Saturday, 13 February 2016

What No One Tells You About Moving Abroad

  1. You'll miss home more than you could ever imagine.
  2. Not all the time. It'll hit you at the strangest of times, when you're at home on a Sunday, at the movies, or on your way home from work.
  3. It'll especially be hard around the holidays - but stay positive! bring in your own traditions to your new home, and create new home.
  4. You'll suddenly gain a huge sense of patriotism. Those Buzzfeed articles about Canada are a little ray of sunshine in your day.
  5. Every one will think you're American (if you're Canadian!)
  6. Figuring out your size in a new country is mind-boggling. Three words: UK bra sizes.
  7. Truly no one does Halloween/Christmas like North Americans. You'll almost find it insulting how little anyone else cares.
  8. The first few weeks or months will be so exciting! New restaurants, new cities, new shops... Then you'll find a routine and the excitement dies down a little. It's Home, Work, Home Cook, Clean, Repeat. Don't lose the excitement when you can and take advantage of your new surroundings. 
  9. The constant struggle whether to spend your holiday allowance on trips back home or trips to somewhere new.
  10. Invest in a good data plan! 10-minute Facetime chats can make such a difference.
  11. On another note, timezone. I hate them.
  12. While a lot of your favourite food will be available, they will not be the same. I'm looking at you tomatoes, cheese, and salted popcorn.
  13. People will point out the way you say things. It gets annoying, but just smile it off.
  14. You will cry about home more than you'd like. Stay strong. Remind yourself why you're on this adventure in the first place. Call mom and dad.
  15. Sometimes you'll end up moving back home, sometimes you'll realize you're already home.
Are any of you living in a foreign country?
Any Canadians out there? :)


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