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 Scotland:
The thing that took most getting used to was the weather — Scotland is cold pretty much all the time. I do miss the sunshine and the beaches, but Edinburgh still has plenty to offer. Another thing that took getting used to was the Scottish accent — Edinburgh isn’t too bad, but there are some regions of Scotland where I have no idea what they are saying when they speak to me.
I had studied in London when I was at University, so I had a little background preparation and I don’t find the cultures too dramatically different… but there are definite things to get used to. In the beginning it was hard because we were in temporary housing and daily life was just so unsettled, but beside that it was a fairly easy transition.
There was not a huge amount of negative culture shock for me, other than the driving issue. I’ve been so lucky to meet warm and wonderful friends who have helped me along the way with things like that, and my husband has been a paragon of patience with me. Even strangers have been nothing but friendly and helpful.
When moving the best thing is to be open-minded. Moving away from your social group is often hard but the great thing about Edinburgh is that there are lots of social groups to join and there are plenty of other people in the same boat as you. Moving into a shared flat was the best thing I could have done when moving to Edinburgh. I'm still great friends with one of the girls.
I wasn’t fully prepared for my new life in Scotland, but there’s nothing I would change to have avoided things or made things better. Sometimes, no matter how much you prepare, life still throws you curveballs that you just need to deal with, when they happen. And when you do, you become a better person, a stronger person.