6 THINGS I WISH I HAD KNOWN BEFORE MOVING ABROAD

I thought it would be nice to do a little bit different post this time. As you might know already but if you did not know I live in Estonia but I am not Estonian. I have also lived in the States in the past and that is why I have some experience to talk about this. So I gathered few things which people who have lived in abroad in some point of their life might be able to relate to. These things are not particular to Estonia but just some general remarks. Let's get started!

1. YOU WILL EVENTUALLY PUT YOURSELF INTO MANY AWKWARD SITUATIONS
Let's be honest it will happen to everyone! Whether you pronounce a word incorrectly so that it changes the meaning of the entire sentence or you just do not know how you should act in certain situation. It is okay if it happens you cannot know everything and it is 100% understandable. I myself for example, did not know how to pronounce schedule correctly so I pronounced it very weirdly when I started high school in the States. I had been talking about my schedule for the whole first week until someone cared to correct me and ask me what I was talking about because nobody had understood. I was pretty embarrassed back then when I heard how to actually say the word correctly. Oh those lovely high school days. ;)
2. FEELING IN THE LANGUAGE WHICH IS NOT YOUR FIRST LANGUAGE IS DIFFICULT
 I had good command of English already when I arrived to States although I had thick accent. The most difficult thing for me was to feel in English although I researched the point in where I even thought in English. It sometimes was very frustrating when I tried to express my feelings but just could not really do it. I knew the words and how to say them but still I could not put feeling in it. My "I'm happy" and "I'm sad" sound the same even if I had been super happy or super sad. And it is not with English language it is with every new language you'll learn.

3. YOU WILL GAIN WEIGHT
You will have to adapt your diet to what local supermarkets offer so say farewell to your own country's specialties. But that also means hello to your new country's specialties and you will have to try everything during the first two weeks. oops... Eventually you will find constantly new things you want to try and you will fall in love with some of them. So you'll eat them because you never know when you might be leaving. ;) Or people in your new country are used to more fattening. Whatever it is you will gain weight, probably a lot and there is no way to prevent it.
4. THE STRUGGLE OF FINDING REAL FRIENDS
 I am not going to lie, finding friends that will stay is not easy in new country. First of all you might not know anyone before hand and you might not know the language well enough to communicate with locals which makes finding friends difficult. There will be people who are interested about you for few weeks because they think your exotic and interesting but when they have heard enough and asked enough questions about your home country, they will loose their interest. Also there will be people who assume that you will eventually leave so they are not even bothered to get to know you because they assume that the friendship will not last anyway. Struggle is real but you still cannot quit trying but you have to keep going. :)

5. YOU EITHER END UP LOVING IT OR HATING IT
There is only two sides either you end up loving it or you come back to your home country and never move out again. I must say that I am addicted and I do not think I want to come back my home country anytime soon. The more I experience the more I want to experience.
6. EITHER WAY, YOU KNOW IT THAT YOU HAVE TO DO IT IN SOME POINT OF YOUR LIFE
I think everyone should try it in some point of their life and it can be for any reason university exchange or work and it does not have to be so long even 2 months is enough to make life long memories, friends and learn skills you would not probably learn in your own country. There is just so much things living in abroad teaches you and whole new world will open up to you if you do it. So if you get a chance to move abroad do not hesitate just do it. It is for your own good. ;)

☺: Alice

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2 comments:

  1. Ha, so true on the weight thing. The best decision I made when I lived abroad was to join local expat groups on Facebook. It's the quickest way to meet people and while people come and go, you have people who can help you until you can start making friends with the locals.

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    1. Yes your right, Facebook groups are def lifesavers! Thank you for your comment. :)

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