Expat Round-up: Connect with others like you

expats roundup of blog posts UKThere is a solitude to expat life, even if you move with your family, that helps define the experience of living overseas. Solitude is not loneliness (and what a welcome calm in the crazy chaos of overseas living it can be), but when we feel loneliness, even in a group of people, what to do?

Fire up the computer and click through the Internet of course! This must be the easiest way to connect with others like you. One of the number one reasons people blog and read blogs is to connect with people, like-minded people. And these Expat Round-ups are meant to help you do just that, find other expats who are thinking about your experience the same way as you. Blogs that when you read them you can’t help but leave a comment saying “Yes! That’s exactly what I was thinking too! You’ve put my thoughts to words perfectly.” In this round-up I’ve got expats to relate to, to be entertained by and to learn from. Go check them out and discover a new expat you can share experiences with!

Oh, and if you’ve got a post that rocks, one you’d like to share, one of those “yeah, I so get that” posts, where others will be nodding their heads in agreement, then leave a link below in the linky. I love checking out all the linky posts.

I love the explanation behind the name of this blog, Gammon & Chips, written by the witty Aussie-in-UK journalist, Maddie Sinclair. Maddie is also a professional proofreader–what a perfect portable career for an expat. Stop by and say hi to Maddie and if you’re one of the BritMums who is writing a book perhaps Maddie is the proofreader for you!

Being an expat introduces us to other cultures, both subtly and massively different to our own, but so does working with expats. I meet people online living in many different cultures and I always find the differences fascinating. One of the most interesting posts I’ve read in a long time has been Midlife Single Mum’s House of Mourning. I am finding, not for the first time, that I am wishing my culture had some characteristics of another. There’s a lovely piece of humour at the end of her post.

One of the difficulties of moving to a new place is finding the right grocery store, the right hairdresser, and the right vet (or whatever) and for Emma, writing on the Bavarian Sojourn the challenge was finding the right dentist. Check out her story–you may have had a similar experience! But ultimately, Emma’s dentist disaster turned to joy when she found a brilliant dentist in Munich. (And if you leave near Munich she’s got a great recommendation for you!).

I love this post, False Friends and other Fine Messes from Scribbler in Seville who writes about language mix-ups. As with Midlife Single Mum’s post, it’s a wonderful snapshot into the something I don’t know much about as I’ve never had to learn another language because of where I was living. This makes for some very entertaining reading!

From one funny post to another, Heather writes about a recent hacking on her blog, Mamas Blog Time. In fact, I was going to link to that post but instead I’m going to just link to the whole blog–you may as well make a cup of tea now because you’ll be there a while, trawling through her posts; one entertaining read after another!

Now over to you, readers. Once you’ve been and said hello to these fantastic bloggers, come back and leave a link to your post!



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About Michelle Garrett

Michelle Garrett is the author of The American Resident, where she blogs about making a life overseas, raising a blended family, herding cats, chasing chickens and attempting the Good Life in Essex. Michelle is a freelance writer and BritMums editor.

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12 Responses to Expat Round-up: Connect with others like you

  1. Gammon and Chips (@maddiesinclair) 18 February 2013 at 18:25 #

    Wow! Thanks so much for featuring me Michelle! What a lovely surprise! And thanks for the proofreading plug – I owe you one ;-) You are definitely right – it is a really portable career for an expat, and one that can work well around having children too – a rare find these days!

    Now, off to check out the blogs of my fellow featured expats.

    Thanks again,

    Maddie :-)

    • Michelle Garrett 19 February 2013 at 10:15 #

      No problem! It’s always nice for me to find more expat reading as well :)

  2. Emma 18 February 2013 at 21:14 #

    Thanks so much for including me Michelle! I won’t give up my dentist in London just yet, but when needs must, at least I have found one I am happy to visit here! :)

    • Michelle Garrett 19 February 2013 at 10:12 #

      Hehe! I don’t blame you, familiarity is nice. But yes, at least you have a decent alternative now!

  3. Midlife Singlemum 19 February 2013 at 07:45 #

    Thanks for the mention Michelle. I love reading other expat blogs – it gives me a sense of perspective when I find myself yearning for the green countryside of England (not to mention the shopping – woops I just did).

  4. Fiona Flores Watson 22 February 2013 at 11:32 #

    Thanks for mentioning the blog, Michelle. I loved Midlife Singlemum’s shiva post, fascinating stuff. I’m looking at the Spanish culture from outside, so seeing her own culture from her perspective, the inside, and reading her stories, was everything I love about blogging – people’s everyday-for-them, unusual-for-us personal experiences. Fab!

    • Michelle Garrett 01 March 2013 at 09:58 #

      I agree, definitely one of the great things about connecting with others through blogs is discovering stories like hers–and all of you here!

  5. Gina 27 February 2013 at 12:03 #

    I look forward to heading over to all the blogs you mentioned.
    Loved what you wrote. Your fist sentence struck me “There is a solitude to expat life, even if you move with your family, that helps define the experience of living overseas.” since it is truly so accurate. The internet has been a blessing and I am so grateful for all the amazing expat advice I have found on various blogs. It does help make you feel less alone.

    • Jennifer Howze 28 February 2013 at 16:07 #

      I agree with Gina. Expat life is a solitary road in some ways, no matter how many people you’re surrounded by.

    • Michelle Garrett 01 March 2013 at 09:59 #

      Glad the internet is working like that for you Gina! I wihs I could have had something like the network I have through blogs when I was first an expat–I think my early expat years would have been very different and less lonely.

  6. Wendy Doran 22 October 2013 at 19:48 #

    I so agree with you, I’ve been an ex pat for many years and made lots of new friends but oh what I wouldn’t give to find a neighbour from my neck of the woods.