I love International House Hunters. I love seeing what people’s houses look like around the world. I enjoy watching the entire process people go through finding the perfect place to call home in a new country. If you keep up with me on Instagram, then you know we recently moved to a new neighborhood. What you might not know is all the drama we had to wade through to get there…!
Figuring out how to navigate life and basic things like moving in a different culture isn’t always easy. And honestly, it can be incredibly frustrating. Partly because of the fact that it’s obvious we aren’t from around here. If I had a penny for the number of times people have tried to take advantage of the fact that I’m American by raising the prices of things, or not being completely honest about normal processes and procedures, well, I’d be doing pretty good! It’s just the way it is unfortunately, and while I give people a hard time when I know I’m getting scammed, I’ve also had to come to accept and expect it. The other thing that is a major challenge living overseas, whether you are a local or a foreigner, is that all too often landlords will do whatever they want (regardless of what’s been agreed upon) and there is little to no recourse. We just experienced this firsthand, and while we can laugh about it now, it was pretty maddening at the time.