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 Bahrain:
Everything here is different. The culture, the landscape, the diversity of the people. I had no trouble adjusting to Bahrain. The locals are very welcoming and the other expats are always happy to help and support newcomers. It is also much easier to make friends in a “transitory” country like here.
With half the population being non-Arab, it is difficult to learn Bahraini Arabic as it is a mix of Hindi and Persian. Plus everyone speaks better English than your Arabic will ever be. I believe Bahrain is very friendly because, like any port city, the people are accustomed to outsiders.
My employer had prepared me well, but I was expecting a much more conservative culture when I first arrived. My suitcase was full of long-sleeved tops and ankle- length skirts. Bahrain is full of fashionistas and has a sparkling social scene. If I had known this I would have allowed more space for high-heels and glamourous getup.
Of the million residents in Bahrain, half are expats. Your interaction with them will depend on your interests, attitude and leisure habits. There are plenty of places to mix, from clubs, national associations and activity groups, InterNations being one of them.