The Struggles of Moving and Living Abroad

Some would say I have sufficient experience in moving and living abroad, some would say I have an awful lot. I have lived abroad for the past 8/9 years! In just 2 countries but with 2 very different experiences. Yes I moved both times for a job but the differences are vast. In Romania I moved directly for the job having been there overnight the week before for the audition, it was only every meant to be temporary. I had a glass roof there regarding the country, my prospects and salary. In Germany I was around and had visited a lot (not foreseeing I would be living and working there), it has the prospect of being more permanent, and as for the glass ceiling, there isn't one. I have more quality of life, prospects and possibilities than I could ever need (perhaps more than my home country). More compare and contrast later!

1. Moving your ishhh.

To move your life to another country is a mission in itself you think it's hard when you're 18 and you're deciding which 6 hoodies to pack but it only gets harder. Cutting back on your sentimental possessions can be really hard especially if you've started putting together bits of a home elsewhere. Favourite mugs, bedding and home wear trinkets take a serious hit. Then you have the challenge when every time you fly home you take an empty suitcase and fly back with it full, you end up with x3 the amount of possessions than you do suitcases. It's not the move to make if you're a hoarder.

2. The language barrier.

Anybody who has lived in another country would say language and culture are the biggest barriers. Humans are creatures of habit and we are often set in our ways however much we like new experiences. My first days working in Romania were very different to my first here in Germany. When I arrived at the company there, there was a very low percentage of foreign dancers. This was being thrown into the deep end which is without a doubt the quickest way to get hold of a language, to have no option. Whereas here in Germany we only have 2 German dancers in the company so our day-to-day is almost entirely in English. Certainly sounds the easy route but then it's up to you to educate yourself, much harder! If you want to be able to order a drink or book an appointment, google translate doesn't always cut the mustard.

3. Meeting People

This kind of follows on from the language point. Meeting people is hard at the best of times but if there's a language barrier and cultural differences it's a whole other ball game. Again, Google translate can seriously squee the context of your Tinder messages! Even if one party is relatively fluent, humour, context and dialects can all significantly hinder things.

4. Systems and Infrastructure

As we are not taught ANY of these things in school you can only imagine what it's like navigating taxes, banking, contracts in another county. Now this wasn't an issue in Romania because my salary didn't cover flights home let alone needing a mortgage for a property, but in Germany, the infrastructure is vastly advanced and so very confusing when you don't have the systems down in your home country let alone when you can just about book a dentist appointment in German.

5. Future Life Decisions

Moving abroad can open many doors but it can also conjure up a ton of questions. Like I said before we are creatures of habit so as soon as you start setting up your life in another country, what does that mean for your old life back home or your future life? By the time you start investing in your future, whether that's property and putting down roots or relationships, you almost need to have those questions answered to the best of your ability or you might come a cropper later on. However much I love living in Germany and can see all the benefits that far out-way living in the UK, I'm almost certain I'll end up back there.

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