What no one tells you after being an immigrant for 7 years?

I think I just waited for the right time for the dust to settle down or in my case for the torching heat to decrease because.. let’s say I became a mashed potato in the last weeks since I have returned to Romania.

I am not going to lie, I am that person who missed sun and heat for the last 7 years but I don’t think my body was ready for the extreme heat. And for that feeling of not doing anything but actually sweating like I have been running a full marathon. And sweat like a horse (apologies for any horse who reads this)

I have enjoyed the good food, the sweets, the events and especially my humans. But no one tells you how hard/easy is to transition from a country to another.

Shout out to my fellow immigrants who are in the UK and don’t know if they want to move to a different country or not!

So what people are not telling you but they romanticise their social media accounts?

1. Being an immigrant sucks when you are abroad and when you return to your home country

Have you ever felt like an alien hit by the Moon and landed on planet Earth? You don’t feel that you belong to your home country either to the place you were called an immigrant. The feeling is compared to your food preferences: you enjoy the English breakfast but you want some Romanian pastries from time to time.

TIP: No one expects you to be “normal” but whoever tells you the opposite, tell them to do one. Everyone has their one pace and they can’t do anything about that.

2. It’s expensive to move and maybe you will need to donate your kidney

You know we are supposed to have entrepreneurial skills? To be able to manage our finances properly as responsible adults? That definitely is not going to apply to your moving. Moreover you have to think that unexpected events will definitely occur because karma likes to mess it up.

TIP: Try not to get bat shit crazy and think that the Apocalypse is coming because.. it’s easy to focus on the negative things. Think about all the positive and interesting events that will happen in your life. I know, it’s hard but not impossible.

3. Your brain is confused and the translation is a combination of Romanian & English

If you though you got to a point where you can say to yourself “yeah, I do feel better moving back”, wait until you need to have a full dialogue just in Romanian. And your brain can just reply in a weird mix of Romanian & English, which sounds like a broken record.

TIP: Just be patient with your brain, it needs time to adjust, as you are. Yeah, you are a superwoman but no one is going to keep it against you that you are a human, from time to time. And it’s ok.

4. Your hair and skin are living their good life

After you finish reading this go into your bathroom and see how many haircare & skincare products you have lined up on your shelves. Yep, the water is softer in Romania and your curls are having a wild look.

TIP: You need to sort out your supply of curly/wavy hair products from the UK because you figured out that people in Romania don’t have curls.

5. You walk more kilometers everyday

I remembered that before I left Romania in 2016, I was usually walking around a lot. I have previously mentioned that I am a commuter and I prefer to walk or to use public transport. What no one tells you is that you do cardio everyday in Romania. Now my average walk on my fitness app shows that I walk around 10 kilometers every day.

TIP: If you go to the gym, don’t try to walk before and after the session. Trust me, it will hurt.

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Published by Norina Drujescu

I am not really good when it comes to talking about myself. I like to say that I am a digital creator​ wanna be​. More than a decade since I started my own blog where I write about my complicated life, my cat Hashirama and the most amazing people I met.

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