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 Kuala Lumpur:
Life in KL is very different and at the same time you can live like in any big city in the world — especially with young kids the days are filled with school and kids’ stuff. Generally settling in Kuala Lumpur has been easy. The challenges have been related to as much to the “trailing spouse syndrome” as to the host country.
On the highway of my life, I was mostly on the fast lane. Too young to move into the slow lane, I want to continue my nomadic lifestyle, exploring new countries and cultures. My wife and I both do not know what that new phase in our life will look like, but we like to share our experiences finding out new purpose, meaning and direction in the next few years, while being in full control of our own time.
I was young at the time and made lots of mistakes… but that’s how you become a better person … so no regrets! Still living life to its limits and making loads of mistakes and learning from every one of them.
There are also expat magazines that get delivered to you for free. They organize stuff like bars, restaurant food trips and other activities… if you are single or married with no kids, this is an easy way to mingle and meet other expats.
I believe “expect the unexpected” could be a good hint on what… to expect in KL. Regarding the changes in my preparations, maybe I would put more emphasis on the safety – behind all this modernism and loveliness, KL can be a bit dangerous (lots of bag snatching. Lots!).
Don’t be a smug foreigner. You’re embarking on a journey; you should try to get to learn about the place you’re living, the people who inhabit it, and their culture. Trust me it’ll make your experience a lot easier!
The expat community is really friendly here and ready to reach out and say hi. Amazingly our first encounter with the expat community was the Australian delegate for trade who spotted our Instagram account and invited us out to dinner off the back of it.