Five Ways to Water Where You Are

InterNations member Juanita Kwarteng, the creator of 1000culturalencounters.com, has written this splendid article on how important it is for expats and global nomads to not lose sight of what’s right in front of us and to make the most of where we are. Enjoy! I saw this quote recently: “The grass isn’t greener on the […]

Wanted: Your Experiences of Working and Living Abroad

Today in the ‘InterNations Recommends’ category, we would like to introduce to you the Expat Archive Centre. The name is pretty self-explanatory … The Expat Archive Centre collects memories and testimonials from expats all over the world, stores them and makes them accessible for offline (and hopefully soon also online) research, thus documenting the global […]

A Brit in Munich: Expat Interview

We are aiming to interview expats in various different regions of the world, asking them about their life, their motivation, their ups and downs of expat life, and what they would recommend to newly arrived expats in their town. Our first interviewee is our guest blogger Simon, a British expat in Munich. Enjoy! What is […]

How Hard Does It Get Moving to Spain?

No one ever said that moving abroad was easy, but one may be tempted to think that moving to Spain from another European country is slightly less intimidating than moving to somewhere on the other side of the world. Well, it is and it isn’t… InterNations member Mary-Kay recalls one experience from her time as […]

Arriving in Tehran – the Start of a Big Adventure

InterNations member Philip moved from Europe to Iran to work with a cultural company only to find a country quite different to his earlier understanding and not at all what he imagined. Here is the first instalment of his story on dealing with a situation that no one could have predicted! Being an indigenous British […]

Francophone ≠ Francophone

We interviewed Justine, originally from Montréal, Canada, who is now living in Lyon, and tells us how her initial expectations of life in France were completely up the wrong alley. Tell us a bit about yourself: How did you end up in Lyon? Was there any culture shock being a French-Canadian and going to France? […]

Getting Home – 30 Years Later

Expat Maris tells us about his experience of feeling strangely at home in his country of origin, Latvia, despite not having lived there longer than 10 months of his life. I was born in Latvia, yet spent most of my childhood and adolescence in Denmark and was living in the United States for the past […]

Packing Light

When Davide from Sardinia in Italy found out he was to be offered a job transfer to New Zealand, he was delighted! What he didn’t quite consider was that the job was to start in 3 weeks and he needed to get ready. He recalls his three-week packing spree and how he regretted not taking […]

Playing in the Concrete Jungle

Jimmy from Chicago decided to take up a job offer in Tokyo in order to learn about his family heritage and discover whether his grandparents’ experiences of Tokyo before coming to America still ring true. In this blog entry, he tells us about some of his impressions from his first day in Tokyo. I wouldn’t […]

Do You Shower Daily?

Marisa from Barcelona moved to Berlin for a new job and shares her experience of finding a flat. I hadn’t really thought much about how different Berlin would be from Barcelona, except of course the obvious language and climate difference. I learned German in school so I was quite happy to have that basis – […]