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 Ireland:
Interestingly, Ireland is a lot like New Zealand (albeit smaller and wetter)! I love the friendly people, their amazing culture and it always feels like there is plenty to see and do. I definitely feel very at home here and I really never went through culture shock after arriving here.
Surprisingly, life did not change much for us. Ireland and the United States have a great deal in common, and most of the adjustments we had to make were small. Learning where to get things that we needed and getting used to the local colloquialisms took some time and patience, but was largely enjoyable.
The Irish are very similar to the Austrians. Though you will start to love your new home and get new friends, you will never forget the place where you are born and you always will miss your family and people you grew up with. Everyone should be aware of that!
Try to mix with the locals – It can be daunting and hard sometimes, especially if you work with people from your own country. Try to join a local club, take up sports or a hobby that will allow you to meet Irish people. In my case I joined a musical and drama society.