Monday, March 16, 2009

Being an Expat

Moving around the world has its ups and downs and we must be honest you never really quite know what you are letting yourself into. It takes at least 6 months to settle down into a kind of routine, then you need to learn the rules of the road, country and people (unless of course they are similar to yours), where are the best shops, restaurants, beaches or entertainment, places of interest, etc etc. Even after exploring, researching and talking to other expats and locals , you can still unfortunately get this horribly wrong.

6 months to a year down the road, and you are an expat local, you know where YOU like to go, what YOU like to do and how YOU like to relax. The city is now yours, but getting there takes time and it is this time that we need to give ourselves to settle. Unless you are a nomad or a gypsy, getting used to being an expat can be trying at best.

I would like to try and make this a blog where you can express yourself as an expat, how have you coped, what insight can you give to others on your experiences, how can you help people moving to your part of the world to settle? Do you have something to help people, let them know…….help is all that is needed.