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How I Learned to Live in a New Country

Moving to a new city or country is very strange. All the stages you go through, first the excitement, then you are homesick, and then it is time to settle, time to blend in. My experience is certainly unique because it is me, but it is my pleasure to share with the community my challenges and how I dealt with them.

  1. Focus

This is definitely one the most important lessons I learned abroad. It is so easy to loose it all because things go wrong. The quality of water, quality of foods, electricity, internet, language barrier, cultural difference, people’s mindset, health care system, education system, traffic, work culture, nightlife, lack of entertainment, lack of jobs etc… you name it you have it all. Like many people, I struggled during my first month, loneliness, language barrier, food issues I even lost 10 pounds etc… The truth is all that energy burned every day puts you at odds with your new home and yourself. What kept me grounded was the ultimate goal, my mission. The reason why I moved. Constantly reminding me, encouraged me to overcome those challenges, embraced them as part of the learning journey and be solution oriented.

What kept me grounded was the ultimate goal, my mission. The reason why I moved.

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Constantly reminding me that encouraged me to overcome those challenges, embraced them as part of the learning journey and be solution oriented.

2. Build your network system

Look for like-minded, trusted peers. Those people can assist you, support you, provide solutions whenever you face a difficult moment. I know the first intuition is to go with your community which is perfectly fine. But I will recommend a balance between the community and locals. That is because expanding your network to include locals will definitely equip you with more tools to address all your struggles, immersed you within the context of your new home and it will make your experience more enjoyable.

3. Take advantage of what the new city has to offer.

Often we fall short of exploring the city or simply connecting with others. Find your passion or things you like to do and go for it. Take full advantage of all the city has to offer. Squeeze all the opportunity to explore, discover and enjoy. From museums to concerts, innovation centers, artist venue, flee markets, cafes, public transport, food corners, etc… The more you engage with the city and its people the more you will find common grounds.

But don’t forget to always have a smart phone with Google maps.

The more you engage with the city and its people the more you will find common grounds.

4.Be constantly on your guard

One of the biggest issues, when you relocate somewhere new, is safety. So always be aware of your surroundings, get the most important phone numbers close your fingers, and always be critical thinkers. By liaising with locals you will understand better the city, the country and map out critical pieces of information necessary for your safety. Therefore including locals in your group of support system is critical.

By liaising with locals you will understand better the city, the country and map out critical pieces of information necessary for your safety.

In Conclusion, everyone’s experience is different and unique as I mentioned at the inception.

I want to leave you guys with my favorite quote:

“The door to your GREATNESS is very low…to enter, it requires you HUMBLE yourself”

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