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 Dublin:
Because it is a popular tourist destination, a tech industry hub, and a world capital, Dublin has a massive expat community from all around the world. In some ways it’s almost too easy to hang out with other expats. If you are not careful you can spend all your time with other migrants and miss some of the local culture.
I still miss the sun very much, especially during the summer time. It was very difficult for me to accept so much rain so often. Coming from Spain, I was not used to dealing with cloudy days and rain on a regular basis. My children (…and my beautiful shiny red wellies!) have helped me understand that “there is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing”.
I wasn’t fully prepared because I decided to move to Ireland kind of quickly and I didn’t prepare much. I didn’t know anything about the country and that’s why it was a great experience, I only got good surprises! I didn’t have many expectations, I wanted to learn English and stay for 6 to 12 months and I’m still here 8 years later. I wouldn’t change a thing about my decisions or preparations, my best decision in life was to leave France for Ireland.
I absolutely wasn’t emotionally or mentally prepared for what awaited me in Dublin. However, I don’t think anything could have prepared me better. The one thing I wish I could change is not being so hard on myself. I wish I had given myself a break - new country, new husband, new career all in one fell swoop is a lot to get used to.
My life here is very different from back home in an important way: I am much happier here than I ever was in France. And I believe it is quite important to find your place somewhere, to find where you are happy and comfortable, even if you have to travel to many far away places before you find out what is the best for you. You might even end up coming back to your home country if you realise that all that time, this is where you felt good.
We were not long in the country when my good lady wife decided she needed a haircut. We found parking and she hopped out at what appeared to be a hair salon. The young man standing in the door greeted my wife and when she asked if she could come in for a “cut” the fellow replied: “No, sorry, we don’t sell cats here!!
Looking back, I think I was as prepared as any person could be. I’m an obsessive planner and list maker. I researched extensively and did as much as I could ahead of time. But I don’t think anyone can be “fully” prepared when moving abroad. But the unexpected is part of the adventure, right?!