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 Zurich:
I’ve found the expats in Zurich extremely friendly and welcoming. I’ve met new friends through my work, online forums and friends of friends from back home. I even met a really good friend in a pre-natal yoga class.
I don't think I could have fully prepared myself in advance because it's impossible to know what life will be like in a new country beforehand. That being said, if I were to start over, I would have approached my move here as a long-term one.
I knew very little German and nothing about Switzerland before I came here, but we survived and even thrived. Knowing more German certainly would have helped, but honestly, I learned much faster when I had to use German every day in real situations.
I don’t think any amount of preparation can fully prepare anyone for this type of move. I don’t think there is anything I would have changed, other than hesitating less. Knowing now how great it is, I didn’t need to worry so much about leaving my career, family, and friends. Home will always be there, but this experience abroad is a once in a lifetime opportunity.