When friends found out we’d planned to move to Europe, many of them suggested we apply to House Hunters International. For my non-American readers, it’s a TV program that “assists” people in finding suitable accommodation in their new host country. You’re filmed meeting a real estate agent, visiting potential houses and discussing what you like / don’t like about each one. Before the show is over, the tenants select a home and move in.
Is it October 3 already? Let’s see.
- Are my favourite restaurants and markets closed for a public holiday? Yes.
- Do the open-air exhibits focus on the historical significance of Germany in 1989 / 1990? Yes.
- Is the city hosting a festival to celebrate freedom, diversity and democracy tonight? Yes.
I burst out laughing when a friend texted me this meme. As anyone who’s lived in another country or speaks a foreign language already knows, this actually happens! I guess it’s just another unexpected curveball in the expat experience.
Earlier this month I went to Norway for a little holiday. But before you ask about the famous western fjords, I’ll admit that I didn’t visit them. Did your jaw just drop? I know, I know. But on this particular trip our limited time prevented us from making the journey. Don’t worry, it’s OK. Whatever you do, don’t feel bad for us because we still had a great time without the famous fjords.
Did you miss me?!
Sorry for stepping away these past two weeks. After my trip to Norway earlier this month, it was difficult to find time to write my blog posts. But don’t worry because I’m back! And I’ve officially returned to my (mostly) regular Monday to Friday posting schedule.
But before I get dive back in, please humour me for a minute. One of the first articles I wrote for this blog was about the importance of committing to a posting schedule. Oops. So excuse me while I eat my slice of humble pie, take my own advice and get back to work!
Next up, a review of my time in Oslo.
If I’m honest, my mood’s been shit since Sunday. And I know that it’s time for a change of scenery in order to improve my perspective (and attitude). I can’t identify exactly what’s bothering me, but taking some space will afford me the chance to reflect.
Happy Friday, expat spouse! Time for a weekly round-up of interesting articles floating around the internet. Have a great weekend and I’ll see you on Monday.
The power of positive thinking
If you’ve followed this blog for a while you know how much I adore podcasts. I mean, what’s not to love? They’re so easy to listen to while you’re in the grocery store, gym or coffee shop. In “How I got into College“, produced by This American Life, the admissions process for elite schools is examined.
The hour-long episode focuses on the story of Emir Kamenica, a Bosnian refugee who fled to America during the war. He faced many of the same struggles of an expat: language difficulties, cultural clashes, etc. but ultimately became very successful. It turns out that his positive perspective likely had a big impact on the path his life took. (This American Life)
Solving the problem of Over-tourism
Scotland is the most recent country to face the realities of over-tourism, but it won’t be the last. I know it’s tempting to visit destinations trending on Instagram, but do your research before you book. If you want to be part of the solution the folks at NOMADasaurus have 7 suggestions for you. (NOMADasaurus)
Breakfast by Babish
Many people describe breakfast as the most important meal of the day, and I agree. It doesn’t matter which continent you live on or country you live in, we all have to eat. And it isn’t surprising to learn that the definition of “breakfast” varies widely around the world.
Consuming a balanced, nutritious meal sets the tone for the day and keeps your mind sharp. This week on Binging with Babish you can learn how to prepare a Full English breakfast suitable for Daniel Day-Lewis. Just a head’s up – it’s pretty challenging! (Binging with Babish)