There are many reasons why we might get stuck at home, bad weather, snow days, can’t travel, that thing that appeared at the start of 2020… Here’s a list of some of the things I do and hopefully they’ll give you some ideas too!
Now before you continue to read this post, I want to put it out there and say that it’s not another one that goes on about how to deal with the C-word, if we should still be travelling while it’s going on, offering advice or any of that. It’s purely to share my experience of being an expat living overseas while the C-word temporarily takes over the world. More so the mental health aspect of things and yes, how I did end up having an emotional breakdown over it.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not being nasty, this is a light hearted post about some of the observations I’ve had as an expat over things that are said and done that make me cringe because they mean something different in the UK! We’ve all heard of cultural faux pas, they are bound to happen regardless of how well you know a culture, there’ll always be little things that mean something else in a different country/language. I know myself of a few words that I’ve said while in the States that mean nothing bad in British English but in the US, I’ve been met with gasps. It happens! We’re all humans after all!
American Football is the most popular sport in the USA…and I don’t understand it. Not in the sense of how can people like watching football, but more of trying to follow the game play. I get completely lost! I was recently invited to Ames, Iowa to watch the Iowa State Cyclones play the Texas Longhorns. It was my first college football game and even with help from the people around me, I still walked away a little clueless! So here are some lighthearted observations from a British person trying to understand American Football for the first time!
A fun little gift idea for people you may not get to see very often, long distance relationships, expats etc are ‘Open When’ letters! They can be as cheap or as expensive as you like because at the end of the day they come from the heart (bleugh I just threw up a little…but it’s true!). The trickiest part is coming up with what to include! I gave some to my mum and sister in England when I moved to America and then in return my mum sent some to me! Hopefully you’ll find these Open When letter ideas helpful!
Woah, long time no see expat update! I can’t believe we’re already half way through 2019 and to be honest, I spent most of time ‘wishing this year away’. I know it’s bad to do that, but it’s been rough. I’m in a slightly better place now, mainly thanks to the distraction that travel brings! So lets try and summarise the first 6 months of this year!
When you’re an expat, there’s an awful lot of things to think about. One thing that’s crossed my mind a few times is “if I was to have children while living in America, there may come a day when I may have to travel alone with them when visiting home”. It’s not quick and simple. Living in Iowa, that’s a 3 hour drive to Chicago, followed by an 8 and a half hour flight on to England…and that’s if you fly direct!