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Sam Jenkinson, Leuven

Published Monday July 15, 2019 (18:23:50)
Sam Jenkinson
Who are you?

I am Sam Jenkinson. I am a PhD student, studying demography at the university of Leuven, Belgium. I am 31 years old and from Hull in the UK. I am currently moving in with my partner, Arne, who is a dance teacher from Belgium, and I am entering the final year of my PhD.    more ...


Rebecca Bramlett, Ghent

Published Monday March 25, 2019 (16:25:41)
Rebecca Bramlett
Who are you?

I am Rebecca Bramlett, an American living in Belgium.    more ...


Sam Dowle, Ardennes

Published Friday December 08, 2017 (13:43:17)
Sam Dowle
Who are you?

My name is Sam Dowle, I am originally from the UK, I am 35yrs old.

Where, when and why did you move abroad?

I moved to the Ardennes region of Belgium with my husband.    more ...


Ana Elisa Miranda

Published Thursday November 30, 2017 (14:19:38)
Ana Elisa Miranda
Who are you?

My name is Ana Elisa, I’m from Brazil and I’m a teacher. I taught English as a Second Language before I moved abroad for the first time.    more ...


Jessica Knopp, Antwerp

Published Sunday July 07, 2013 (01:24:30)
Jessica Knopp
Who are you?

My name is Jessica and I am a twenty six year old freelance writer and photographer living in Antwerp. I am originally from the South Island of New Zealand, which is quite literally the located further than any other country from Belgium. In New Zealand I lived next to the Fiordland National Park, location of many of the Lord of the Rings sets, and enjoyed being so close to such an extraordinary landscape. I moved here with my daughter when she was two years old, and despite a short period spent in Germany, have been calling Antwerp home ever since.

Where, when and why did you move abroad?

I moved to Antwerp in the summer of 2006, and it's sometimes hard to believe I've now been here for seven years.    more ...


Oli Duncan, Brussels

Published Saturday June 01, 2013 (01:42:11)
Oli Duncan
Who are you?

My name is Oli Duncan, I’m 34, and a freelance writer.

My work to date includes sports documentary scripts, feature articles for travel magazines, and content for luxury services websites. I’m currently finalising the script of an off-beat thriller, planned as a 6-part TV series.
I’m from Suffolk, in South East England originally, and I’ve lived in Scotland, France, Italy, and Belgium.
I’m a sporty type, with a passion for music, and a love of stand-up comedy.    more ...


Mel, Antwerp

Published Monday November 28, 2011 (06:41:32)
My name is Mel and I am an American woman, married to a Dutch man. I'm a geek, reader, blogger and photographer. You know. Just a girl.

I moved from the US to Antwerp, Belgium, in 2009. We came because my husband was (and still is) in university over here and we did not want to continue our relationship across an ocean. Besides which, I love it in Europe and was thrilled to have a good reason to come over!

What challenges did you face during the move?

Not very many. It isn't very difficult for an American to come over here, especially since we got married at the same time.    more ...


Alison Cornford-Matheson, Brussels

Published Monday November 28, 2011 (06:35:20)
Alison Cornford-Matheson
I’m a Canadian expat living in the centre of Brussels, Belgium. I’m a photographer, artist and writer and I run a blog for expats in Belgium and abroad called

My very first ‘expat’ experience was back in 2004. My husband was transferred to the Netherlands for 3 months to help start up an office there. We lived in Amsterdam and I fell in love with the city and knew I wanted to move back.

The following year Andrew’s company was acquired by an American firm. They offered to let us move to Europe more permanently, with one catch – We had to move to Belgium rather than the Netherlands.    more ...

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