I moved from California to Ecuador when I retired last year from a career as a software developer. My wife gave me a Canon 5D for my birthday in 2008 and said I needed a hobby, which soon became more interesting to me than developing yet more software.
After visiting 54 countries as a tourist over the past 40+ years, we decided to move to South America and explore another culture more completely. Loving it so far, though it is hard to get specialized photo gear down here.
('Profession' is required, but I am none of those professionally?? I put 'photographer' because that is my hobby...)