Marc: Marc's Words
Please tell us a little bit about yourself. Who you are, where you come from, when you moved to Israel, etc.
I moved to Israel in 2001 from London which is when I took citizenship. A year later I was in the Israel Defense Force fighting the Al Aqsa Intifada, now that was certainly one way of integrating into the country!
When and why did you decide to start blogging about your experiences?
I have always loved writing and starting a blog felt like a very natural thing to do, I started the blog a few years ago and have really enjoyed the experience. I moved back to London in 2004 for 6 years and I felt quite frustrated about being away from the country and I think that helped me make up my mind about starting a blog to write about Israel. Since coming back in Jan 2010 the blog has really taken off.
Do you have any favorite blog entries of yours?
I have a couple of favourite blog posts; I think that one of them is called Guarding the Darkness, which I wrote while on reserve duty in the North of the country.
Tell us about the ways your new life in Israel differs from that back home. Did you have trouble getting used to the new circumstances? Did you experience culture shock?
There is definitely a culture shock in Israel. The main thing is that people are much more direct in the way that they speak and behave. If they have a question to ask they won’t hide behind any nuance or social graces so get used to being asked how much you earn and spend on rent etc.
Do you think you were fully prepared for what awaited you in Israel? If you could, would you change some decisions/preparations you made?
I don’t think that I would change anything, though I certainly was not fully prepared. I think that it’s impossible to really prepare for such a huge life change, just hang on tight and enjoy the ride!
How is the expat community in Israel? Did you have a hard time finding like-minded people or fellow expats?
There are plenty of expats here from all over Europe, Russia, the UK, and the USA so finding people with a similar background isn’t hard. There are loads of Facebook groups and community websites so that really shouldn’t be a problem.
How would you summarize your expat life in Israel in a single, catchy sentence?
Amazing fun, utterly unpredictable with every day bringing new challenges and experiences.