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Costa Rica

Becoming an Expat: Costa Rica

Posted by: Carole on Thursday November 14, 2013 (18:23:47)
Expat Focus talks to Shannon Enete about her latest book, “Becoming an Expat: Costa Rica”, a guide to your new life in Costa Rica. It explains what living in Costa Rica is like without sugarcoating, covering the good, the bad, and the things that you wouldn't even consider.

Shannon, please tell us a little bit about yourself

I'm a US citizen from Southern California that grew up as a surfer, soccer, and volleyball kinda' gal. I completed my undergraduate from Cal State University of Long Beach in World Religions, then continued on to Palomar College where I earned my Paramedic license. I worked as a paramedic for 10 years before a back-injury steered me elsewhere. I've always preferred the outdoors and when it came time to move nature played a huge part in my decision making process.   more ...

United States (USA)

The Stress-Free Guide to Studying In the States; A Step-by-Step Plan for International Students

Posted by: Carole on Wednesday October 02, 2013 (13:56:59)
Expat Focus talks to Toni Summers Hargis about her latest book, “The Stress-Free Guide to Studying In the States; A Step-by-Step Plan for International Students”, which covers the entire process from thinking about, applying to and finally arriving at, an American university.

Toni, please tell us a little bit about yourself?

I'm a Brit who came to the States (via marriage) 23 years ago. I have three kids and a dog, (and the same husband) and we're in Chicago, Illinois. I was raised in the north east of England, went to university in Bristol and lived and worked in London before I moved here. I have now lived in Chicago longer than I have lived anywhere in my life, which is very weird. These days I spend my time writing books (see below) and posts for Expat Focus and the BBC's "Mind the Gap" web site.   more ...


Sun, Sea & Savoir-Faire: Travel Focus on the French Riviera

Posted by: Carole on Tuesday October 01, 2013 (00:51:23)
Expat Focus talks to Kim Defforge about her latest book, "Sun, Sea & Savoir-Faire: Travel Focus on the French Riviera", a practical concise travel guide without the usual touristy fluff.

Kim, please tell us a little bit about yourself

I lived several years in the city of Nice on the French Riviera, before moving to Cagnes-sur-Mer, a smaller city situated about 7 miles west of Nice. In the U.S., I was a teacher of French and a lover of all things French, and now, enjoy the language, culture, and joie de vivre on a daily basis as an expat.   more ...


Mental Pause

Posted by: Carole on Friday May 17, 2013 (01:19:46)
Expat Focus talks to Anne O'Connell about her latest book, "Mental Pause", the story of a middle-aged housewife and mother who is having a tough time with her ‘change of life’.

Anne, please tell us a little bit about yourself

I’m an expat Canadian, a Maritimer actually from Halifax, Nova Scotia, now living a quiet island life in Phuket, Thailand. I am what someone recently labeled a ‘multi-genre’ writer, which either means I enjoy variety or maybe haven’t decided what I want to be when I grow up! I do feature writing and blogging as well as copy writing for corporate communications, marketing and PR.   more ...

Dominican Republic

What About Your Saucepans?

Posted by: Carole on Saturday May 11, 2013 (02:01:28)
Expat Focus talks to Lindsay de Feliz about her new book, "What About Your Saucepans?", the extraordinary true story of her move from the UK to the Dominican Republic.

Lindsay, please tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am British, and left the UK in 2001 to become a scuba diving instructor and travel the world. Prior to that I was a University lecturer and Marketing Director for financial companies in the City of London. I travelled to the Maldives, Singapore, Borneo, Thailand and Menorca before ending up in the Dominican Republic in November 2001. And there I got stuck. I am still living in the DR, together with my Dominican husband, 4 dogs and 7 cats. We started off in a tourist resort, on the Caribbean Ocean, where I was working as a diving instructor, then moved to a small town in the centre of the country, and now we live high up in the mountains, where we have a little finca (farm).   more ...

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Bupa Global

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