Kathrin Messner: Austria to Sri Lanka

Kathrin Messner
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Feeling stifled by Vienna’s art scene, Messner invested her energies in free education

Claudia Roden
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Claudia Roden: from Cairo to London

How the culinary writer brought tahini, falafels and hummus to the UK

Janine Marsh with one of the chickens outside her barn near Montreuil-sur-Mer in northern France
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Chicks and balances

Janine Marsh left a successful banking career in the City to blog on farming from her home in a French hamlet

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German winemaker at work in Thailand

Kathrin Puff talks about the challenges of practising her craft in a country close to the equator

Mathilde Thomas in Bryant Park, New York
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French beauty-brand founder in New York

How a chance meeting led to Mathilde Thomas creating one of the top skincare treatments in the US

Jhumpa Lahiri, pictured beside the fountain in Trastevere, the Roman neighbourhood in which she lives
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Author Jhumpa Lahiri: from the US to Italy

The author explains why she swapped her fast-paced lifestyle in New York for calm and cappuccinos in Rome

Ben Frost on the waterfront in Reykjavík
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Aussie musician finds his feet in Iceland

Ben Frost on riding out the financial crash and becoming more ‘Australian’ in Reykjavik

Xander Parish, Ballett Dancer, sitting behind main stage of the Stanislavsky Opera and Ballett Theatre in Moscow, Russia. He is relaxing after his performance with Ulyana Lopatkina for the Golden Mask Award. 01.04.2015
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English ballet dancer in St Petersburg

Xander Parish overcame cultural differences, odd superstitions and the language barrier

Arabella McIntyre-Brown relaxes at her home in Magura in the Carpathian Mountains
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From Liverpool to Transylvania

Writer Arabella McIntyre-Brown lives in a Romanian village far from Dracula’s tourist-trap castle

Marilyn Johnson at her home in Panama
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US property developer in Panama

Marilyn Johnson built her dream home on a secluded island — only to find it was too remote

UK ambassador’s wife in Tel Aviv

How a love of photography led Celia Gould to design her own scarf range in Israel

US-born opera singer in Hong Kong

Pui Yan Li followed in her family’s footsteps and now performs on the Cantonese stage

US economist aims to boost business in Mozambique

Brigit Helms’s desire for more family time and a new career challenge led her to the emerging economy

German chef who is a star of Italian cuisine

Heinz Beck has used his 20-year experience as an expat in Rome to promote fine Italian cooking around the world

A globe-trotting banker settles in the Balearic Islands

The Spanish financier and father of 11 returns to the island of his youth

Dissident Chinese author Ha Jin in Boston

Despite 30 years in the US, the writer and poet continues to feel the pull of a homeland he can never return to

Australian and Canadian who fell in love in Beijing

Couple’s romance has survived separation, cultural clashes and serious illness

The Scottish chef redefining Australian food

‘Nomad chef’ Jock Zonfrillo collects wild ingredients used by Aborigines to cook in his two restaurants in Adelaide

Londoner behind media company in Stockholm

After moving to Sweden for love, Paul Rapacioli spotted a gap in the market for an English-language news site

Ups and downs of lift firm boss in South Africa

Pankaj Sinha left Mumbai to find hospitality, quality schools and infrastructure in Johannesburg, but also some difficulties