There are many aspects of living outside your birth country that can be unsettling, foreign or hard to adjust to but forging new relationships in a language not your own is certainly top of my list. Using a second language, it is hard to convey a real sense of yourself to those around you. Sarah… Continue reading Moving Abroad and Losing My Voice
When I first moved overseas I was struck by the fact that some expats are more equal than others. I had never really thought about expat life before - why would I whilst I lived in my birth country? What's An Expat? When I moved abroad I technically became an expat. Wikipedia describes an expatriate… Continue reading The Fraudulent Expat: Living Local But Not Native
Many, many years ago I read an article in the Dutch daily newspaper, the NRC, about how people wear 'masks' according to the situation they find themselves in and who they are with. Do we wear an expat mask I wondered..... In essence, people are only really one hundred percent themselves when they are alone. With… Continue reading Do You Wear an Expat Mask?
Setting your own boundaries is not just healthy, it's essential for your wellbeing. That applies when you move abroad. In fact, it is even more important when you move overseas. Why is Setting Personal Boundaries Important? Your own personal boundaries guide your decision making. Boundaries are a clear way of communicating your mental, physical and… Continue reading The Importance of Personal Boundaries When You Move Abroad
When you move overseas you adapt. Well, you do if you want happiness to be a part of your expat life. Sometimes, it strikes you just how far you have adapted to a new country when you least expect it. Like when you order a Chinese takeaway. Chinese Takeaway English Style At the end of… Continue reading How A Chinese Takeaway Made Me Realise the Ways in Which You Adapt to Life Abroad
Before I moved to the Netherlands in 2000 I drove a car on the roads of Britain. Quite frequently if the truth be known. Prior to my overseas move I hadn't really thought about driving whilst living in the Netherlands. More accurately I hadn't given it any thought at all. It developed into a fear… Continue reading How I Got Over My Fear of Driving in the Netherlands
Whenever I am asked if I want something brought over from England I reply instantly with Branston Pickle. That's it. Since coming to the Netherlands in 2000 my expat care package has shrunk dramatically. Here's why. The Effect of Culture Shock When I first moved to the Netherlands I imported just about everything and anything… Continue reading Expat Life: Why My Care Packages From ‘Home’ Shrank