Living abroad

Living abroad & experiencing culture

Moving abroad always involves some kind of culture shock. No matter if your are moving to a country with the same language or your moved for the 5th times: moving always involves giving up our well-known safe space and start the wonderful journey to something unknown. Find all the blog posts I have written on the topic of moving and living abroad connected to other cultures and lifestyles. If you are living abroad and want to share you life with us please feel free to send me an email to info@sharethelove.blog to be featured. 

Coping with Culture Shock

THE EXPAT SYNDROME AND IT’S BEST MEDICINE

What to do when feeling overwhelmed with the foreign culture and homesickness is real. 

THE 5 PHASES OF CULTURE SHOCK AND HOW TO GET THROUGH SMOOTHLY

I share my personal experience in addition to the official concept of the 5 phases of culture shock when moving abroad. 

WHAT TO DO WHEN FEELING GRUMPY ABROAD

All tips & tricks you need to feel more comfortable abroad even when everything seems to go wrong. 

coping with culture shock

THE EXPAT SYNDROME AND IT’S BEST MEDICINE

What to do when feeling overwhelmed with the foreign culture and homesickness is real. 

THE 5 PHASES OF CULTURE SHOCK AND HOW TO GET THROUGH SMOOTHLY

I share my personal experience in addition to the official concept of the 5 phases of culture shock when moving abroad. 

WHAT TO DO WHEN FEELING GRUMPY ABROAD

All tips & tricks you need to feel more comfortable abroad even when everything seems to go wrong. 

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german city, culture, us

20 cultural difference you rather feel than can explain

Each country has its smell, taste and smaller habits that you can feel more than explain. When you are living abroad, and you are coming home for Christmas, this is a perfect opportunity to explore your own culture with new eyes. You will recognize differences you have not been aware before moving abroad. Here is my selection of 20 typical Germans things that caught my attention after living in the US.

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expat syndrom, girl running

The Expat Syndrom and its best medicine

Especially new Expats are struggling with the so-called Expat syndrome: We tend to see only the negative parts of the new culture we are living in and praise our own culture from back home. It is human and does not define your character. It’s more of a coping strategy of the human brain for an overload of uncertainty and new beginnings. However, this attitude won’t make you happy when living abroad.

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Where are you coming from?

Recently, I discovered something amusing about the way Americans introduce themselves to me.
When talking with Americans, I often hear them saying “Oh, I am also German/Italian/Dutch…”
Read my latest Monday Thoughts.

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icecream, culture, us, europe, differences

Too stupid to order ice cream in the US?

When you move abroad it is often the smaller things in daily life that remind you that you are living outside your known culture. One occasion this week has been ordering ice-cream. The bewildered faces of both, the ice-cream seller and me, would have been ready for stage 🙂 So why is ordering icecream so tricky in the US?

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home, lifestyle, expat

Where is home?

Being in three different countries over the last couple of days I got inspired by the question of “Where is home”. Here is my point of view on this topic and I would love to learn more about your opinion.

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