All posts tagged: expat

Establishing your ‘network’ in the New Country

When you land in a new country, a new city, you’re far away from home and most likely you don’t have your family or your close group of friends living there. Today I’d like to write about establishing your new network in your new hometown. I’ll list a few tips, based on my experience, hoping it may be of help to others without wanting to teach anyone anything really new.  . CULTURE – Being familiar with your acquired new home’s culture will be an advantage. So make sure you read about it before moving to your new destination or once you arrive there. It’ll help blend in more smoothly and discover ‘Dos & Donts’, making your life easier. . Try to find out what are the most important events & traditions. They could be Bank Holidays, Xmas traditions, Sport events, etc… For example, here in Australia almost everything is celebrated with a “Barbie”, a Bbq, and with a beer or with Drinks in general. Or the AFL, the Australian Football, so don’t try to organise …

What is the Expat attitude?

I encourage to read this article by The Age about Expat life or better attitude. I think it reminds everybody how to look at life and brings a bit of positive attitude and care for others, it pushes you to know more about the country you live in, it brings the curiosity to go out and make new friends. Among other things, it talks about expats you usually do things and don’t spend much time thinking whether they should do something or not.  I think we all need to remember that from time to time. From my personal experience, I do think that as an Expat you are, in a way, forced to put yourself out there to make new friends and explore the new city you live in, but then it also comes down to each one’s attitude. It allows you the freedom of being different, discovering your newself, if you want, although you always need to cope with yourself, but that is another story. I remember the first time I came back from …

The 4 Phases of Moving to Another Place

I have been living my life in different places. Although it’s been mostly in Italy, in Milan, I have always had the chance to travel, whether it was for holiday, study or work purposes. First encouraged by my parents who well thought it was important to discover the world, know about other cultures and learn other languages to enrich ourselves and prepare for the future, as you never know what turn life could take. At the beginning I felt lucky, but a bit forced, and then little by little this desire to discover the world has become part of me. And now I actively seek these kind of experiences. That’s why lately I spent 2 years and a half living in working in Madrid, Spain, 3 years in Melbourne, Australia, and now I just recently moved to Zurich. Every time you move, I think you go through different experiences, phases and emotional states. After my latest transfer to Spain first and to Australia second, I started realising there is actually a pattern in moving and …

A Lebanese night out in Zurich // Una serata libanese a Zurigo

Last night after a full day of running around doing million things, I really needed to relax, chill out, unwind… We were supposed to go to an organised event, but it was too late, so wandering around Zurich, I believe still in Enge, we saw this cute and lively bar on the corner, next to the river, with coulourful lights and music playing with such a great vibe and we decided to make a stop there. A very welcoming staff, just showed us where we could sit while waiting for  proper table. We sat on the stools, maybe a bit too high vs the table, but where we ended staying the whole night! We ordered a “stange”, the Swiss/German word for a small beer, which is already probably 3/4 of a pint (another country where beer is easily drunk :), and a “radler”, which I was told it’s called “Panache” or “Panache’ “, like in France, basically beer with lemonade. Ohhh God, it was so refreshing, since Zurich last night was still very warm. Oh, …

Want to move abroad? But where?

A friend just shared an article about the best countries to move to according to 3 main different criteria: 1. Economics 2. Experience 3. Raising children But the good thing about it is that the ranking is interactive according to which are the criteria that interest you the most. You might be interested more into the experience or just some aspects of the economics. Here’s the link to the countries interactive 2013 ranking by HSBC: http://www.expatexplorer.hsbc.com/#/countries But you can also compare 2 countries, read about hints and tips or go more in the research into detail. I won’t uncover you anything, but you’ll find a few surprises! For you to read! Related articles Want to move abroad? This map shows the best and worst countries to be an expatriate. (washingtonpost.com) World’s 10 best economies for expats (cbsnews.com) The 15 Best Countries For You To Move To Right Now (businessinsider.com)

Expat Life

A new section has just come to live on my blog about ‘Expat life‘, the hardship & excitement of moving to another place and start a new life somewhere else. In my case, right now it’s Melbourne, but it’s been Madrid in the past. I’ve even been a temporary expatriate also in other cities for shorter periods of time, to learn a language or do an internship. For example in Barcelona, San Diego, the little town of Moodus CT (USA), Sydney, … I’ll be sharing my experience, what’s yours? Check it out by Clicking on the link below: Expat Life. Related articles Chasing the sky: Are you ready to be an expat? (inaforeignsky.wordpress.com) a reality of being an expat (cindi-keller.com) All aboard the expat blogger express (telegraph.co.uk) Ex-Pat Living: Hey Friend, Looking for a Lighter? (whattheworldtaughtme.com) Introducing the Guest Expat Blog Series (theexpatloop.wordpress.com)  

The 4 Phases of Moving to Another Place

I have been living my life in different places. Although it’s been mostly in Italy, in Milan, I have always had the chance to travel, whether it was for holiday, study or work purposes. First encouraged by my parents who well thought it was important to discover the world, know about other cultures and learn other languages to enrich ourselves and prepare for the future, as you never know what turn life could take. At the beginning I felt lucky, but a bit forced, and then little by little this desire and curiosity about the world has become part of me. And now I actively seek these kind of experiences. That’s why lately I spent 2 years and a half living in working in Madrid, Spain, and a few months ago I chose to live in Melbourne, Australia. Every time you move, I think you go through different experiences, phases and emotional states. After my latest transfer to Spain first and to Australia second, I started realising there is actually a pattern in moving and …

I cuscini dell’Ikea sono una farsa / Ikea’s sleeping pillows are a joke / Las almohadas del Ikea son una broma

Per fortuna o per sfortuna non ho mai frequentato troppo l’Ikea. Forse 2 o 3 volte in Italia per accompagnare mia madre e 3  in Spagna per necessità. Si aggiunge pero’ Melbourne che già detiene il record di 4 volte! Eh sì, perchè l’Ikea in Australia si trova anche in città e si puo’ raggiungere comodamente coi mezzi, dai quartieri vicini al centro o CBD, in circa mezzora. Per esempio l’Ikea di Richmond http://www.ikea.com/au/en/store/richmond/ col tram 109 verso Boxhill http://www.yarratrams.com.au/ senza mai cambiare, si fa’ tutta Collins St e poi si prosegue. In generale è divertente andare all’Ikea, soprattutto se non si va’ spesso o se si va’ con già tutto pianificato e ci si puo’ poi divertire a guardare e comprare i diversi gadget oppure se si accompagna qualcuno che ha le idee chiare e poi si fa’ lo stesso: si cazzeggia e si comprano i gadgets. Noi siamo riusciti a pianificare bene le nostre gite all’Ikea, poche cose da comprare, mirate e con licenza di cazzeggiare un pochino e comprare qualche piccolo premietto …