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 Stockholm:
The idea of blogging crossed my mind after realizing that all these years I had lived in a closed box. I started blogging after living in Sweden for a year. I wanted to share with the world not only my experiences, but my change of thought as I live in a completely different place. Blogging has not only given me self-motivation but also eagerness to let others be aware globally of different cultures and being open-minded. I wanted to emphasize the imperfection of South Asia, North America, and Scandinavian region in a very calm manner all together.
I’d say that some of our funniest experiences have come from misreading Swedish words. My husband accidentally bought and poured some type of cured fish milk into his coffee one day, thinking it was cream. That was unfortunate, but hilarious (at least for me). On my end, while I was embarrassed at the time, I can now laugh at how, while in a post office, I accidentally tossed out my handful of trash into a mailbox, not a paper-recycling bin, as I thought it was.
I found that I enjoyed writing most when I was telling stories about people and places. It was important to me to share my experience of living in Sweden in more ways than just Facebook photos to my American friends and family. It was also important to me that people in Sweden that got to know me would have a chance to read about my deeper perceptions of and love for their country.