Expat life-Pro’s and Con’s


What I miss about Canada:

  • My family
  • My friends
  • Mini-marshmallows
  • English TV
  • Enormous Bookstores
  • 24 hour shopping
  • Reasonably  priced anything!
  • Walmart
  • Tim Horton’s steeped tea and maple donuts

What I love about Italy:

  • The sea
  • The mountains
  • The food
  • The wine
  • The language
  • The weather
  • The sound of church bells
  • The landscape
  • The architecture
  • My job

I recently read Jessica’s blog (too tall for italy) about what living abroad can teach you about yourself. I think a lot of people think that the grass is always greener on the other side and although I have a lot in my life to be thankful for, I don’t believe for a moment that if I had stayed in Canada that my life would be any worse or better.

Before I left Canada 9 years ago I was searching for a huge change in my life only to mend a broken heart. At the time I didn’t plan to be gone this long. I was thinking more like 6 months should do the trick! Now I look back in awe thinking I can’t believe I have not lived in Canada for 9 years!

When I first arrived in the Cayman islands I thought to myself why would anyone ever want to leave this beautiful place? And yet, 2 years later I did. When I started sailing I hated it at first. I missed Cayman and wanted to go back as soon as I could but something pushed me forward to give ships a second chance and much to my own surprise I stayed at it for 5 years and I also met my current husband.

Now I am in Italy. This time I am married and so there is certainly more of a permanent stigma attached to this newest change in my life. Not that I am stuck here because my husband still works on ships, but life is supposed to theoretically  be easier for us if I live here instead of Canada…but as any Expat will tell you, if it were that easy everyone would be doing it!

The pro’s and con’s list can get pretty darn long. It has been incredibly frustrating living here sometimes and lately I’ve had to remind myself of all the good things about Italy and why I chose to live here instead of going back to that familiar place called “home”.

It’s a good thing I have inherited my dad’s stubborn Russian heart otherwise I probably would have packed up this Expat lifestyle a long time ago. Call me crazy, but anything worth having is worth fighting for…so for now, I will get my fill of marshmallows and family on my vacations and keep my fingers crossed that life will get easier here too once I get the hang of it. It will just take a bit longer than I had expected, but then again 9 years of this Nomadic life and I think realistically that this is just the way life is! Change, I’ve learned, is inevitable no matter whether you are standing still and chasing your dreams.

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About lmarmstrong66

I'm a blogger, painter, writer, singer. For the love of all things in nature and creativity.
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One Response to Expat life-Pro’s and Con’s

  1. eloradaphne says:

    The sound of churchbells is fantastic…except when they wake you up at 630 am on a SUNDAY!!!! 🙂

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