Living abroad is probably the coolest things I’ve ever done. It’s a way to expose yourself to a new world that can teach you a lot about who you are and who you want to be. Plus, Europe is just gorgeous!
This article may be more geared to expat bloggers (or expats in Italy), since we are the ones who receive emails about our new city. Emails are great and I love receiving inquiries, but it’s not cool to email someone with tons of questions when they can search my blog or Google. Even worse, when they don’t reply after you’ve spent 30min on the email to ensure that you’re providing the best info so they have an incredible time in this new city that you love.
5 Misconceptions About Expats
There’s no need to get offended if you’ve done one or more of these things, as this post is more for the expats in the same situation. I’ve seen tweets from bloggers complaining about some of the things on this list, so I thought it was time to share my thoughts.
Read about the 4 personalities every expat needs.
1. You’re a travel agent
No, not quite. We just love where we live and curious enough to learn as much as possible, so we can have a great life and HEY, even write about it! Read our blog, it usually shares all you need to know…or most of what we’re willing to share.
2. You have no life or job
Expats have no life. We are waiting for emails from people asking how to meet an Italian man and where they should rent an apartment for two months. I love those emails.
3. Life is perfect
Everyday is the best day of my life because living abroad is supposed to be romantic and fairy-tale like so people can feel bad about their lives back home. Everyone has bad days, bad experiences and just a day you’re not so proud of… life happens to us all, expat or not.
4. You’re a historian
I actually love learning about the Renaissance and Tuscany’s history, but there’s no way I’m going to remember all that info. Please don’t think I’m less of a person just because I don’t know when Michelangelo was born. If you must know his birthday then tweet Alexandra!
5. Your home country rejected you
I’ve actually thought about this concerning other expats, then I realized that some people like to be out of their comfort zone and learning about another culture day in and day out. One day it just feels normal, even though I still pinch myself when I pass over the Arno River and gaze at Ponte Vecchio.
So, what are your thoughts?
Anything you’re bothered by since being an expat?