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Recommended Expat Blogs: Argentina
Everybody who has spent time in a different country knows that expat life is not quite like anything else in the world. The confusion of the first few days and weeks, the slow, but steady process of acclimation, the little peculiarities and quirks that might strike you about your new surroundings: almost any situation you encounter can make for a great story. If you are so inclined and want to blog about it, of course!
Our InterNations recommended blog section features talented expat bloggers from around the world. Their offerings to the blogosphere have been selected for their great entries and high quality, whether they may be funny, informative, interesting, deeply personal or a combination of all of the above.
Let’s hear from our featured bloggers in Argentina:
I do not think that anyone is ever fully prepared for a move, particularly one to a different country and culture. The transition from state to state within the USA can be challenging, much less one from the USA to the southernmost tip of South America. If I had it all to do again, I would not change a thing. One of the great aspects of living in a foreign culture is that it brings back the fascination of childhood wherein every day is a new and wonderful experience, learning new words, seeing new sights, trying new foods, making new friends…
I have traveled a lot and lived in Ireland, Mexico and Australia so I tend to adapt quite easily. The language was tough at first (who am I kidding, it still is!) as the dialect is so different from any other Spanish I had heard and the locals speak so FAST!
More than culture shock, I experienced more life shock. I had left a job that I enjoyed to move to a country where I had no friends and no way to communicate with people on the street. I had to find ways to occupy my time while navigating the changes of being in a new country. Everything in changed in the course of a 11 hour plane ride and I had to adjust my life to make peace with the change.
I remember when I was learning Spanish I would ask for a tea in a confiterria (café). It’s a simple word yet there was no way that they could understand me, they always said que que and I would say tea and they would say que que . In the end I use to put a tea bag in my back pack and get it out before opening my mouth and point to it saying “uno por favor” – it worked a treat.
I was absolutely not prepared and I had no idea what to expect. I’m not sure any amount of research or preparation could have prepared me for what was waiting for me here. I did it anyway and learned and grew through many challenging experiences. I wouldn’t change anything about my decision, however I try to provide realistic information and expectations to others who are contemplating a similar move.
Lower your expectations. Expectations are a deal killer. When you expect to get your car registered in one day, go to the bank and spend less than an hour in line, not be able to find certain food items or any other inconvenience that may be found in Argentina you will become VERY frustrated with your new life. Get your head around your new life. Embrace it. Don’t fight it.
Prepared? Hmm, no. But I was ready for any and every curve ball that came my way. And this, for me, is the key to adapting: To be so fully open to every experience coming your way, free of judgment and comparing, and simply living each moment, embracing it for what it is, a unique and impermanent something. I wouldn’t change a thing.
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