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 blogger in Brisbane:
As we had never been to Australia before, we were keen to read other blogs where expats were sharing their adventures and experiences. It was so useful to us that we decided to do the same and we thought it was a perfect way to stay in touch with our friends and family by sharing stories and pictures. You quickly realize that some small details from every day’s life are different and can be so funny for non-locals.
I think we were relatively prepared, and again I consider that our previous experiences were priceless in that regard. However, we ended up renting a property very close to a busy and noisy pub as we did not know the area well enough!
What really stood out for me when I arrived in Sydney back in 1970 were firstly the pace of life…everything seemed to be in slow motion and secondly, and the one that was almost a deal breaker was the ‘6‘clock swill’. Would you believe the pubs closed at 6pm and didn’t even open on Sundays. That’s all changed now thank goodness.
No, neither of us were prepared for what greeted us. Even after meticulous planning we could not have envisaged the high cost of living, poor quality rental accommodation, and a challenging job market to break into. We wouldn’t have changed anything though as you have to experience the challenges of starting again to fully appreciate the expat life and everything it has to offer.
At first glance everything looks and feels similar to the US but we have picked up on cultural differences as we have lived here longer. Australia has a much slower pace of life and that can take some getting used to.