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Karen Espig

Artist / Expat

Karen Espig is a Canadian artist and recent expat. She relocated to Albania in February of 2022, having retired from her nine-to-five so that she could pursue art and travel full-time. She candidly shares her experiences, photography and art as she navigates this new journey.

October 04, 2022

Leaving Canada To Retire in Albania as a Solo Female Expat

After a divorce and moment of clarity, Canadian expat Karen Espig decided to make drastic changes in her life. She retired early and moved from Canada to Albania to lower her cost of living and pursue her love for art full-time. It wasn’t all smooth sailing, however, as she struggled with culture shock and adapting to expat life in Albania.

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