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 New York:
I wasn’t fully prepared but I don’t think I could have changed anything. You just need to adapt to cultural differences which happens gradually. You can’t change New York. It changes you.
I thought about blogging not long after I arrived but motivation didn’t breeze in until 8 months later. I love to write, take photos and give unsolicited advice. And New York provides so much material, especially for a new New Yorker.
Something no one really tells you about before you move here: This city makes it hard for you to focus! So cling to your values and dreams and plans. Make sure they don’t drift away once you set foot here. I’ve had an incredible hard time making my dreams come true in the first six months I was here. I feel I am finally a step closer to them again.
As New York is such a fast paced city people tend to assume that you know how everything works, which can be hard when you first arrive here. Coming to the USA from the UK I thought that everything would work the same way, paying bills, banking, finding an apartment, etc, but is very different. Learning and understanding all of these little differences take time and can be quite frustrating. It is also hard being away from friends and family.
Having lived in a couple of other places before moving to New York, I will say that New York is so cosmopolitan that it really feels like the closest thing to home, strange as it might sound.
I don't really prepare...I go and do it, then things happen, everything happens for a reason, so the way I see it is just "every day is a new day"...every day I learn something, everyday is exciting, especially in NYC. The only place that makes me feel that way!