Andrei: New On The Island
Please tell us a little bit about yourself. Who you are, where you come from, when you moved to Cyprus, etc.
I’m a Romanian Software Engineer, living in Limassol, Cyprus since January 2007.
When and why did you decide to start blogging about your experiences?
I’m not very good at writing, but decided to give it a try almost 3 years ago. Although I don’t write very often (due to lack of time or inspiration), this is a way of sharing my experiences, feeling and hobbies (in Cyprus and not only) – all of them from a personal angle. However, I hope that part of the information that already gathered on the blog could be useful for others as well.
Do you have any favorite blog entries of yours?
- I want a new car
- Best snorkeling… so far…
- Carnival time
- Eat my dust
Tell us about the ways your new life in Cyprus differs from that back home. Did you have trouble getting used to the new circumstances? Did you experience culture shock?
As expected, the culture and the everyday life differ a lot between Romania and Cyprus. It takes a bit to get used to the new realities, but it’s not a very rough transition. First of all everything moves much slower here (except the cars on the streets) – first time I went into a bank here I thought I’m watching “Matrix” – it seemed to be in slow motion. Wednesday is a short day –shops close at 15:00… and the list can continue. But once you get used and adjust to this you’ll be fine and maybe even appreciate it.
Do you think you were fully prepared for what awaited you in Cyprus? If you could, would you change some decisions/preparations you made?
I don’t think somebody can be 100% prepared for moving to another country. Everything you can read or hear about living there is from SOMEBODY else! We are different and our needs are different as well.
Every expat knows that expat life comes with some hilarious anecdotes and funny experiences. Care to share one with us?
Want to have a break during a movie at the cinema? Come to Cyprus! Early this year we went out in the evening to see “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”… captivating movie, plenty of action, the tension in the room was rising and out of the blue… the movie stops! What the #$#$ moment… after a few minutes of confusion for us, someone in the room realized we were probably the only English speakers so he clarifies the mystery: “it’s a break! In case you want to go to toilet or buy more snacks!”
Which two tips would you like to give future expats before they embark on their new life in Cyprus?
- Analyze all the options and be sure that this is the right decision.
- If you decide to move for a long term here, take a longer holiday at the beginning and see how you like it.
How is the expat community in Cyprus? Did you have a hard time finding like-minded people or fellow expats?
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. In almost 6 years on the island we’ve met Indians, Polish, Brits, Dutch, Portuguese, Germans, South Africans, French, Russians and the list can continue…
How would you summarize your expat life in Cyprus in a single, catchy sentence?
Expect the unexpected!