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Things I should have known before moving to Croatia
Living in a foreign country
Don't ignore learning about a foreign country before you decide to move away from your hometown!
The idea of moving to a foreign country sounds exciting.
You don't think of how everything else will affect you once you move there.
In the moment it all feels happy and as an adventure.
Time has gone by so fast and I sometimes wonder why so far away from home?
Home is far and where the heart is, but you can make your home where ever you are comfortable.
I didn't know much when I picked up and moved away from my country.
I am not sorry I made that decision it didn't feel right not knowing of Croatia.
The two weeks spent at a family home was a nice experience.
At that time nothing felt permanent. The holiday feelings were full on and I went with the flow. Enjoying each day and the peace of the countryside made me feel happy.
The beautiful views and different environment improved my thoughts in the daily activities that I witnessed.
People were friendly and every day felt as another adventure as from the day before.
The moment we stepped out of that zone of comfort reality sunk in when we had to search for an apartment, and everything just felt difficult.
Most apartments are rented out in the summer and in the winter a few apartments are not in use. We had a good offer to stay for a week at a local friend's place.
Staying with family didn't make the moment feel difficult.
Searching for an apartment was easy for the first time.
An apartment in Cavtat for a week was a good idea to love close to the pebble beach, and it was a new adventure again.
If you don't know anyone in a foreign country then finding an apartment can be a rip off to have paid full price.
I had no idea where to start not knowing the language.
Communication was most difficult as back then, there weren't many people speaking the English language.
I should have learned the language before my move to Croatia. The basic words are easier to grasp if you are for it.
To make new friends in a foreign country you need to be open-minded.
Be able to communicate in that foreign language and enjoy the moment.
Show your strengths and less of your weaknesses.
You don't have to forget about your life back home keep that in your focus.
It is easy to get lonely and feel depressed.
Be patient and develop new friendships.
Make time for chats with your family back home.
Don't be that snob now that you are in a new country.
I remained the same and have kept in touch with my family and not a snob.
I don't want to be arrogant and don't advice anyone to be that way.
I learned to be part of a new culture and to meet the different people.
Culture brought on a new me.
It is expensive to live in Croatia something you should know about any country before you decide to pack your bags and leave home.
Economy and job opportunities should be a focus.
How do you adapt and how do you live in a foreign country?
Meet people and be financially secure.
Learn about opening your own business.
Be able to connect with each other.
Life may not be easy in both countries but you have a choice and your decisions made shows for that.
I immersed myself into a different culture and learned lots about the local people.
The learning experience allowed me to be more positive and confident.
Meeting the many different people showed me how important it is to embrace each day.
I didn't pay attention to anything but my own life in South Africa. It is normal to be that way.
When you decide to move away that is the hardest part, and to accept another life and to feel as if you have lost your own along the way is another chapter to be re-opened.
Surviving in a foreign country has improved my communication in the Croatian language and this can be in any foreign country. To learn the language is most important and everything else will work out once you figured out how to communicate.
Place of stay, to become familiar with laws in a new country, where to eat, and to make note of the local restaurants, and to know where to shop.
People leave their hometowns and feel the need to live elsewhere for new job opportunities or for better medical care. I moved to Croatia because of marriage.
Climate is another issue for moving away from your town.
The cost of living is cheaper else where than in your country.
No matter what the reason for you leaving home it is a must to do a thorough research of that foreign country.
The things I should have known of before moving to Croatia shocked me and slowed the learning process in the language and in my communication.
I didn't know so that put me back a lot in adapting to my new lifestyle.
The choice I made did affect me for a while I got over that after speaking the language.
It is important to be able to communicate.
Expressions are different in a foreign country.
The simple conversation can feel most difficult if you don't know how to communicate in the basic words of a foreign language.
Learn about taxes, insurance and of government issues.
Are you safe in a foreign country?
Feel safe and be safe.
I know I am safe in my haven.
Where to buy your new place and how to work out payment?
Get familiar with the local people and their habits.
What works best for you?
Self-employment or working for a valuable company.
Sometimes your finances can run out fast because what you anticipated about the cost of living did not go as planned.
Don't live beyond your means learn the ropes of how to earn and save cash.
It is a great adjustment in a new country.
Mistakes are made but you need to avoid making the same mistakes over and over again.
Plan and see what works for you.
You shouldn't expect everything to be the same as it is or was at home. In a foreign country you must learn how to make adjustments.
Think about costs of visas.
Temporary residence and thereafter permanent residence
Avoid unnecessary expenses.
I learned how to live in Croatia and don't have a problem with the language.
Living far away from home for different reasons is not the same for everyone.
Life goes on and you tend to see that as you get older.
People enjoy what they see and have in a foreign country.
I dove in and learned to swim faster than I had expected.
Living in different parts of the world and learning what is good for me each day.
I know my life will never the same again.
The changes and challenges have shown me that.
The reality of life is what I tried to make for me and can't change how I came to Croatia. It is up to me make my life happy and with good people.
How others look at my lifestyle doesn't bother me.
It is how they look at themselves before judging my life is what is important.
Lessons are learned daily.
The disadvantages shouldn't bother you in a foreign country because you have the same back home.
I know I am no longer a stranger in the small community but I will always be a foreigner.
It is a difference at heart.
I heard of positive and negative feedback that didn't make me any less happy.
There are all types of people in this world and being a foreigner in my case, does make me special.
Would you leave your hometown to live in a Foreign country?
My life and my expereinces
© 2016 Devika Primić