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 Indonesia:
I think it goes without saying that I am still experiencing culture shock; it comes in waves and goes in waves. I don’t think it suddenly starts or stops. Life is very different to the UK, but I do feel lucky that I lived in Iraq for many years and can see a lot of similarities. On the other hand, I am one of these people who adapt to their surroundings very quickly.
I learned to quit being so sensitive, to give in to the mistakes that come with language and culture learning, and to get over feeling singled out for being a bule (foreigner). If I could go back to my first year here, I would have let go of control a bit more and enjoyed myself in all the new situations I found myself in.
I came to Indonesia with open eyes and heart, so I accepted everything that I saw/got/experienced here. Because of that I think I didn’t have cultural shock.