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Cathy: Wandering Sheila

In our InterNations Recommended Blog section we let you take the spotlight! Expat life in general is, of course, a perfect breeding ground for great, user-generated reads, and life in the UK makes no exception. Take your time and browse the great blogs showcased in this article!

Please tell us a little bit about yourself. Who you are, where you come from, when you moved to Great Britain, etc.

I’m a 36 year old Australian who first moved to Great Britain in 1999. I was based here during that year, but by the end of it I had moved to Italy. In mid 2001 I moved to Australia for 5 years. Then in mid 2006 I moved back to Italy. In May 2012 I moved to the UK.

When and why did you decide to start blogging about your experiences?

I first started blogging in 2008. My two current blogs both have their own domain names. I guess in a way I like to blog about it to keep a written record and to share my experiences with friends, family and other people who may be interested. I’ve only just started my blog about life in England, so I am bursting with ideas.

Do you have any favorite blog entries of yours? Please add the URL as well.

This is my first blog post as it is a new blog.

Tell us about the ways your new life in Great Britain differs from that back home. Did you have trouble getting used to the new circumstances? Did you experience culture shock?

Hard to say at the moment. The medical practice I have signed up to is larger. The weather will take some getting used to. I am enjoying the ease of communication in my mother tongue after 6 years in Italy. No culture shock as it is my second time here.

Do you think you were fully prepared for what awaited you in Great Britain? If you could, would you change some decisions/preparations you made?

Yes I do, generally speaking. Perhaps moved 12 months earlier.

Every expat knows that expat life comes with some hilarious anecdotes and funny experiences. Care to share one with us?

Taking our daughter to her new school and her new classmates being impressed that she had been living in Italy.

Which three tips would you like to give future expats before they embark on their new life in Great Britain?

Do a little research into the area. Finding work is hard. Often I believe expats get secondment posts so that is different to my experience.

How is the expat community in Great Britain? Did you have a hard time finding like-minded people or fellow expats?

I’ve yet to meet some expats, but from past experience I know it is also important to mingle with locals.

How would you summarize your expat life in Great Britain in a single, catchy sentence?

Aussie expat breathes a sigh of relief at the ease in which most tasks can be achieved in Great Britain.

Jan-Peter van Tijk

"I wish I'd found InterNations sooner: It would have made my first few month as an expat in London much less overwhelming."

Therese Yeboah

"For me, the InterNations events are the best part. I attend almost every get-together and always get to know lots of friendly fellow expats."

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