Hi hi hi!
Moving abroad is hard. Plain and simple. You’re moving to a country different from your own, with different customs, different shops, different ways of life. And in most cases, it’s up to you to figure it all out. That’s not to say that it isn’t an incredibly, amazing, life-changing experience either. But some days you’ll wish you were home again hugging your parents and snuggling your puppies.
But, I have found that there are things to make it a bit easier.
First of all, I think its crucial to make the place you’re living in feel like home. Whether that means covering it in pictures, posters, or candles. Make is smell of home cooked food, fill the air with music, or anything else; It’s important to create a place for yourself that makes you feel comfortable and at home.
I used a combination of picture frames, marble and copper decorations, fuzzy blankets, cozy sheets, and lots of hot cocoa 🙂
Next, don’t be afraid to explore. It can be quite daunting to walk out the front door into a city unknown to you, but don’t be afraid! You can do it! And *when* you get lost, just ask for help! I repeatedly get lost and my biggest tip is to find the nearest coffee shop or deli and walk right up to the counter and ask where you are and how to get where you’re going.
Next, experience the culture. Even though it isn’t your own, I find that immersing yourself into another culture still feels like home. Drink the local teas and eat the local delicacies. Listen to the stories of the little old man who works at the grocery store down the road, attend a local church service, you’re guaranteed to learn a thing or two.
I hope these little tips help some of you out; and if anyone else who has lived abroad has any other tips please share!