Dedicated to providing you with credible information about living overseas
Best Places In The World To Retire Expat Stories contains text, video, and photos by people just like you who are already living abroad

Expat Stories

Search by Writer

Stories Menu

The Greatest Lessons Learned By Living Abroad

My family and I moved to Central American in 2000 with the idea of blue skies and sunshine.  Never heard of culture shock, never imagined or dreamed there would be a problem adjusting to our surroundings because everything we had read said that we would LOVE it!!!  Much to our dismay, all that we had read was not exactly accurate. While my husband was in an office that had to speak English and my boys were immersed in football where they didn't care what language was spoken, my daughter and I were having a very hard time coping with the changes brought on by living in a country much different from our own.

It took us almost 2 years, and I have heard that this is the magic number.  If you make it 2 years you are over the hump.  I don't know what happened after that 1 1/2 - 2 year mark, but we both changed.  We both began to love the country. Maybe it had something to do with the fact that we were learning more Spanish and appreciating the culture. Maybe it was because I stopped questioning the reasoning for why the natives of the country did what they did.  It never made sense to me anyway because they didn't do things the way people at home did so I just started accepting things for the way they were.

We stopped, or I stopped, being so judgmental and cynical about things. The transformation that came about in us, especially me was incredible.  I really was not a believer that someone can change until I did it myself in such a large way.

 I am a better person for having lived in Central America.  I prefer, as aggravating as it is, to do business with these people than to do business with North Americans.  Now that I don't live in the country full time, my Spanish suffers and I don't drive as bad as I used to, but I still appreciate the valuable lessons that I learned.

My children will always remember the time they spent and the values they learned by living in a country where family comes first. Not everyone is blessed enough to live this experience.  If you are, thank God everyday and tell your friends how thankful you truly are!

Posted in  Best Things About Moving Abroad
Contribute Your Story

Go Here Next

 
Best Places In The World To Retire Expat Stories contains text, video, and photos by people just like you who are already living abroadUse the menu on this page to go to categories of Stories.
Best Places In The World To Retire Community Questions and Answers about living and retiring abroadUse the menu on this page to go to other categories of questions.
The Best Places In The World To Retire Location Advisor makes personalized recommendations for where to live and retire overseasGet matched to your ideal location to live abroad.
Best Places In The World To Retire Community Questions and Answers about living and retiring abroadAnswers about living, working or visiting abroad.
Best Places In The World To Retire Expat Stories contains text, video, and photos by people just like you who are already living abroadStories by expats & others about their life aborad.
Best Places In The World To Retire - MarketplaceFind for profit, non-profit and religious organizations.
 

Our Pledge To You

Best Places will present information from the Community in a transparent way, unedited, except to conform with our Conditions of Use.

You can trust that Best Places does not manipulate content to sell you anything. All opinions in the Community Q & A and Expat Stories are those of its authors, not Best Places.

Get Known To The Community

Those who contribute to the Best Places Community are our heroes! And being a Best Places hero is fast, fun, and easy. Just go to Questions & Answers, find your first question to answer, click on it, and then click the Contribute Your Answer To This Question Button. If you’d rather enter a Story, go to Expat Stories and click the Contribute Your Story Button".

Contact/Support

Please contact us. We would love to hear from you! Customer Service
Technical Support
Business Development
Suggestions
Press
Phone: (US) 520-940-0481