Moving Across The World

All in all, moving countries is great. There will be an adjustment period, but you’ll be alright, 5/5 would recommend to family and friends.

Hello good people of the Internet,

I woke up one morning to a dimly lit room, so I knew it was early, I rolled around for a little trying to encourage my body to fall back asleep. Eventually, I gave up and I asked Alexa (Google’s voice controlled device) what time it was. She said

‘The time is 5.02 am’.

I woke up, used the bathroom and decided to clean it. No idea why, but I had the motivation.

How is this relevant to moving across the world? It’s not. Not directly at least. But, keep reading if you want to see how this lead to be thinking about my journey across the world.

-Got up at 5.02 am, UK time. I saw some notifications on my phone from Internet people who live in NZ. I briefly thought about the time difference.
– Went to the bathroom and cleaned it.
-Worked from home. Fast forward to my evening shower.
-In the shower I was pondering what to write for my post this week, while singing ‘How Far I’ll go‘ by Moana (a movie I have never seen and a song I only ish know).
– And it hit me, literally. I thought

The water in England is hard.

– For context, the water in NZ is soft and in this moment I missed my showers in NZ. It felt…nice.
-I moved across the world like Moana and her people travelled across the sea… Or something… I dunno, I haven’t seen the movie.

Alas, this is how today’s topic came up.

For context, this is my journey so far TAIWAN ⇒ NEW ZEALAND ⇒ UNITED KINGDOM

I will be focusing on the NZ to UK travel as I was 15 and could actually remember how I came to this foreign land.

When people hear my accent, I can see the their brains working trying to place the accent. Some ask outright where my accent is from, other people are too afraid to ask and when it comes up naturally in conversation it’s a ‘Oh, that’s where you’re from, I was trying to place the accent!’

This follows with the normal questions of, when did you move here, why did you move here, did your family come across, do you go back often, do you miss it, and we’re you afraid to move so far?

Answers

  • When I was 15.
  • Better job prospects for parents and better universities for me.
  • Yes, it’s just me and my parents.
  • Nope, I haven’t been back since I moved here.
  • Do I miss it? I’ve come to miss some aspects, but on a whole, no I’m OK. My upbringing of moving around a lot and my personality is such that I don’t get attached to places nor do I feel a strong belonging to a location. I do miss aspects of NZ culture, NZ minced pie, lift+, the chilled out culture.
  • Afraid to me move? No.

I know moving across to the other side of the world at that age is both common and uncommon. In other words, it’s common enough for it to not be unique, weird or unheard of… But uncommon enough for people to be curious.

I was 15 years old when we moved. Old enough to understand the dangerous of the world, but young enough to not be afraid. So no, I was not afraid. I was excited. I saw it as something new, an adventure. To be honest, I like to move…When I get bored of a place, I get bored with life and when I’m bored with life… I’m not satisfied. Not to say that I’m unhappy, I’ll just be searching for a change. I’m sure many of you out there understand this feeling.

Before we moved to the UK, my Dad was sent here on a business trip. A year later we moved. My Mother and I had never stepped foot in the UK or anywhere near Europe… We basically just picked up our lives and moved. It was outstanding.

First day in London, it was a mediocre-like warm August day, and I was so drunk on jet lag that I don’t remember much. I know there was some sort of parade, street festival party thing going on… But I do remember thinking, “woah a British accent.. Just woah”. It was very surreal to me that the UK was actually real and that we were actually here… Before this, I knew it was a real place (duh), but you have to understand, it was on THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD. It was more of concept to me, a place I’d heard of and knew of its existence, but it wasn’t real in my world. Until we stepped off the plane.

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The following week I started high school. Now high school is a challenge socially wherever you are in the world, I certainly faced challenges being the foreign kid who was essentially ‘fresh off the boat’ and didn’t understand a thing about British culture.

Back to the first day of school, it was Math class, our teacher did a crossword puzzle for fun. One of the questions was, ‘emergency services number‘… And I said in class, ‘sir I don’t know what the number is in this country, I’ve only been here a couple days‘. My class looked at me as if I was the most moronic person in the world… Then a female student asked what the emergency number in NZ is. I said 111.

They looked at me again confused and said… ‘That’s so weird‘ and almost all the girls started giggling and exchanging looks. All of whom, I immediately took a disliking to. A lot of the questions were very British-related. If Google did not exist, I would not have been able to complete the crossword. I felt very foreign when doing this crossword.

It did take a few months to get over the culture shock, I felt like a pet fish that was thrown into a new tank of water without being allowed to acclimate to its environment.

Even though NZ is an English speaking country, the way Kiwi’s use English is different to the Brits. Even now I’m not 100% fluent in local British English, and it doesn’t help that I’ve moved around England in the years I’ve been here – if you’re unfamiliar, the slang, accent, the way the language is used varies quite considerably from one region to the next in this country (at least from my perspective). I never imagined that one country could differ so much between areas.

I think if you have the opportunity to move countries, do it. Moving between countries is a very humbling experience, you learn more about the world, about yourself. You also get put in your place, in the sense that – you are just one person among billions that just happen to exist during this time. .

I’ve also noticed that humans like to pride themselves on their differences, but fundamentally, we aren’t that different.

We are born, we live, we feel, we experience, we learn, we die.

I’ve noticed we are more similar than we are different. But don’t misunderstand this and think your fellow human thinks the same way you do.

They say if everyone in the world worked a customer service/food service job, we would be more considerate and better people. Yes, probably… But I think if everyone moved to a country completely different to their own, I could only hope that would make people better and be be less hateful to each other and not make snap assumptions about each other.

All in all, moving countries is great. There will be an adjustment period, but you’ll be alright, 5/5 would recommend to family and friends.

If you’ve read this far, you’re awesome! Please share your experiences moving/not moving, I would love to hear it!

2 Comments Add yours

  1. I think people really underestimate the cultural differences among English-speaking countries. Also I highly recommend Moana 🙂

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    1. Yes people really do! I don’t think I was even prepared for how different it was going to be. Moana, I will need to go watch it then :=

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