Living in the mountains opens up many new opportunities, and mountain biking has been one of them. It’s not even two months since my first proper mountain bike arrived, and I’m already in too deep. I have always loved cycling, but I could never imagine I could be so enthused by conquering trails on two wheels. Continue reading “From The First Pedal Strokes To The First Crash”
To ever see Matterhorn with my own eyes seemed quite unreal. But, to be fair, living in the Swiss Alps – even more so. That would have been something unthinkable years ago. But hey, I’m here now. Therefore, living less than a 3-hour drive away from Zermatt was a reason good enough to finally go visit Zermatt and see the beast that Matterhorn is. And so we did! Continue reading “Day Trip to Zermatt”
When I think about it – I now live in Switzerland! – I still can’t quite believe it. If anything, this can definitely be called a dream come true for me. But how did I end up in my dream country? What did it take to make it happen? Continue reading “Moving Countries, Second Time Around”
There are several reasons why people choose to live abroad. For some it’s better job opportunities, for some it’s itchy feet and adventurous spirit that drives them to make this step, while others move their lives to other countries to be with their families or loved ones. However, I don’t think there are any who have done that solely for the reason to become smarter. But, as it turns out, that’s one of the benefits all expats can enjoy. Let me talk you through the specific skills! Continue reading “7 Ways How Living Abroad Can Make You Smarter”
It’s been nearly 10 months since I first started my new job in Manchester, and for some reason, I’ve been putting this post off for months now. Yes, it’s time to look back and reflect. What challenges am I facing as a foreigner, how have I adapted, and what have I learned, and what’s in store for me in the future… Read on if you want to know all the answers! Continue reading “My Work Experience So Far”
In a post a couple of weeks ago I shared my experience with the cultural adjustment process and its four stages, one of which is the culture shock. I think I’ve been quite lucky as I haven’t had the taste of a culture shock while living in the UK. However, whenever I’ve had the chance to go back home to Latvia, I have experienced a thing called reverse culture shock. What kind of beast is that?
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I’ve been living in Manchester for seven months now, and since I landed a job I have stopped sharing my experience about the practicalities that each expat must encounter when moving to UK and setting up a new life. However, I want to live up to my promises and would love to help with some advice. This time – what it takes to open up a bank account in the UK. Continue reading “Opening A Bank Account In The UK”
I have now been living in England for seven months, and if the theory is correct, I should be experiencing a culture shock or trying to get over it. It means that I should be frustrated, struggling and constantly anxious while trying to adjust and fit into the new environment. Nope, that hasn’t happened and doesn’t seem to be happening! Honestly, I have not felt the slightest hints of a culture shock so far. But what have I experienced?
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One of the things that makes me frustrated so many times is the English language. Don’t get me wrong – I love it, and I love the fact that I am lucky to have learned it and it allows me to live in Manchester, however… sometimes it’s more like “love-hate” relationship. How come? Well, let me explain.
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I still remember that day, I think it was late November. I was sat at my desk at work trying to crack on with my to-do list, one month in the job. And suddenly this realisation hit me – “Damn! This sh*t is real! I’m in Manchester, having a proper job, I have actually started a new life.” Yes, it took that long for the whole idea to sink in. And it scared me! Five months in now, has anything changed? Continue reading “And The Sh*t Got Real… Five Months In!”