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“Since I moved abroad, it has had an impact on every aspect of my life: family relationships, work, friends, the way I look at things ...”, said one my friends, four years after she had moved abroad.

The sentence summarizes what we have heard often, having experienced migration ourselves, and thus having met many other expats, migrants and relocated professionals. At the same time, we recognize that we still have the same main values, we like the same things as before, and we remain the same sort of person we used to be. So what has changed?

 

How about this:

 

  • We live in more than one country, physically or virtually, some of us doing activities in both countries, some just regularly going back, watching national news, or at least feeling some sort of belonging to more than one geographical place.

 

  • A significant number of our new friendships are with other foreigners, maybe because we feel some mutual connection and understanding.

 

  • We have learnt that things that seemed so obvious can differ completely between cultures, and now we know better what adjustments we are ready to make, and, on the other hand, what is crucial for us to keep and maintain no matter where we move.

 

  • Sometimes we are proud to be among people who can see things from wider than local perspective - who can make comparisons, and see broader patterns. We have learnt so much. And then, there is this small envy towards those who have always lived their lives in one place, close to their families and friends from childhood or teenage times, going together through different phases of their lives and still meeting from time to time in the same pub as many years ago.

 

  • Occasionally, we fantasize about how it would be if we returned. Somewhere deep inside we know it would never be totally the same as before we moved away, and this can be a strange and very ambivalent feeling.

 

  • We get emotional when we think about what is ”home“ and what is ”belonging“.

 

  • Still, we are glad we have had this life experience.

 

How is your experience of living in a new country? Do you think you have changed since you moved abroad? Would you be ready to share it with us and other readers? Click here to write us about your experience and you can choose a service or a product for free.

 

In the next articles on the topic of living internationally, we will have a look at how to get most out of the experience of living abroad. We will bring tips and tricks for different phases such as: the original decision whether to move or not, planning the move, the first weeks in a new place, life abroad later on, making a new decision (stay, settle down, move somewhere else, return); and also for return and re-adjustment to the country we came from. If you have any particular preference about topics you would like to find on this page, drop us an e-mail with your suggestion:  to do so, click here.

 

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