And then there’s Reality

February 14th, 2007

Imagine walking down an unlit cobblestone sidewalk to a not-entirely-known destination where you think you’ll find dinner. You took a wrong turn, try the other way. Wrong turn again, try the -other- way? Ok, you’ve found the restaurant to eat at, order what you want. None of the waitstaff speak english, maybe the person next to you does? He does, he can translate an order for you. Just pay and sit down. The restaurant is busy, people sit down next to you at your table but you can’t understand a word they’re saying to each other. Your food comes, you eat, the food is good, you leave. You walk back down an unlit cobbstone sidewalk to your apartment, in the rain.

In the world of expats they talk about the “honeymoon” phase where new expats are usually very excited and happy to be in an entirely new place for the first few weeks. After that they usually enter some sort of period where they’re unhappy, perhaps even depressed. They realize all of the home-comforts that they’re now missing and its as though reality sets in.

It’s different here.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. heather  |  February 14th, 2007 at 5:56 pm

    Wow, its going to take a lot of adjustments to get used to everything, but don’t worry, you’ll get the hang of things. And just remember I’ll be there soon!

  • 2. Matt  |  February 14th, 2007 at 10:43 pm

    I see an opportunity to open up a McDonalds, that way you don’t need to know English because you can just point at the picture.

  • 3. Kathryn  |  February 24th, 2007 at 10:00 pm

    Yes Matt, every restaurant should be a point and order affair. Who needs language when you have pictures.


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