In 2017, I came to Portugal for a longer time. I was not a tourist anymore, I was building a life – my studies, gym, friends, groceries – in a new place. Yes, new because I’ve never lived in Portugal. Staying in the country longer than 2 week was an interesting and controversial experience. Though I felt ready for Portugal, yet I faced a cultural shock with positive and negative sides. I was surrounded by friendly talkative people, which was a big difference from the place I lived before. Small talk was everywhere. Everyone was politely curious about me. I had support from all the corners, and my friends helped me to cope with problems which occur no matter where you live. I was not anymore on my own.
Yet, I was very closed. After 2 months in the country, I still was not sure if I made the right choice to come there. There were down moments and unpleasant discoveries; however, it all normalised in the end.
Gradually, I got a proper routine -studies, trips, ocean, gym, going-outs. Surprisingly, I had time for everything, the quality which I learned from Portuguese people. I became a proactive and confident person. I learned a lot, something you can never acquire at the university, but living in a different country…
Do you have experience in a different country? How did it feel? What did you like about it? And what was shockingly bad? And where would you go to for a month or two?