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!
So you’ve probably come across these bucket lists a hundred times before. I had a ‘things to do before you die list’ and I pretty much completed everything on it…skydiving – done, bungee jump – done, canyon swing – done, swim with sharks – done, surf Waikiki Beach – done, you just have to check out my adrenaline activity list to see a whole bunch of crazy stuff that I’ve completed. I HAD a 30 before 30 list, to visit 30 countries before I turned 30 and I smashed it out of the park…I even upped it to 40 countries and I’m currently on 39 with a year to go!
For my job, I was sent on a course about how to have a happy, positive way of thinking in life. No, it wasn’t an anger management course and no I was not sent on it because I’m a grump bag! It started by reading a parable called The Orange Frog. All the frogs in the pond were green, when one of them started to think positive, he became more orange. At first, the other frogs thought being orange and different was a bad thing. But the positivity started to rub off on all the frogs around him and soon they all became orange. They realised that although bad things may happen in their life, their outlook could change the way they were affected by it.
Now I’m living in America, I read a lot of expat blogs! I find it really interesting reading other people’s experiences and it’s great connecting with other people that are going through a similar thing to what I am (it really is a very weird feeling being an expat!). I was recently tagged in a post by Sandra at Going American, a fellow European now living in Boston, USA and thought it’d be fun to answer her questions about my expat life experience!
In the UK I had been with the same phone company ever since I was 11 years old…roughly 15 years! It may have changed hands several times (One-to-One, T-Mobile, EE) but I was always happy with the service I received. I’ve been in America for 5 months and I’m already onto my 2nd phone company. Before I emigrated, I had bought an iPhone, just thinking that it’d be simple, I’d get to America and just put in an American Sim Card and away I go! If only it was that simple!
What’s it like to visit home for the first time after you’ve emigrated? The key word is VISIT. There are so many posts about what is it like when you return from travelling but what is it like when you know you are only stopping by for a visit rather than just returning to normal life? I’ll tell you.
I had such a good response from my 15 Crazy Differences Living in Iowa/USA post that I thought I’d write a part 2! I’ve now been living in Iowa for 2 months and I still find new crazy little differences every day! Life as an expat is certainly never dull, I’m constantly kept on my toes! Here are 19 more crazy differences living in Iowa/USA!