Dawn: The Gill Family
Please tell us a little bit about yourself. Who you are, where you come from, when you moved to Argentina, etc.
My name is Dawn Gill and I moved to Argentina from Washington, DC with my husband in October 2009.
When and why did you decide to start blogging about your experiences?
I started blogging about my experiences in Argentina when I realized that trying to explain the differences between the two countries was virtually impossible. I found that showing people using pictures allows me to tell a story, instead of trying to explain everything over the phone. Also, I wanted to make sure to have our experience in Argentina written down, so that we don’t forget how foreign things were when we first arrived.
Do you have any favorite blog entries of yours? Please add the URL as well.
I really like my “Two Years and A Little More” post: It shows how far we’ve come and how much our family has grown since we arrived.
Tell us about the ways your new life in Argentina differs from that back home. Did you have trouble getting used to the new circumstances? Did you experience culture shock?
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.
Do you think you were fully prepared for what awaited you in Argentina? If you could, would you change some decisions/preparations you made?
I was completely unprepared. I would have spent more time learning Spanish before arriving and would have reached out to more people through blogs or expat forums to establish contact.
Every expat knows that expat life comes with some hilarious anecdotes and funny experiences. Care to share one with us?
My best example is one of my blog posts. When I thought I had purchased a full bed, and they attempted to deliver a single headboard. Oops.
Which three tips would you like to give future expats before they embark on their new life in Argentina?
Be flexible (and patient). Don’t expect things to be the same as at home. Enjoy your time here, it is a really wonderful place to life.
How is the expat community in Argentina? Did you have a hard time finding like-minded people or fellow expats?
The expat community here is strong, but you need to look for it – it won’t find you.
How would you summarize your expat life in Argentina in a single, catchy sentence?
My life as an expat has been the most frightening, and the most enriching experience of my life thus far.