As someone who has toyed with the idea of moving abroad on and off for the entirety of my adult life, and continue to do so as I think about a retirement plan without the benefit of a retirement ipot, I was interested to see what this book had to say about the whole idea of moving oneself off to foreign lands hook line and sinker.
I was pleasantly surprised, the writing style is such that it’s like a journal so you needn’t be considering a move to read this. While this gives the book a much broader appeal, I worry that it does mean the book won’t get the exposure it deserves and if you want a light read with a torrent of amusing anecdotes, then pick this book up today. It really is not only enlightening but also highly entertaining. It was littered with narratives that had me laughing out loud, or crying fat tears for her pain. We live her life, meet her friends and cheer for her to succeed when she eventually lands back in Ireland.
The only thing I would say is that if you are looking to move and are not planning on being part of an ex-pat community then life could get quite tricky. Las was very much part of a community of movers and even she had it tough, so if you’re going it alone, then prepare.
Thank you Lal for putting down your thoughts, experiences and advice in such an entertaining and invaluable format.
Are you contemplating a move abroad?
From culture shock to capable, from language barriers to lifelong friends, and from foreign land to the familiar. Being hurled into life in a strange new place can be daunting and overwhelming, but it can also be exciting and enjoyable.
Rich with tips on how to expat like a boss, Lasairiona McMaster’s “Bloom where you are planted”, takes you on a journey from packing up her life in Northern Ireland to jumping in at the deep-end as an expat in two countries.
An experienced expat from a decade of living abroad, her honest and uncensored tales of what to expect when you’re expatriating, are as funny as they are poignant, and as practical as they are heartfelt. If you’ve lived abroad, or you’re considering the move from local to expat. If you’re looking to rediscover yourself, or simply wondering how on earth to help your children develop into adaptable, resilient, and well-rounded people, this book has something for you.
About the author
Lasairiona McMaster grew up dreaming of an exciting life abroad, and, after graduating from Queens University, Belfast, that is exactly what she did – with her then-boyfriend, now husband of almost ten years. Having recently repatriated to Northern Ireland after a decade abroad spanned over two countries (seven and a half years in America and eighteen months in India), she now finds herself ‘home’, with itchy feet and dreams of her next expatriation. With a penchant for both travelling, and writing, she started a blog during her first relocation to Houston, Texas and, since repatriating to Northern Ireland, has decided to do as everyone has been telling her to do for years, and finally pen a book (or two) and get published while she tries to adjust to the people and place she left ten years ago, where nothing looks the same as it did when she left.