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Northern Lad in Moscow

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 am a twenty something who is currently living in Moscow with my beautiful better half. As the blog name suggests I am a 'Northern Lad' from England.
What more do I really need to say? I make a mean Chicken Kiev, slight smaller than the UK national average (height), can juggle two tennis balls, have size 9 feet, own precisely 4 white t-shirts and can have once had over 150 midge (small, annoying flies) bites on my two legs and arms - That was actually July 2012!
More information is available, all you need to do is supply the beer! (Spirits and wine also gratefully accepted)

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

I decided to start blogging to relieve some of the frustration of everyday life. Plus feeling very inspired by other bloggers, and their stories. Plus I one day aim to have a bigger site than Facebook...

Do you have any favorite blog entries of yours?

All of them? I would always advise to start at the start, so:

Growing Up

or my first day in Moscow:

Long Time Coming

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?

Vodka is cheaper! Do I really need to say anymore? Otherwise, you should read the blog and see the differences ;)

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

No. I should have drank more as a student. Although, on a serious note – Learn more Russian, it’s amazing how warm Russians become as they laugh at you try and spit out some of their language in a northern accent with ‘mate’ on the end.

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

For my stories, you would have to click my blog and have a browse. However, to give you a taster: Russians are reserved alcoholics, traffic is unbelievable and ketchup is expensive.

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

  • Practice your drinking skills.
  • Get fit, you do a lot of walking.
  • Eat healthy at home. You won’t here!

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

My job is full of fellow expats. So, no.

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

Dva pivo spasiba. Two Beers thank-you.


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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