@The Pentacle Queen,
The main challenges for me were the small things. I knew living in another country was goingto be different than in my own, but it was small differences rather than the big ones that suprised me.
The way I should not move my hands, the way people hold knife and fork, the way they eat. How to serve wine and when to drink it. When to say thank you and not say thank you.
I have gone both alone and with my husband.
I have enjoyed many aspects by living in a new country, learning language, teaaching language, meeting new people, making friends, getting to know another country and learn about how other people think and live.
You get to know yourself in another way than if you live in your own country.
You sometimes don´t agree at all with how people in your new country see certain things and then when you discuss it with your cuntrymen you realize they see things just like you do and it is so different from what the people in your host country see things.
You want to be polite and sometimes it is rather difficult when people who never have been to your country or just for a short vacation tells you all kind of things about your country which are wrong or just mistunderstood, because they don´t know enough. I sometimes just feel like screaming but all I do is more or less listen and give up.
Of course it was worth while.
One problem is when you return to your own country you are kind of a foreigner in your own country and own language.