I am usually not one for tags but as I’ve started discovering other people’s blogs in the last few weeks and have really been enjoying getting in touch with other bloggers (not only expat bloggers), I thought I might as well give it a go. I’ve thrown together a few questions inspired by an expat tag that I saw flying around and edited them to my liking.
I would LOVE if all of you would join me. Feel free to leave out questions you don’t feel like answering or tag other people to do it, so we can share experiences as expats. What do you think, shall we get started?
Where were you born, where did you grow up and where do you currently live?*
I was born in Paris, grew up in Zurich and am now living in Boston.
What made you leave your home country?
Love made me do it!
What type of reactions do you get when you meet new people and tell them where you are from?
I’ve only had nice reactions so far, nothing to complain about. Also, my fellow Swiss friend Roger Federer does a very good job at representing us abroad. I’ve written a blog post covering all the reactions I’ve experienced so far (you’ll find it here in case you’re curious).
What was the easiest/hardest part in adjusting to your new country?
As Philipp had come here a few months before me, he had already found an apartment (which was quite the adventure itself), set up things like internet, a bank account and had gotten to know the area a little. That made it quite easy for me to get settled in. The hardest part has been easing myself into a new daily routine as I am currently not working. A post on that will follow soon. Also, missing my friends and family was (is) hard. This means a lot of skype sessions. Look at them, aren’t they the BEST? Yes they are.
Images, words or sounds that sum up your expat experience so far.
Lastly it has also been a lot of laptop time, writing up posts for the blog, learning Dutch and watching too much Netflix and YouTube, oops.
What’s your favorite food or drink item in your new country?
This should come as no surprise.
What’s the one thing you said “yes” to in your new city that you wouldn’t say “yes” to, back home?
Doing volunteering was something I could definitely say “yes” to in my new home country. It was something that I never could do back home. Also, I’ve been saying “yes” more to working out more consistently (compared to NEVER, success!) and learning Dutch as a new language as well as refreshing my Italian.
Are there any cultural norms/phrases in your new country which you cannot stand?
That’s a difficult one. People use the word “like” soooo much. I don’t mean the use of like as a way to express something you like but rather the use of “like” in just any sentence, e.g. ‘I was…just like…thinking no way can this be true. And then I was like, I don’t believe it’. Get what I mean? It’s just a little detail still it is something I find a bit annoying.
What do you enjoy most doing in your new country?
Exploring a new life and having the privilege to shaping everyday like I want to. I am aware that the moment will come where I’ll have to work again (only if this work permit will ever be accepted in this lifetime of course) so I am making the most of my time. I also enjoy doing a lot of volunteering, getting to know new people and obviously indulging in a certain type of pastry (see question 6).
Do you think you will ever move home for good?
I do think that I will go back home to Switzerland eventually. Let’s see what life brings!
Have a great day, wherever you are in this world!
If you feel like doing the tag, copy the questions and get started yourself! You’ll find them below:
- Where were you born, where did you grow up and where do you currently live?
- What made you leave your home country?
- What type of reactions do you get when you meet new people and tell them where you are from?
- What was the easiest/hardest part in adjusting to your new country?
- Images, words or sounds that sum up the expat experience you’ve had so far.
- Your favorite food or drink item in your new country?
- What’s the one thing you said “yes” to in your new city that you wouldn’t say “yes” to, back home?
- Are there any cultural norms/phrases in your new country which you cannot stand?
- What do you enjoy most doing in your new country?
- Do you think you will ever move home for good?
* I know, I know. This is a three in one question. But, I feel like this should only be a quick one.