People back home ask us what’s different than we expected. Nothing, really.
We’ve learned a lot, though.
We’ve learned that paperwork takes time. And multiple trips to multiple offices. And prepayment of fees at the bank.
We’ve learned that a smile and a positive attitude go a long way toward communication.
We’ve learned to shop for just what we can carry.
We’ve learned to appreciate fresh foods that actually have taste.
We’ve learned to slow down and enjoy meals. No more 20-minute lunches.
We’ve learned to just chill at the beach and watch the waves – and the people.
We’ve learned to spend all afternoon – or evening – nursing a drink.
We’ve learned that ex-pats – no matter where they’re from – automatically have enough in common to become friends fast.