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 Poland:
We have only one car, which my husband drives to work and we take on trips. Almost all of my travel is by public transportation – usually trams, occasionally a bus or taxi. At home, we drove everywhere. Using public transport takes more planning and involves more walking, but there is something kind of freeing (emotionally and financially) about not having to deal with traffic, parking, filling the tank, and car maintenance.
Originally when we knew we moving from the Netherlands we thought we were moving back to the United States so we came for a week long holiday to here in Poland. We fell in love the people and the country, so that is the reason why we applied for a job here. But I do have to say it is one thing to visit a country on holiday but it is another story to live there. We very lucky also to have one of our neighbors in the Netherlands was from here Bydgoszcz which also gave us an inside scoop of our new home.
Yes, always be prepared for the worst as when the best will come the surprise will be bigger. If you are part of the EU than it will be easier for you but if not, please be very careful about all the paperwork!
I did not have any problem adjusting to life in Poland, but I am worried about reverse culture shock - I love Wrocław so much, I don’t want to have to leave in a few years! I feel very fortunate that Wrocław is a young, university town and almost everyone here speaks English, which made it easy to adjust, especially in the beginning.
I had travelled a lot before moving to Europe so I don’t think I necessarily experienced “culture shock”. That’s not to say I’m not constantly struggling with the differences of living over here, but I’ve become really used to this lifestyle. It’s all about being able to adapt to anything! To be honest, the culture shock now comes more to me when I go back home.