So today I thought I would give the blogging stage to my good friend Gail who was willing to share some of her thoughts on certain topics! Enjoy!
The grass is always greener on the other side or so they say. You’ve packed your life into boxes. You’re excited about the imminent move abroad and seeing your future with rose tinted glasses. It’s romantic, adventurous and exhilarating. You’re itching to go and start afresh as happier times lie just around the corner. Having lived abroad for over a year, here are the 5 things you should keep in mind and be prepared for.
- Homesickness. It will hit you faster than you can say “I’m being followed by a pack of llamas”. You will miss the oddest things: From that lame whiskey advert on Italian TV to that annoying jingle playing on your fave radio station, your neighbours’ exasperating music tastes and the local “hamalli” speeding up late at night; no one’s spared.
- It’s extortionate. Everything abroad is ridiculously more expensive than it is in Malta. From a Jack Coke to luscious sliced bread, you will find yourself forking out more money than you ever did.
- The wildness factor. Foreigners like to have a good time as much as the Maltese but what are the chances of bars and clubs being open all night, reachable in a matter of minutes and a series of shenanigans on a weekly basis in a foreign country without ending homeless and broke
- Savings. If you’ve made the big move, you have probably saved enough cash to get you started in another country. Have at least 7 months of living savings before making the move to cover housing costs and emergencies. Otherwise, you’re just an idiot.
- Xenophobia. Alas, xenophobia is still rife around the world. Understand that your best bet is to be patient and nice to everyone around you. Remember that you don’t have to be liked by everyone but expect the unexpected. Just don’t forget to leave burning poop outside their homes.....Kidding, kidding!
In between listening to ridiculous hours of music and writing about various topics and peculiarities, Gail finds time to ponder over the preposterous happenings in life. Having just hit 30, her pace is now slower but her sense of humour greater. Embark on this journey and follow this trail of madness we call life. Have a laugh and exasperate all rolled into one!
Contact Gail on firstname.lastname@example.org