The Challenge and Joy to live Internationally
The challenge and joy to live internationally start from the very beginning of the journey. After the excitement of an international move has faded, what will a non-working expat wife do to fill her day? When all the boxes have been unpacked and the thrills of the new culture you find yourself living in have become well, less thrilling, how do you fill the days and get the best out of the experience?
I have been in this exact situation several times. In the last 20 years, we have moved 8 times and learning how to navigate in a new city has not always been easy. In certain cases, the language has been a huge barrier. In others, finding the right connection to people has been challenging. Nevertheless, I have always done my best to create a very rewarding experience for me and my family, in order to enjoy the time we spent in every place. In my experience, moving and living abroad requires a great deal of emotional strength. Learning your new every-day life (from grocery shopping to school or doctors) requires you to be very open-minded, patient and ready to deal with a very different culture. Sadness and frustration might kick in from time to time (I know, it was easier at home!), but be reassured that every system works. You have just to learn how.