Moving to the UK: things you’ll need to get used to

It’s been nearly 3 years now since I’ve moved from Belgium to the United Kingdom. I wasn’t expecting any great difficulties: I knew the language, was familiar with British culture and absolutely loved the British sense of humour. Moving to the UK was going to be an easy ride, I thought. And while there were no big culture shocks, there were some things I wasn’t really prepared for. Come to think of it, I think I’m still not used to them. 1/ “Sorry, I’m British” It must be in Continue Reading

Life as an expat: the good, the bad and the ugly!

In March 2016, it’s been 3 years since I moved from Belgium to Northern Ireland. Although I like to think of myself as being “easily adaptable”, expat life hasn’t been and isn’t always easy. There are different phases every expat will go through and while the good definitely outweighs the bad, there are still a few things to consider. Expat life: the good! 1/ It broadens your mind Living in another country means living in a culture that is different from the one you were Continue Reading

The 5 stages of expat life

Expat: the word always sounded kind of “exotic” to me. I admired the people who dared to leave everything behind to start a new life abroad. It never really occurred to me to follow in their footsteps, but after 2 ½ years of being in a  long distance relationship, it looked like the expat life was coming my way… In March 2013 I said goodbye to my friends, my family and my job to start a new life in Northern Ireland. It has been a year with ups and downs. Looking back and talking to a few Continue Reading