There 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!