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 Iceland:
Moving to any new country can and should feel like an exciting adventure. Iceland in particular can feel like this friendly, quaint little country, especially as one often finds a flat or a job via acquaintances. However, this is not a holiday and a carefree attitude can go wrong very quickly.
Icelandic social life and systems can feel very unstructured to an outsider, and that can be hard to adjust to, but there is a definite internal logic to what looks like chaos. Not everyone will skate in the same direction at the public ice rink, and open swim time at the local pool will find six adults swimming laps in opposing directions, while small children catapult off a diving board into the deep end of the very same lanes. It looks messy and disorganized, and maybe it is, but everyone is making it work. If you can go with the flow in these situations, you’ll enjoy yourself a lot more, a lot sooner.
No one can ever be fully prepared when moving to a country they've never been to before. Not only had I never been here, but I didn't even know anyone from here. All my information about Iceland was coming from stuff I read on the internet, but you can't ever tell how reliable that information is until you experience it for yourself. It was kind of nice to come with a completely clean slate.
I think, based on my history, that I was prepared, and knew what to expect. On second thought, though, I don’t think I understood how island life really works back fifteen years ago. It took me a long time to be trusted and accepted long term here.