Posts Tagged ‘expat life’

What changes after you’ve been the newbie yourself

Written by Diane. Posted in on everything else, on life in France

When you've been the newbie yourself (1)

After going to a new-to-me exercise studio while visiting family in the USA, I realized I’ve changed how I interact with “new” people I come in contact with. Flashing back to Diane the New Yorker 5+ years ago, I had a very New York mindset and would be that busy person who was friendly but not overly so, kept to myself in unfamiliar situations and didn’t go out of my way to be bubbly or welcoming to newbies in my social circle. I wasn’t rude or cold by any means, but I wasn’t as empathetic as I am now. Now, after being the newbie myself as a foreigner in France, I’ve majorly changed how I act toward other newcomers I encounter in daily life. And going to a Pure Barre class in Florida last month made that clear to me.

Let me explain…

Annoying things expats do

Written by Diane. Posted in on everything else, on life in France

Annoying things expats do

No one out there is perfect and sometimes in stressful, new and confusing circumstances, we’re even less perfect versions of ourselves. As expats, we’re probably annoying from time to time to those back home, to those in our new country and even to those we live with (*cough, cough*). Here are the top 6 annoying things expats do.

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What to send in a care package to your friend living abroad

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What to send in a care package to your friend living abroad

Care packages…. the stuff expat dreams are made of. Really, a package from friends or family back home can turn my day right around. There’s something about the comforts of home that have the ability to do that. So thinking of making someone’s day? If you have a friend or family member living abroad, read on for the best stuff to put in a care package!

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Biggest misconceptions about expats and expat life

Written by Diane. Posted in on life in France

Biggest misconceptions about expats and expat life

We all make assumptions about all kinds of things every single day. I guess it’s part of being human. Me personally? I assume the stores will be closed at lunch and won’t reopen on time. And that my jackass neighbor will block my garage when he parks his car at lunch. And that the mail will come around 10am. Pretty harmless stuff.

But what about when people make assumptions about you?

Have you ever had a conversation where the person you’re talking to wrongly makes some major assumptions about who you are and how you got there? Maybe something that was positive and made you smile or maybe something that kind of rubbed you the wrong way? As an expat, you may encounter some of the misconceptions I talk about below. If you live abroad, you’ve probably heard at least one, and if you’re thinking of moving abroad? You’ll want to read on so you know what people may assume about you and your life once you reach your destination…

Read on for the top misconceptions about expats I’ve heard!

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