There has been a lovely tag going around recently called ‘The Expat Tag’ where expat bloggers around the world are sharing their answers to the same 10 questions. Its a great way to share a real insight into what expat life is like all around the world!
Ive been tagged by Adventures Of A Jersey Girl and by Wandermustfamily thanks ladies for the tag! I have to say, that normally, I am terrible at keeping up with tags and things. But, I really liked the idea of this one, plus I’m on a ‘be a super organised blogger’ mission right now!
So, here are my answers to the 10 expat tag questions! Hope you enjoy 🙂
1. Where were you born, where did you grow up and where do you currently live?
I was born in Wales, UK. I lived there until I was about 6 and then moved to Plymouth in the South West of England and stayed there until I was 17. At 17 I moved to San Diego California with my Mum, Dad and Brother for a military posting for around 2 and a half years. After that I went back to Plymouth for University, that’s where I met Mark. We moved to Seychelles together in 2012 and have been here for almost 5 years now!
2. What made you leave your home country?
Having lived abroad for a couple years already, I knew that I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life living in the UK. Mark is a teacher and was working just ridiculous hours. He definitely needed a better work/life balance. We also knew we wanted to start a family at some point, and that we wanted to raise our kids somewhere abroad. We started to look for teaching jobs abroad for Mark as that seemed like the best, and most straightforward way for us to be able to move.
3. What type of reactions do you get when you meet new people and tell them where you are from?
When we tell people we live in Seychelles there tends to be one of these reactions:
- You live in Paradise! You are so lucky!
- Where is that? (I’ll admit, I didn’t know where it was until Mark got the interview for the job!!)
4. What was the easiest/hardest part in adjusting to your new country?
The hardest part was how terrible the internet was! Coming from the UK and having unlimited internet at home and pretty much free wifi everywhere, it was so tough to get used to having only 9GB a month! It was really expensive too! Thankfully, it has improved in the 5 years we have been here but its still no where near unlimited and we would love to be able to call home more often than we can.
The easiest part for us was that we came out with a group of other people. There were 4 other new teachers starting at the school the same time as Mark.So, we had each other to lean on for support, and to bounce excitement, frustrations, fears and everything else that comes with moving to a new country off each other! Of course, moving to a beautiful country didn’t hurt in making the transition easy too!
5. Images, words, or sounds that sum up the expat experience you’ve had so far
5 years have gone by in a blur, i feel like we arrived, had kids and are now a family all in 5 minutes!! So here is our first glimpse of our new island home Praslin, arriving on the inter island flight from Mahe island,
Me just before my c-section with Arthur!
Finally, here is us pretty much as we are now….This was taken on Christmas day 2016 on the beach near our house!
6. Your favourite food or drink item in your new country?
My favourite local food is without doubt grilled fish, especially Red Snapper. Always super fresh and locally caught, you really can’t beat it! People that know me, know how weird it is for me to say that. I never ate fish before we moved to Seychelles. When we moved here, we really didn’t get much information about the place at all. We genuinely bought fishing rod out thinking we were going to be having to go fishing for our dinner every night! We were over the moon when we went to the shop and found some frozen chicken and minced beef!!!
7. What is the one thing you said “yes” to in your new city that you wouldn’t say “yes” to back home?
Aside from eating fish, seriously that was a big deal for me!! I guess
8. Are there any cultural norms/phrases in your new country which you can not stand?
The thing that annoys me the most, is also something that I really love about Seychelles. I know, that’s weird! But it is that EVERYTHING closes at midday on Saturday and all day on Sunday! Even on weekdays the banks close at 2pm! It can be frustrating getting things done here, there are no direct debits or online payments for things. But, as I said, I do also love that about Seychelles. It means that there’s no waiting on the phone for hours to speak to a call centre. If you have a problem with something, you go to the right people and get it sorted. That of course, becomes easier the longer you are here and the more people you know!
9. What do you most enjoy doing in your new country?
Without doubt my favourite thing is being out as a family. It always reaffirms why we moved here! To have a great outdoors life with our children!
10. Do you think you will ever move home for good?
Honestly, as much as it will upset my parents and mark’s to read this, I can’t see it. I would be foolish to say that we will definitely not go back, because who knows what the future holds. Right now, the Seychelles feels like home to us. Its a lovely place to raise kids in a relaxed outdoors lifestyle, that is exactly what we wanted when we had kids. I don’t think we will necessarily be in Seychelles forever, but again who knows!?
So that’s it for my expat tag! I hope you enjoyed! Because i’ve been a little slow on the uptake of this, I tag any expats that want to join in that haven’t already!!!