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 Bali:
The main things I find are that the traffic and the heat affect your schedule – the traffic is so bad that some days you just don’t want to go certain places because you know you will get stuck. Also, combined with the traffic problems is the heat – if you go out from 11am-4pm it can be intensely hot and really uncomfortable (especially if you’re stuck in traffic!). You have to think about these things when you plan your day and it can be quite annoying to be honest!
Know and accept that corruption is rife here. Don’t be surprised when the police pull you over for no reason and don’t expect to get your visa back any time soon unless you speed up the process with money. Bribes make the world go round here.
I haven’t lived in Colorado since 2008, but moving to Mumbai after living in Thailand for 3 years was just as much of an adjustment. Thailand is relatively clean, organized, easy to navigate, and tourist- and female-friendly I think I went through an intense period of culture shock when I moved here last year, but I handled it by visiting my friends in Thailand often. This year I decided to explore India more, which was taxing but also very rewarding.