Keeping It In The Family Why moving abroad can be exciting but can also lead to dilemmas over family and friends… There are quite a few unexpected aspects to starting a new life overseas – many of which we’ve examined in earlier blogs. It takes a while to adjust to a new culture, to the climate, a different diet and a new daily routine; it can be quite a while before life seems “normal”. Indeed, we’d recommend giving it at least six months to a year before you make any more serious decisions. A Friendly request But something you perhaps you won’t.
THE HITS AND MISSES OF A NEW LIFE ABROAD At the moment I have a cold … Not earth-shattering news, admittedly – but, when you haven’t had one for approximately four years, it’s remarkable enough to warrant a note in the diary. But the bug – probably brought specially from England by a visiting family member – also prompted a train of thought about what you may miss when living overseas. So, just in case you’re thinking of making that giant leap and starting a new life in the sun, here are five things you may find hard to do without to.
MOVING ABROAD? MIND YOUR LANGUAGE… Just for a moment, imagine you work behind the counter in a shop or behind the bar in a pub and someone from another country comes in. They obviously want something and they spend a bit of time looking before turning to you and addressing you in a foreign language. There’s a good chance you’re not going to understand and you may say so – only for them to become increasingly impatient, repeating their question slowly and perhaps in a slightly louder voice. Of course, the language is still strange to you and, even spoken.