Expat Interview With English Dad - British Expat In Russia

Published: 1 Oct at 2 PM
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English dad in Moscow has travelled widely and worked some diverse jobs. Working in a gherkin pickle factory in Israel, as a body guard to the queen of Norway, as a sheep farmer and shepherd in Australia and as a pest controller in America! Not to mention travelling to Tahiti, Singapore, New Zealand, and Thailand. Originally from the UK, he has a somewhat unique scenario of moving to Russia for a set period of time and being a Stay-At-Home-Dad (SAHD) . He blogs at Englishdadinmoscow.com (see listing here) to shares his experiences.

Here's the interview with English Dad in Moscow...

Where are you originally from?
The United Kingdom

In which country and city are you living now?
Moscow Russia

How long have you lived here and how long are you planning to stay?
We have been here just over 2 years and will stay another 12 to 24 months from January 2013

Why did you move and what do you do?
We moved because of my partners job. I am a stay at home dad and occasional English teacher.

How did you find the transition to becoming a SAHD, especially in a foreign country?
I found it very hard. As we moved to a small flat in Moscow. I found myself at home with a small baby. I did not know anyone.

Was it easy making friends and meeting people; do you mainly socialise with other expats?
Not so easy. there are women clubs here but mostly for women and the expat community is rather special here.

What do you enjoy most about living here?
To be honest not so much as I'm not a big fan of living in Moscow. However, Moscow has many big parks and play areas for children.

How does the cost of living compare to home?
You cannot compare it so much but everything is about 30 to 40% more expensive.

What negatives, if any, are there to living here?
The traffic, the cost, the cold winters, the aggressive drivers.

If you could pick one piece of advice to anyone moving here, what would it be?
Think long and hard before you decide to move here and ask can you afford it?

What has been the hardest aspect to your expat experience so far?
Adjusting to big city life.

When you finally return home, how do you think you'll cope with repatriation?
I will not be returning home to my country as we will move abroad again.

What are your top 5 expat tips for anyone following in your footsteps?
Research before moving, be strong, be organized, have good health insurance, have a good relocation package.

English Dad In Moscow runs an expat blog well worth reading http://www.englishdadinmoscow.com/, so do check it out. Follow him on Twitter @maninmoscow. If you like his website do visit his listing on this website and leave him a nice comment/review as it counts towards the Expats Blog Awards 2012.
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