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 Nigeria:
I definitely experienced some culture shock moving here. In the U.S., I was not accustomed to having staff work for me. It was hard for me to think about having someone cook and clean for me and be in my house all the time. But, I have THE BEST STEWARDESS/COOK/ NANNY in all of Nigeria…..or possibly the world! Her name is Happiness and she is the reason I named the blog “We Found Happiness”. She is a major reason my transition to living here was a good one. She is referenced in many of my posts and she is really true happiness! She has taught me so many things about Nigeria. She lives right up to her name!
The expats I’ve met are welcoming and friendly. They’re easy to find. I have met parents at the children’s schools. I’ve met ladies through the American Women’s Club of Lagos. There are social clubs for many different nationalities. And in an unexpected twist, I’ve met a few women who’ve contacted me through my blog.
My life back home was simple and easy compared to Lagos. Now, don't get me wrong, I am not complaining; just simply stating that life was easier. Nigeria takes a lot of patience and time to get the normal things done. For example: going to the grocery store or finding a place that sells furniture. Time is not respected here, and being an hour late is normal. Where I am from we have standards of service and time management, so adjusting my standards is hard. I am slowly learning to be patience and understanding to this new experience.