Life, of course, has plenty of ups and downs but when you are living in another country it can be a lot harder to deal with.
Missing family and not being there is tough. Yes we have Skype, texting and phone calls but nothing beats a hug.
Realising that not knowing the “rules” makes us vulnerable to costly mistakes.
Not getting to grips with the language, I try hard but my level of understanding is not good enough when the sh**t hits the fan.
Despite all that – the positives still far outweigh the negatives – so I’m looking forward to what is round the next corner.