But once the distractions end and life begins to take its course, there are moments of loneliness, with many expats feeling knocked out of their comfort zone and missing the easy familiarity of friends and family back home.While befriending new people is a big plus – and one of the reasons many of us venture abroad – making friends can also be a minefield when you’re trying to feel your way along in an unfamiliar cultural setting.The camera held the evidence, the photos and the video that would prove whether I had witnessed Nacional topple Millonarios in a fútbol game this week. We had talked about the game the other day so she had sent me an email to tell me I must be excited about the result. The 2-1 defeat led to the firing of then-coach Santiago Escobar.
I quickly found out Nacional is one of the best teams in Colombia, the result of a strong financial backing, thanks to owner Carlos Ardila Lülle, the founder of Postobón, the country’s largest soft drink producer.
Dealing with shipping companies, finding an apartment and discovering what the local word for “plunger” is when your toilet clogs.