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 Kenya:
There is a huge expat community living in Nairobi, and it’s quite easy to meet other expats through Facebook groups, social events, athletic events, etc. As a mom, I found it very easy to meet other parents, both expats and Kenyans alike, through play groups and kids’ activities.
Learn about the culture and ask questions. There are so many things that are done differently here, and sometimes those ways don’t seem to make sense. It takes humility to admit to being confused, but you’ll find that your vulnerability and curiosity will inspire Kenyans to help you. As long as you’re respectful to the people, their culture, and their country, you will discover lots of new and fascinating things.
I constantly have culture shocks when moving from the UK to Kenya; the countries could not be more different! I think one of the biggest ones has to be driving — it’s terrifying! It’s definitely a country which takes a while to get used to but once you do you won’t ever want to leave.