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In our InterNations Recommended Blog section we let you take the spotlight! Expat life in general is, of course, a perfect breeding ground for great, user-generated reads, and life in Israel makes no exception. Take your time and browse the great blogs showcased in this article!

Please tell us a little bit about yourself. Who you are, where you come from, when you moved to Israel, etc.

I’m Marilyn, born in Antwerp Belgium, moved to Tel Aviv in 2007.

When and why did you decide to start blogging about your experiences?

Only recently, together with a friend. To share both personal yet universal experiences and to kill some myths and prejudice about life in Tel Aviv.

Do you have any favorite blog entries of yours?

The first.

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?

Shock is a big word, no shock. But yes a lot of adaptation. It takes time to find the right balance between preserving your principles, your education and your mentality once you have to deal with a different one. But as in everything in life, you could either focus on the differences and keep complaining or take it as a challenge and a fascination to observe.

Do you think you were fully prepared for what awaited you in Israel? If you could, would you change some decisions/preparations you made?

You’re never prepared for a move and you never know what it will hold for you. The most important to me is to not feel pressured. You try it in a new place; if you fail (professionally and personally) you can always go back to where you came from. And it takes at least a year I believe to really feel comfortable and have references to make it a more familiar place before calling it home. I really made my house a cozy home, a warm nest, and it helped me a lot.

Every expat knows that expat life comes with some hilarious anecdotes and funny experiences. Care to share one with us?

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Which three tips would you like to give future expats before they embark on their new life in Israel?

  • Remember Israelis are like the fruit “sabras” hard from the outside soft on the inside
  • Forget about the prejudice and the warning s you get from ignorant people who’ve never been
  • Make up your own mind based on your eyes and heart.

How is the expat community in Israel? Did you have a hard time finding like-minded people or fellow expats?

I love meeting other internationals. As much as I love being a local I sometimes feel related and at home with other ‘strangers’ with the same interests.

How would you summarize your expat life in Israel in a single, catchy sentence?

In Antwerp life lived me. In Tel Aviv I live life.

Alberto Mendez

"The InterNations events in Tel Aviv have given me a great network of friends and really fun get-togethers to attend."

Therese Yeboah

"The events in Tel Aviv helped me meet expats from all over the world for professional and social purposes."

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