Cynthia J.

Ahoj! I’m Cynthia — I’m an English teacher and blogger from Washington state, USA (Seattle / Anacortes). I’ve been living in the Czech Republic with my (also American) husband for five years. The whole ‘expat’ thing happened quite accidentally for me. After a stint studying abroad in Berlin, Germany in 2007, I was dead-set on returning to Central Europe (the area of my heritage) to live for a short time (which, of course, has turned into 5+ years and seems never-ending!) . After scrimping and saving, we bought a one-way ticket and made the move in 2012, entering Europe as vagabonds, spending a month here and a month there before finally ending up in Prague and taking a teaching certification course. It’s amazing that we ended up here without a plan or any expectations, but managed a good degree of success when all was said and done.

At the beginning of 2013, we moved from Prague two hours south to Ceske Budejovice (Budweis), population 100,000. And yes, that is “Budweis” as in home of the original “Budweiser”! South Bohemia (the name of this region) is beer country, as well as being absolutely beautiful and full of wonderful people. I had no idea we would still be here, but this Czech life / life in Europe really suits us. The I spend my time writing, studying both Czech and German language, playing music, doing yoga, and having local and international adventures, often tromping around Central Europe with my Czech dachshund (who has a passport!), and blogging about the expat life at

My week at @WeAreXpats should give you a look at my life as a teacher in a beautiful Czech city outside the capital of Prague with a bit of Czech culture sprinkled in.

Twitter: @cynthj
Instagram: @cynthmj

Duncan Gromko

Hello, I am Duncan Gromko and I have been living for a little over a year in Freiburg, Germany. I am from Bowling Green, Ohio originally and had been living for six years in Washington DC before I moved to Freiburg last year. My main motivation for moving here was a new job with a consulting company that works on agriculture and forestry. I travel a lot for my job, mostly in Kenya and Ethiopia. Freiburg is a very nice place to live. It’s a small city of about 200,000 people in the Black Forest. As someone who likes the outdoors, it’s very nice to live just 15 minutes from the forest! I live here with my wife, Aurora, whom I met in undergrad. She is studying for a few months in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and I will be travelling to meet her during my week tweeting for WeAreXpats.

Kevin O’Shea

Hello, I’m Kevin O’Shea and I’m a brand new expat to Beijing, China.

I’m originally from Nova Scotia Canada. I’ve worked professionally as a musician, game developer and teacher.
I left the game design industry andI moved to South Korea in 2002 to become an English teacher. In 2006 I met my Japanese wife (also a teacher) in Busan, Korea.
We spent some time in Canada and then I moved to Kobe, Japan where I would live for nearly 10 years. In Kobe I worked as an International school teacher. I became a father of two kids in Kobe and started to raise them there.
During all of this time I have been a fanatical content creator. I have been a YouTube video blogger since 2006 and creator/host of the Just Japan Podcast. Creating great travel/education/entertainment content is a passion of mine.
Now I live in Beijing with my wife and two kids. Both my wife and I teach at a big international school and my kids are students there. I still podcast about Japan, but video blog about Beijing life and share everyday Beijing on social media.

Sarah Bringhurst Familia

I’ve lived on five different continents in the past fifteen years, but I’m still not sure where (or if!) I want to settle down. In the meantime, I live in Amsterdam with my husband, two children, and my papillon. I am originally an American from California, but just this month turned in my application for Italian citizenship. Really, though, home is Planet Earth. I blog about my international adventures at

Probably due to my many years of moving from place to place, I am very much invested in decoding and influencing the myriad ways that human migration plays into culture, individual and group identity, and (increasingly relevantly these days) politics across the globe. My day job is doing public relations for a beautiful little institution in The Hague, to which I am utterly devoted: the Expatriate Archive Centre (EAC), which actually sponsors the @WeArexpats RoCur. At the EAC we collect primary sources documenting expat life around the world, and make them available for academic research.

I’m also heavily involved in an Amsterdam-based digital magazine called Hiraeth. The word hiraeth is Welsh, and denotes a longing for a home that no longer exists, or that never was. The magazine explores the many faces of home and migration via the literary, visual, and performing arts, and includes a bi-weekly podcast with guests from around the world.

My hobbies include books (preferably in the bath with wine and chocolate), matcha lattes, museums, sci-fi and crime dramas, and way too much time on social media, which I try to blame on my job. I’ve watched @WeAreXpats grow from a twinkle in Kelly’s eye into the great community it is now, and I’m very flattered to be invited to try my hand at curating. Wish me luck!

Claire Tanaka

Hi everyone! My name is Claire Tanaka and I’m originally from British Columbia, Canada, and now I live in Japan. Specifically I live in Tokushima, on the island of Shikoku. Shikoku is not as densely populated as the rest of Japan, and it is getting more well-known lately for its 88 temple pilgrimage. I think a lot of people, both Japanese and non-, come to Shikoku to get closer to nature and maybe do a little soul searching.
I moved here in 2003 after I graduated from University of Victoria with a degree in Japanese Studies. I worked at the local government office in the international affairs department for four years, during which time I got married to a local guy and had a baby. Now I work freelance mainly as a translator and I am a ballet mom, which is kind of like a soccer mom except with more sewing. During my week on the rocur I will try to give a window into my everyday life here and show some of the things that makes Tokushima a nice place to live!

Nianne-Lynn Hendricks

Namaste! My name is Nianne-Lynn Hendricks (just like the gin!) and I’m an Indian with Anglo roots living in Bangkok, Thailand, since 2001.

I am a journalist by profession and work for Thailand’s leading English-language newspaper. I am known as the “mayor” of East Bangkok and sometimes referred to as “hot chocolate” by my friends. (Go figure!)

I used to co-own one of Bangkok’s Top Tables, Seven Spoons, until January this year and food is a major part of my life, as you are about to find out. I am in my element in the kitchen and among chefs. A certified Swedophile, I am a lover of all things Viking.

Larger than life and often “too bold” for an Indian woman, I am coming at you all week. So saddle up and enjoy the ride!

Twitter: @niannelynn
Instagram: @niannelynn

Mahua Cavanagh

Hello from Nairobi!

I’m a New Yorker and a User Experience Strategist and Designer. My husband and I have moved to Nairobi for his UN job. We plan to be in Nairobi for at least a few years (6 total – more if we can). After two years here so far, we’ve fallen in love with Kenya. It’s an amazing country and Nairobi is really fun city.

This week, as I curate the expat-account, you’ll get a view of my day to day life…and…our first week with our new dog, Oreo. We just (like last Friday) adopted her. She is our first dog in Kenya. I’m sure she and I will have many adventure to share with you!

If you like what I’m tweeting, you can check out my my blog: That is where you can read about our adventures (and maybe a few misadventures), life as an expat in Nairobi, and maybe even some helpful tips.

You can also find me on:
@nyc2nairobi on Twitter
curriedpotato on Instagram
nyc2nairobi on YouTube

Jarad Carleton

Hello everyone, I’m Jarad Carleton and I live in Austria.

I’m an American, but I identify more with being a native born Californian from the San Francisco Bay Area. If you’ve never been there, the San Francisco Bay Area is a megalopolis surrounding 3 distinct bays (San Francisco, San Pablo, and Suisun). The population for the megalopolis is approximately 8.7 million people.

I’m married to an Austrian that had lived in the USA for 25+ years and in 2014 we moved from Berkeley, CA (a.k.a. Berzerkeley, a.k.a. the People’s Republic of Berkeley) to her home village of Uttendorf im Pinzgau (Salzburgland), Austria for family. We moved from a megalopolis of ~8.7 million inhabitants to a nation of ~8.6 million. Our village has 2,800 inhabitants and is part of the National Park Hohe Tauern region – the largest national park in Central Europe. Our region is the Pinzgau, one of 6 administrative areas (5 “gau’s” and the city of Salzburg).

For anyone that is “geographically challenged,” we tell them there are no Kangaroos in Austria.
I’m a market intelligence consultant at a global market research consultancy with 45+ offices around the world, have been with the same company for 17+ years, and work in the area of cybersecurity market research. Despite where I live, I have far better telecommunication and transportation infrastructure than in the SF Bay Area (no kidding).

I’m a Netflix and Amazon Prime junkie who also enjoys snow skiing, occasional hikes to farmer’s Alm’s for a great meal & a liter of beer, organic gardening, and our 6 cats (2 Siamese flame point mix that came with us from the USA, 2 adopted wild cats from the village that we have since tamed, and 2 Maine Coons we adopted after someone in the village died).

I speak English, Spanish, and my German is a work in progress & for those in the know about the Pinzgau, I do not and may never speak the local dialect – Pinzgauerisch, but I know a phrase or two – “Wos Sogga?”

Matilda M.

Hello! My name is Matilda, and I’m a Finn living in Sweden since 2015.

I am a classical musician by profession, and since graduating 2012 I have been freelancing around the Nordics. Being a freelancer can be a little stressful though, so when I won an audition for a permanent position at an orchestra I was more than happy to take the leap. Sweden is not so far from my country of origin after all.. or so I thought! My journey so far has been interesting to say the least. (:

This coming week of curating the expat-account I will give you the opportunity to get a glimpse behind the scenes at an opera house, as well as what goes on in the crazy housing market of Sweden, as I take you with me apartment hunting. Nu kör vi!

Kylie Neuhaus

Hi everyone!  I’m Kylie, a British girl with an American husband, living in Iowa, USA!  I’ve just reached my 1 year expat anniversary!  We met while both on vacation in Jamaica back in early 2014.  Now I’m in the States, by day I work in an elementary school with the Pre-K kids and by night I’m an expat travel writer!  I blog about expat life, the USA Green Card process and my worldwide adventures (I get 11 weeks off in the summer to travel and visit home!)