Eleanora: Delaware Roadtrip
Please tell us a little bit about yourself. Who you are, where you come from, when you moved to New York, etc.
I moved to NYC in 2008, actually I was always on and off between Delaware where my husband and I have a place, and NYC where I work. I am mainly based in NYC now.
When and why did you decide to start blogging about your experiences?
I started blogging probably one or two years ago, one of my blogs is about Tea, and tea places in NYC or the City in general, if I had the chance to travel to D.C or Philly for example, I'll look for nice Tea places, or discoveries, sometimes in Chinatown. My other "Road-trip blog" focuses on Delaware, a small state but with wonders. Since it's quite unknown and small, I thought it would be great to share its beauty in a more artistic way.
Do you have any favorite blog entries of yours?
Maybe this one since it was part of an "Anniversary road-trip".
And this one on my tea-blog, my most successful post so far. Great product and also a gift of my husband.
Tell us about the ways your new life in New York differs from that back home. Did you have trouble getting used to the new circumstances? Did you experience culture shock?
I am a world traveler since childhood, I left my homeland when I was 6. So to me NYC hasn't been a culture shock at all, rather the opposite, it's the only place I find myself feeling home. The only place I don't feel I am a stranger, I am from somewhere else, where I feel un-exotic. Which is a nice feeling, when all your life you've been that child coming from that odd country, speaking so many languages people had to be jealous of course :/
Do you think you were fully prepared for what awaited you in New York? If you could, would you change some decisions/preparations you made?
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!
Every expat knows that expat life comes with some hilarious anecdotes and funny experiences. Care to share one with us?
When my friends come to visit NYC and I try to meet them, they always end up talking about that Harlem Gospel Religious service, they all believe it's a "non-tourist trap" deep down but they are totally wrong. I guess I've never been there, never seen the Statue of Liberty, anyway Always trying to meet them when they're done their tourist route. (That's really not a funny anecdote by the way) Oh yeah, I have a secret trick to spot French tourists from afar. (Not talking about their accent, or the fact they smoke...) This one doesn't respond to the question either...hmmm
Which three tips would you like to give future expats before they embark on their new life in New York?
- Have a focus, go for a good reason, something constructive.
- Be open and friendly, it's important to make friends fast when you move far away from home. Don't stick with your crowd
- Learn the language! Get out of your comfort zone, even if your moving here, proves it already.
How is the expat community in New York? Did you have a hard time finding like-minded people or fellow expats?
I work for a Chinese Television station based in NYC, so I work with many different nationalities, they are my "like minded people"...and I love them, I love my job for that, the International aspect of it, and of course the overall mission of the company. I don't mingle with French people or Russian people even though I live in a Russian speaking Neighborhood. I go with the flow, let myself being surprised by the people I meet. If it happens, of course I am very happy to speak my language. I cherish my few NYC French friends though.
How would you summarize your expat life in New York in a single, catchy sentence?
"My life that never sleeps"