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 the Czech Republic:
First off, the language is very different from everything I ever knew. I have to carry a phrase book or a dictionary with me when going to key places like the grocery or the doctor. Almost 9 months after we landed, I still couldn’t speak Czech fluently. They have words without vowels. This alone is a challenge.
I think that coming from a fully multicultural county like Canada, it was almost impossible for me to have any true culture shock moments. I suppose one thing that did take some getting used to was that customer service in Czech shops, especially if you had to return something, was pretty poor when I first arrived.
I didn't expect that so few people speak English in this city but in terms of mental and physical preparedness, I packed the right clothing and shoes for this extreme seasonal climate. I'm so happy I invested in a really great pair of boots and other high-quality clothing items before I came. The shopping just isn't quite the same as in the U.S.
I had been visiting for years before I made the move and so I had already got to know the place. Whilst things here are very different, in a fundamental way I feel at home. I always have. I know I will always be British, but I have an affinity with the Czechs.