Those of you expats living in Poland, you know it can be a just a bit of a challenge living here! I can see how some people can be just miserable here and I had one friend who lived here for 3 months and then said she had enough and moved away even before her last box was unpacked.
But I try to look on the bright side of everything and here in Poland that at times can be quite challenging!! So I every once and a while I have to surround myself others going through the same struggles that I am, just trying to keep my sanity!
Every few weeks or so, I meet up with the other US wives from my husbands job for a coffee morning of chatting. Well a few weeks ago Groupon, had a GREAT deal for fondue and coffee/tea at my favorite coffee shop here in Bydgoszcz, Beyrouth Cafe! I hadn’t hosted a coffee morning yet so I quickly got a deal for my turn.
Well after talking for about 2 hours, a few of us still there were starting to hungry so we ordered a small bite to eat. We couldn’t decide what we wanted so we split 2 of the most interesting items on the menu!
Days like this remind me that I am human that we all have our struggles and challenges in life no matter where we live. That we have to make the best with what cards we are dealt with in life. I for the most part learned that afternoon that I play a good hand with what I have been dealt with here in Poland from the other ladies.
One of them asked me how I do it, be so perky and positive about living here? Well the answer is easy! I am in control of my misery or happiness! There are a lot things that are just out my control here in Poland…language barrier, government politics, cultural norms and the lack of American conveniences. But then again I am living in Europe, my husband has a job that puts a roof over our head and food on the table, I learning more about other cultures than I could have ever dreamed and most importantly, I have family and friends that I love who surround me during the rough times!
So to the ladies of my husbands work(I know you all are reading this!) Thanks for the GREAT support network we have built for each other the last few months!!!
If you had to move to a foreign country what do you think would be your hardest challenge(language barrier not included)? Me, is learning the cultural norms.