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!
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There is a huge and vibrant community of expats here for all nationalities. I’ve got some French friends who are always attending French cinema events, music events, etc. together. Even tiny Netherlands has 30,000 expats in the Sydney area alone.
The blog has been a way for me to re-live my experiences in Canada and here in Australia, and has given me an outlet by which I can vent about expat issues or celebrate the many new opportunities I’ve had along the way. For others, I hope it has given them a useful source of information and advice, and a set of stories and real-life experience that will allow them to make informed choices and decisions on their own expat journey either now or in the future
I was fairly prepared as I did a lot of research online. My online research didn’t prepare me for how small some of the units and houses were though. Those wide angle camera lenses sure make them look a lot bigger! The main problem with a small house/unit is that our belongings wouldn’t have fit. I know of some people who hire storage in addition to renting a place for that reason.
It's so easy to meet people in Sydney, everyone is pretty chilled out and easy going. Once you get into one of work or other communities you will have party, BBQ and work drink invitations coming from everywhere, honestly.
First, read and research as much as you possibly can. Then come here on a trip, visit several cities and ascertain whether there is “chemistry” between you and this nation and which location suits you best. Lastly, make an overall appraisal of your personal career opportunities along with cost-of-living considerations (which, as we have all become aware, are fairly high in Australia).
In many ways, Sydney was similar yet different to my life back in Tokyo, Singapore and France. Like Tokyo, the city is modern and buzzling with cultural and fun activities and events all the time. There’s rarely a boring weekend or weekday night here in this city! Like in France, I get to enjoy great work life balance here, which I really appreciate. Having lived in different countries before coming here, I found Sydney extremely easy to settle in and I’ve only had positive cultural “shocks” to date. The people I met here so far have all been incredibly friendly, down-to-earth and kind. It’s hard not to feel at home already!
I remember trying to spell a name for someone at work and it had a “z” in it. I kept saying “zee” and the other person would say, “G?” “C?” “T?”. They were truly baffled. Then I suddenly remembered and blurted out, “Zed!” They thought I was insane. I’m usually good about adapting my speech and grammar, but it’s hard to un-know your ABC’s!
I wasn’t prepared for the weather. I didn’t expect it to rain as much. I also wasn’t prepared for how expensive everything would be. I think those two things still surprise me after nearly 6 years of living here. Oh and Target… I definitely was not prepared for the Aussie Target store to suck so bad.
After an initial adjustment, my life in Sydney is wonderful! We had great friends, a nice house and lovely weather in California but it was a rat race there. The high tech companies draw a lot of smart and ambitious people.
Sydney is a great city to be an expat in. It’s so culturally diverse because of the large number of expats living in Sydney. The only hard part is making that first move to actually go to an expat meet up but once you get over that it’s easy sailing. Now I have friends from all over the world: Brazil, Italy, German, UK, France, Switzerland, America and, of course, Australia.