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Kris: Inertia

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 Moscow 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 Moscow, etc.

I’m Kris and I follow my husband around the world. This sounds a bit like an introduction to an AA group, but maybe that’s what blogging is for me. I grew up in Michigan, had my children there but then we had the itch to expand our horizons. This is our fourth country as a family.

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

We started this blog as a family several years ago when we moved to New Zealand. It became an amazing way to communicate our experiences with friends and family and then we noticed a type of journal evolving about all our living and travel experiences. We all contribute to the blog, but I’ve noticed as the kids get older they get busy and as mom I end up recording all our memories.

Do you have any favourite blog entries of yours?

Tell us about the ways your new life in Moscow differs from that back home. Did you have trouble getting used to the new circumstances? Did you experience culture shock?

Walking. I walk and walk and walk to get where I need to go. Big buildings. Some days it takes me 10 minutes just to walk past one building. Where have the barns with green pastures gone?

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

I’m ready - bring it on!

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

I have figured out life with adaptors and extension cords running wild around my home to get my American appliances to work, but put me in a hotel and I feel stripped of all modern conveniences. On a recent trip I pulled out my mini luggage adaptor and straight iron and read the instructions carefully. There simply was not enough power on the "low" setting to heat the iron so I flipped the switch to "high". I set to work on my hair then noticed a smell. Burning hair. I opened the flat iron and peeked inside. Sizzling away was a chunk of my hair. Frantically I looked in the mirror and staring back at me was a face with a big chunk of hair fried off. In addition every other area I had "straightened" was now kinky and burned. It will take a few years to grow this mess out, but it's a mistake I won't make twice!

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

  • Warm clothes and practical boots;
  • Don’t look bewildered, just act like you know exactly what you are doing!
  • Get an iPhone and use google maps.

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

Through my husband’s job, the kids school and church I’ve been very fortunate to find a group of women to talk with and enjoy!

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

The normal life of a mom in a not so normal environment.

Jürgen Hofmeister

"When I came to Moscow I barely knew anyone, but now I've got dozens of expat contacts from dozens of countries. "

Caroline Hayes

"At the first InterNations Moscow event that I attended I was absolutely delighted by the elegant atmosphere and the high-quality expat crowd. "

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