Andy Williams

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Hello, my name is Andy Williams and I am an American living in Italy. I’m a retired US government employee that lives in the northern Italian city of Bergamo. I was born in California but the last place I lived in America was Cheyenne, Wyoming. I have lived in Bergamo for 10 years with my Italian wife and our young daughter.  I always wanted to travel and was able to live in several countries during my career, in fact, I’ve only lived in America for three out of the past thirty years.  When I was working in Italy, I met my (now) wife and she told me if I wanted to stay with her, I would have to stay here, so after some complications and separations I was finally able to settle down and stay with her. We’ve been together 17 years now and married for 12. By now I consider myself more an immigrant than an expat since we’ve bought a house and have established our roots here. I’ve learned to love Italy, its charms and challenges and by now couldn’t imagine living anywhere else.

Ryan Levey

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Hey y’all, my name is Ryan and I am a Business Analyst who’s lived in the Netherlands for two years now. I was born in Connecticut but grew up all over the US – Texas, Georgia, North Carolina, Alabama, and Tennessee. After my bachelor’s, I moved to Bordeaux, France to pursue my Master’s degree in Supply Chain Management. I moved to Amsterdam because I had the opportunity to work for one of the top street brands and have been here since.

Carol Hawary

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My name is Carol El Hawary, I’m Scottish and I live in Cairo, Egypt. I moved here in 2015 to be with my Egyptian husband, who owns a tour company and hotel. I was working on a project for the Egyptian Ministry of Education, but that ended in April, so now I am setting up a tour company and writing a book. I have 6 rescued cats and we live in a suburb of Cairo called Mokattam.

JJ Walsh

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Joy (JJWalsh) grew up on Oahu (Hawaii), university in California, traveled around Asia and Europe and has had a long career in Japan teaching, consulting, writing, and creating online content. Joy is a long-time resident of Hiroshima city where she co-founded the website, map and magazine, GetHiroshima. After teaching business and tourism studies at the university level for more than twenty years, Joy launched her own sustainable tourism & business consultancy called InboundAmbassador in 2019. Since April this year, during the Coronavirus pandemic, Joy has transitioned to hosting a daily live multi-stream talkshow series – about sustainability in Japan – called Seeking-Sustainability-LIVE 

Stuart Billinghurt

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Hello. My name is Stuart. I’m an accident-prone Englishman living in the Netherlands. “How accident-prone?” you might ask. Well, my whole move to the Netherlands back in 2001 was an accident. I’d not been planning to move to the Netherlands. I’d not even been planning to move out of England. I am an accidental expat in every meaning of the phrase. Basically, I applied for a job without realizing it was in another country (to be fair the job advertisement didn’t mention it either). I was surprised to learn that my job interview would be in Amsterdam but I went anyway, did the interview, got the job and three months later moved my whole life to the Netherlands. I had no idea what I was doing.

I’m happy to say that since then I have more or less worked out what I am doing (through a series of more accident-prone misadventures). I love living in the Netherlands. I’m now in my early forties. I’m married to a Dutch lady and we have two children (both of whom speak Dutch better than I ever will be able to, even the four year old).

I even still have the same job that brought me to the Netherlands. I work for Guerilla Games where I make computer games for a living.
I’m also a blogger and cartoonist. I write the blog Invading Holland where I share all my crazy stories. Plus, you can find me on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Bailey Alexander

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My name is Bailey Alexander and I sailed across the Atlantic, from Seattle to Gibraltar in 2002, with my husband and 2 papillons, Colette and Godot. We proceeded to live in Rome, Paris, Geneva, Malta, Venice, Amsterdam, Prague and Bucharest for 12 years before we settled down and bought a home in Piemonte, Italy. I love Italy and feel that Piemonte is the secret that needs to be told, nestled up against the Alps, producing wine, truffles, hazelnuts, Cheese and some of Italy’s finest products. I’m from Seattle so I love the industrious and productive nature of the Piemontese. 
I wrote a book about my adventure called “A European Odyssey; How a boxer’s daughter found grace” and am currently working on a follow up book about the Piemontese. I’m interviewing 12 local people who have touched my life and hope to have it published before the New Year. I am a Europhile but loved growing up in the United States. Life is an adventure and travel has proved a positive way to experience the beauty and diversity of the world in which we live. 

Elizabeth Briel

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Elizabeth Briel left the US in 2003 to explore the Asia-Pacific for 3 years before moving to the Mediterranean region, and became fascinated by Asia. She is in the process of immigrating to Hong Kong (year four of seven for Permanent Residency) and eventually Greece. Previous homes have included Australia, Cambodia, Thailand, Italy, France, Mainland China, and Korea.

Elizabeth works as artist-in-residence for an education foundation in Hong Kong, and has a studio in the city’s Creative Arts Centre for public projects. At the heart of her artwork are experiments with multiple layers of meaning in the interactions between material culture, text, language, and cultural collisions.You can find her work here: on Twitter: @ArtMaterialistand Instagram: @ebrielart (personal artwork) and @ebrielstudio (public activities).

Rachel Weiss

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Hi I’m Rachel, an American who has lived in China since 2015. I’m currently based in Beijing, but lived in 2 others Chinese cities before that in the last 5 years. The people, culture, and city life in China are especially fascinating to me, and I enjoy sharing my travel experiences all around China and Asia on my travel brand Rachel Meets China.

Nina Tripp

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Hi y’all! My name is Nina Tripp, I’ve been an expat here in Amsterdam for the past two years. I am originally from New Jersey, and I attended the university of South Carolina before moving to the Netherlands to pursue a masters degree in Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Amsterdam in the fall of 2018.
Since completing my masters degree I’ve been on my Dutch Orientation Year visa, using my time to figure out what I want to do next, job hunt, and walk dogs. In my spare time I am a digital and watercolor artist, a frequent reader of murder mysteries, and an avid cyclist. I currently live in the lovely area of de Baarsjes in Amsterdam West, where I spend a lot of time hanging out in cafes and lounging in the 
While I had plans to work for a tour boat company and find a job in the Netherlands that could make me a more permanent resident, the Covid-19 pandemic lead to a change of plans. I’ve decided to return to the US to pursue a career in human rights and refugee advocacy this September, so I’m currently making the most of the time I have left in my favorite city!

Kirsten Waller

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My name is Kirsten Waller and I’m a freelance writer/general communications professional, currently living and job-hunting in very picturesque East Anglia, where the main local features are a friendly accent, a distinct lack of hills and a preponderance of delicious ales and ciders.
Given I live only 50 miles or so from where I was born, I’m something more of a repatriate than a current expat. I lived in the Netherlands from late 2018 until early 2020, having moved there with my long-term ex. Beforehand, I spent 13 years north of the border in Scotland (technically the same country, although I’d much rather it wasn’t), and now live in Norwich with my boyfriend, himself a current expat from Corsica. 
As such, I’m currently in the process of re-familiarising myself with my native county – whilst feeling a strong sense of longing for both previous countries of residence. It’s at times a strange emotional position to be in, but by no means an unwelcome one.
I also helped work on the WeAreXpats project whilst I was living in NL, and can honestly say that the Expat Archive Centre is one of the kindest, most welcoming offices I’ve ever been lucky enough to enter. It will be rather fun to be on the other side of the exchange for a week…