I’ve recently received a message asking if I have ever felt like a “foreigner in my own country.” Yes I do, often… Honestly, I don’t think I will ever lose my roots. That’s where I come from, my first language, where the holidays make more sense, the place I know how to behave in every…Read more When you become a foreigner in your own country
It is normal to experience a ‘reverse’ cultural shock, where you miss the old culture, the old habits, the old food... The sense of nostalgia of being in what became your comfort zone, where you have friends, a routine and a daily life. Some people will take a while to readjust even to their…Read more Don’t Compare! New place, new everything
This has been [very] hard for me. There is always a book you are attached to, a picture you bought in a village in Myanmar, the pretty dress you never wore… and you want to hang on to them-- after all they are part of your history. But, unfortunately, you will have to learn…Read more Disconnect from your things
First of all, there is a huge difference between moving to a country where the first language is also your first language. Or to a place where the culture is similar to yours. Or moving to a super developed country where you have an app for the bus schedule. You should always take this into…Read more Things you learn by moving to a country with a completely different culture
The painful reality of living far from your loved ones during holidays, birthdays and festivity days… I usually don’t miss home. Don’t get me wrong, I miss my loved ones, I miss some aspects of being in my own country. But that is not a problem in my daily life. Days go by without thinking…Read more The painful reality of living far during holidays and festivity days…
English is my second language. Spanish is my third language. And yes I have an accent in both. Don’t fall into traps to believe you don’t have an accent. You probably do. And what I’ve heard from everyone is: “be proud of your accent.” Your accent is who you are. It took me a long time to feel comfortable about it, but in the end of the day accents are a sign of strength (you know more than one language, duh!). It makes you different, and it makes you unique. So embrace it! Be proud of it!
When you move to a new place without knowing anyone, solitude is inevitable. Remember, this is temporary! You will meet people in unexpected places, and they will become everything to you.