I absolutely love living in foreign countries and continue to do so in the future. Why? I just feel like I suffocate when I'm surrounded by similar people. I need diversity, cosmopolitan vibes, different languages and open-minded society.
So far I have lived in:
- the Czech Republic : soon after my university so not much choice for going abroad, I took this chance and even though it's very similar to my native Poland, I enjoyed every bit of this experience - hilarious language, fantastic location (Brno) in the centre of Europe, very handy to travel around for city breaks and home for Christmas and stuff, wonderful people, unforgettable souvenirs
- Ireland : first encounter with Western Europe and mentality, quite well paid job for that time, great flatmates, easy and stressless life, vibrant pub culture, live music nights, cheap CD's, lovely countryside but crap food and weather, also little interest in talking English so I ended up socialising almost exclusively with expats until I realised it would be better to go and live somewhere else
- Spain : likely the best place I've ever lived (Asturias) - the ideal mix of warm and cool climate as the northern coast never gets it too hot or too cold, stunning views on the ocean and mountains just a couple of kilometres away, gorgeous people, exquisite food, best language on earth, few foreigners or tourists so it's easy to blend in but unfortunately it's hard to get a permanent good job
- the Netherlands : almost one and a half year here and still not bored at all, main motivation was to learn Dutch which is not all that easy in Amsterdam but I don't really want to live elsewhere as it's such a magical city full of international events, meetups, workshops, art, employment, fascinating history and thriving modern architecture, just the accommodation is horrendously high