20 Things No One Told You About Moving Overseas

I think about all of these apply.. but here’s some specifics #1 Pizza Hut also I know it’s not a restaurant but peanut butter!!! #10 Not only did I get stared at, but I got my hair pulled because people didn’t believe my blonde hair was real. I also got asked to take my color contacts out for immigration so they could take an airport photo? Hello, my blue grey eyes are real #11 I may not fully grasp the culture, but I learned a lot. At first I was offended when people talked about me when I was standing there, but didn’t talk directly to me. I thought it was rude and that they did it because they thought I couldn’t understand them. After living in Honduras for three years I realized that it was a cultural thing and they do it to everyone. #13 I was in Honduras when the president got ousted and headed to the capitol. My friends called me and told me the electricity had been cut all over Tegus and to turn around because it wasn’t safe. #15 I’ve been in several houses both big and small that were completely taken over by ants. It reminded me of Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. #19 My best friends are still in Honduras. I learned to point with my lips. Apparently I can’t unlearn that. My mom says I look ridiculous and gets on to me every time I do it. I feel like there should be an article about moving back to the US and the culture shock you deal with for years even though no one understands. People don’t think about that. Everything that was once normal becomes foreign. Everything and everyone seem wasteful. No one understands what it’s like to live in a little adobe room with a dirt floor or take a shower in something built with sticks and tarp… and they would never understand if you told them that you miss it.

Beware the Comfort Zone!

One of the more popular comments we get from people about living overseas is “You are so lucky! You are living my dream! What an incredible way to live!”. They’re right, it’s pretty darn amazing. When we made the decision to move to the Philippines, we knew there would be issues, inconveniences, and life would be far from perfect, but all that was glazed over by the (mostly self-imposed) promise of adventure and life-altering experiences in store. At about six months, the rose colored glasses began to come off, and reality set in. While venting with a fellow foreigner who has been here for several years on a rough day, we asked, “why didn’t you warn us about this?”, and his reply was, “I knew if I told you, you probably wouldn’t come!”. Awesome. Now I know that people probably don’t intentionally withhold information, a lot of it can be…

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