad?

We moved to Washington State in October 2014. We moved because my husband was offered a job in Ellensburg, Washington State, USA at a scientific researcher at the university.

What challenges did you face during the move?   more ...

Expat Experiences > United States (USA)

United States (USA)

Claire Bolden McGill, Maryland

Posted by: Carole on Wednesday April 29, 2015 (10:56:10)   (2003 Reads)
Claire Bolden McGill
Who are you?

This is an excellent question, because I am truly a different person from the person who came to America three years ago from the UK. I had all this bottled up ambition, aspiration, energy and optimism to do something different with my life in the USA from that which I had back in England. I had had enough of 'normal' and wanted a life less normal and ordinary, and I was under no illusion that this would come to me if I simply sat on my arse watching daytime TV. The only person who can make things happen is you, and I did just that from the moment I landed at Washington airport. I did not want to be that desperate housewife, yearning for a life less ordinary - I was going to be the person who made sure that a life less ordinary happened.   more ...

Expat Experiences > United States (USA)

United States (USA)

Graham Dixon, Boston

Posted by: Carole on Monday October 07, 2013 (19:02:27)   (6492 Reads)
Graham Dixon
Who are you?

I’m a musician and writer from Britain with a background in 18th Century music, trumpet performance and creative writing. My folks instilled a love of traveling and before even starting university I had been all over Europe, visited Florida and crossed the date line to explore the Pacific. After finishing my Oxford degree and spending a year in London for my Master’s, I decided to volunteer with VSO and work in China. A two-year contract became five years in Asia, traveling and writing throughout, toward the end of which I met Jenny, my wife-to-be.

Where, when and why did you move abroad?

Jenny and I set up home in England in 2006, had a fantastic wedding and petitioned the USCIS for a Green Card.   more ...

Expat Experiences > United States (USA)

United States (USA)

Jack Bybee, Tucson

Posted by: Carole on Sunday June 23, 2013 (20:19:28)   (1927 Reads)
Jack Bybee
Who am I ?

Metaphysically, that might take lifetimes to answer; however, I am a survivor. A survivor of what, one might ask?

My answer: A survivor of the negativity of apartheid; of double-pneumonia which allowed for a near-death experience; of New Jersey/New York materialist attitudes; of a sixty foot fall/slide at 19,900 feet in the Himalayas – heading toward a black void…! I’m a survivor. Other than that, I am a technical bookseller, been in publishing all my life, published computer book review columns in Computer Shopper and Computer Monthly. This led directly to technical communication/writing.

I am a father of a 29 year old, U.S. State Department career diplomat taking up a posting in Germany shortly.   more ...

Expat Experiences > United States (USA)

United States (USA)

Saadia Ashraf Mir, Dallas

Posted by: Carole on Saturday May 25, 2013 (20:10:13)   (2270 Reads)
Saadia Ashraf Mir
Who are you?

I, Saadia Ashraf, am a 28 years old, Pakistani born American resident female. I hold Bachelors of Business Administration (Hons.) in Marketing. By profession, I make marketing strategies as a freelancer and also, write articles for newspapers. I acquired all my education in Pakistan.

Where, when and why did you move abroad?

I moved to United States of America in the month of March, 2013 as a legal resident which I acquired by marrying a USA citizen man, year ago. I am currently residing in Dallas, Texas.   more ...

Expat Experiences > United States (USA)

United States (USA)

Rebecca Shine, Manhattan

Posted by: Jamie on Thursday December 01, 2011 (15:12:10)   (3381 Reads)
Rebecca Shine
I'm Rebecca Shine - I live in Manhattan with my husband and 2 year old daughter. We are expecting our second child in October.

We took the plunge and moved to Manhattan, from London, when my husband was offered a transfer with his work. He had been employed by the London office for a few years and then received a call about the opportunity to transfer to NY.

We jumped at the chance since we had spent numerous long weekends in the city and had always said it would be an amazing place to live. Luckily it has turned out that way! We have been here 3 years now and have literally settled where we first landed; in Soho. We recently bought an apartment in the building where we were renting and our daughter was born here in the city, so it's feeling pretty much like home at the moment.   more ...

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