I've been living outside of my 'home' country for two and a half years now and have visited 26 countries - I wouldn't seem like a person who really is afraid to try new things, right? Well, yes and no. Not long ago, Danny and I got talking about the idea that when it comes to life and, well, pretty much everything, most things aren't really that bad when you take the plunge and give them a shot. Whether we're talking about cliff jumping into clear seas in Greece or quitting your job and moving to a new country - it's all much scarier until you just start and get going. Once you start jumping off the cliff, it's not so bad! And once you start telling your boss about your new adventure and they get excited for you too, you realize, why was I freaked out about this? Why did I spend all that time worried and worked up about nothing?
It's hard to believe that come mid-September, it will have been two years since we first moved abroad. During that time we've been primarily in Spain, but we've also spent a good chunk of time in Scotland, and we'll be wrapping up our summer in Turkey in the next few weeks. I'm still learning about living abroad (make that living in general), that's for certain, but I like to think that I have picked up a few tips for making the most of time spent outside of one's country of origin. It's not always easy to live in a foreign country, but for a lot of reasons, I think it's a really worthwhile endeavor, full of experiences and lessons that are hard to replicate in any other way.