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 Cyprus:
I don’t know if there is anyone who can say that they are fully prepared for a move overseas. Nothing could have prepared us for the misplaced luggage (all 7 bags!), living with just the clothes on our backs for five days, finding an apartment within hours, and having our DSLR camera stolen out of luggage when it did finally arrive at our new flat (aka apartment).
Do your research; research where you want to live, research possible jobs and line up interviews (I did this and it felt a lot more productive knowing that my first few weeks had some key appointments) research your immigration status and what documents you will need to apply for and research a few key places to visit, from supermarkets, to pharmacies and restaurants in the local area. Being informed before you arrive will help you settle in a lot quicker and feel less lost in those first few weeks.
Considering that I relocated in a company that at the time had more than 300 Romanians, it wasn’t very difficult for me to find similar people and make new friends. Anyway, there are plenty of expats living here and it’s not too difficult to meet new people.
It wasn’t much of a culture shock as I have Cypriot heritage and I have been exposed to the culture all my life. I guess what is most difficult to deal with is that it is a small place and sometimes it can get a little claustrophobic - definitely a big change from London. It takes some time to get use to the heat in summer, especially if you have to work during the midday hours…I don’t know if I will ever get use to that!