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 Malta:
Luckily, my husband and I had lived in Malta briefly through a study abroad program in 2008. We hashed out cultural differences then, so when we returned to Malta in 2010 it felt a bit like coming home. A much warmer, sunnier home, I might add.
My life in Malta compared to the life I lived in the Netherlands is much more relaxed. I think that's why I didn't get in trouble by getting used to the new circumstances. How to get in trouble to adjust to a laid-back country? Time stands still and the most important thing is today. There are not many outside influences, people enjoy simple things in life.
I was definitely not prepared for Malta when I arrived and I found the first year slightly difficult. I don't know if I would have changed anything though, apart from getting a car earlier. Being dependent on the bus is difficult here, as the times are not reliable and with children and the summer heat or winter rains it is a recipe for disaster.
Preparations!? We discussed moving to sunny climes for a while, located Malta on the map and then took a 5 day holiday to check the place out. Within the month, we had moved over. It’s possible to over-think a move like this, sometimes there is no harm in just making the leap.