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 Bangalore:
Food etiquette – ask a local to explain in detail how to eat like an Indian with only your right hand. An hour spent learning how to tear bread with 4 fingers, mix gravy with rice and then scoop it up with some precision into your mouth, and drink without touching your lips to a bottle or cup will make you feel confident and look fabulous around mealtimes.
I never run out of things to be inspired and stimulated by. That’s what I enjoy most. For me, India has really brought out my creative side and I’m always coming up with new ideas for projects and feel like life can never get boring. Before moving here I had travelled to India many times so I knew what to expect and didn’t experience culture shock. Of course it does take some time to get used to and understand how things work here and some level of adaptation is necessary.
We had already been on holiday in India a few years previously so had some idea of what we were in for. The kids settled pretty easily into school and the neighborhood (we live in a gated community). It would have been a lot harder for us all if they had struggled. Yes, definitely some culture shock – the realization that you cannot completely integrate, you will always appear an ‘expat’ We are both spectators and spectacles!!
My life here is completely different. Here there is constantly noise. Dogs barking, crows cawing, tooting horns, fire crackers, the mosque across the road. Home is just so quiet. My town has a population of about 70,000 and my entire country about 4 million. Bangalore alone has 9 million people. The sheer number of people living in one space took a while to get used to. In fact I don’t think I’ll ever get used to it.