English guesthouse manager in rural Japan

Anna Thomson in the woods near her 200-year-old farmhouse in Kanbayashi
©Naoyuki Ogino

Yearning for the quiet life, Anna Thomson moved to a remote mountain region an hour from Kyoto

Nicholas Bonner in his office in Beijing, filled with propaganda art from North Korea
©Nora Tejada

Briton who promotes ties with North Korea

Former college lecturer seeks to foster engagement with Pyongyang via travel tours and films

Melvyn Tan in his garden in Notting Hill
©Hal Shinnie

An instrumental move: Singapore to London

Melvyn Tan recalls the chance encounter that led him to the UK more than 45 years ago

Barrie Goodridge on the beach near his home on Lantau Island
©Berton Chang

English publishing veteran in Hong Kong

Barrie Goodridge reflects on how the territory has changed since he arrived in 1982

Blaï Mateu Trias with Gus, the black and white African pied crow
©Olivier Ramonteu

Travelling circus clown in Toulouse

Blaï Mateu Trias talks about working in conflict zones and refugee camps to offer comic relief

Garik Israelian at Teide Observatory on Tenerife
©Miguel Barreto

Astrophysicist high on life in Spain

Armenian Garik Israelian on why he feels so close to nature in the Canary islands

Former Juventus midfielder Pavel Nedvěd at Royal Park in Fiano, near Turin, with the Alps in the distance
©Federico Ciamei

Czech Republic to Juventus FC and Turin

Pavel Nedvěd on his love for the Italians and their way of life

Kathrin Messner
©Thomas Wirthensohn

Kathrin Messner: Austria to Sri Lanka

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

Claudia Roden
©Rick Pushinsky

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
©Julien Paquin

Chicks and balances

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

German winemaker at work in Thailand

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

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

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

Aussie musician finds his feet in Iceland

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

English ballet dancer in St Petersburg

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

From Liverpool to Transylvania

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

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

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