So in the end…

After 3 months of blogging about moving to a new place it’s time to wrap my blog up. I’m heading back to California, and my time in Sunderland is coming to a close. The adjustment to life in a new country was hard but extremely rewarding. I learned a lot about different people and cultures. It taught me that patience isn’t just a virtue, but a necessity when you come to a new place. I hope that my first hand experiences of living and traveling have helped you. The one thing that I can’t stress enough is that you need to have a open mind. If you come to a new place with preconceived notions then adjusting it going to be all the more difficult.

I hope to be blogging again sometime in the future. But before I sign off, I have one last question, is anyone planning on moving to a new country in the coming months?

Published in: on May 14, 2010 at 11:20 am  Comments (2)  

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

If you’ve been reading my blog you can tell that while you’re adjusting to a new place, things are going to get stressful. It’s hard moving to a new place that has a different culture. Things that used to be easy, like going to the store or trying to call someone, can sometimes be a huge challenge. There’s no reason to get upset or frustrated with your situation, but rather take a deep breath and try see what the problem is. First off, if you’re trying to do something and it just isn’t working,  try the internet. The internet gives you a plethora of knowledge right at your finger tips. Make sure you go to reliable websites, but even websites like Yahoo! Answers offer some valuable information. After a few days things will get easier and after a few weeks you’ll feel like you’ve lived there your entire life.

My first few weeks in Sunderland were stress and frustrating. I didn’t have a phone or the internet so I couldn’t keep in contact with people. However, not actually having those two vital pieces of today’s technology taught me how to relax. After awhile Sunderland became home for me. I knew where to go to for food, electronics or just to have a good time. Obstacles arrive on a daily basis for people, but the obstacles always seemed bigger when you arrive to a foreign place. Just remember, next time you’re having a rough day adjusting just take a deep breath and try to relax.

Published in: on May 13, 2010 at 11:19 pm  Leave a Comment  

More Ash in Europe

More news from Iceland.

Looks like the volcanic ash from the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajokull has again effected Europe. Thousands are again stranded all over Europe. The countries effected are the UK, Ireland, Spain, Portugal and France. The effects are not nearly as bad as the initial eruption and subsequent week of turmoil, but still is doing some damage. UK flight officials in London have said the problems are minor, but they have seen some delays and cancellations. Ryan Air has again been affected because of its main hub in Ireland. For up to date information on whats happening check out the Guardian link, Fly safe everyone.

Published in: on May 8, 2010 at 6:42 pm  Comments (6)  

Mmm Mmm Food

Food can be another big cultural barrier, if you let it be. If you already have your mind-set on what you find appealing and what you find repulsive you might have a hard time moving to another culture. Generally speaking, if you move anywhere in the western world you should be alright with your choices of food. However, even similar cultures have different dishes. Not only restaurants, but going to grocery stores can also be different from what your used to.

The UK is similar to the US, but there still are differences when it comes to food. The US is known for its abundance of fast food wherever you go. You can’t go to far without seeing a number of different fast food places. However, contrary to popular belief, US doesn’t just have burger and pizza places but everything from Mexican to Thai. The variety of food is quite astounding. The grocery stores in the US are  much larger and offer more variety then those in the UK. That is the only real difference between the two, one offers more variety then the other.

The UK, famously known for fish and chips, doesn’t offer much variety in its food choices. Whether you go to the grocery store or looking for a quick bite to eat your choices are limited. Your options usually include a generic burger place like Burger King or McDonald’s, fish and chips, Indian food, or pizza. The variety might not be as large as the US, but the food quality doesn’t suffer. Having tasted fish and chips and Indian food in multiple places, both in the UK and US, the UK has seemingly won every time in a taste test. So keep in mind next time your going out in your new town, somethings are going to be different but that doesn’t mean there going to be worse.

Published in: on May 6, 2010 at 12:03 pm  Leave a Comment  

There She Blows!

Just a quick update on the latest from the volcano in Iceland.

All Flights in and out of Ireland have been suspended for today. Northern Ireland and Scottish airspace is supposed to be reopened at 1:00 PM. This is an ongoing problem that goes back over two and half weeks to the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland. After suspending all flights in and out of the UK and Ireland for a week the volcanic activity died down. Experts believe the eruption could continue for months, but they are hoping the worst is over for this volcano. Experts  believe that there is more trouble ahead for other Icelandic volcanoes.

Katla, the bigger sister volcano of  Eyjafjallajökull, is showing some signs of trouble ahead. If Eyjafjallajökull was a terrible for the EU, Katla would be a catastrophe. The fact that it is five times bigger and it has a history of erupting after Eyjafjallajökull. I will continue to update with the latest information. Fly safe!

Published in: on May 4, 2010 at 11:49 am  Comments (4)