Dubiversary and What I’ve Learnt From Living Abroad

Just. Do. It….

Diana from Sweatshirts and Dresses blog wearing a Zara off the shoulder top with jeans and sandals in Shoreditch London.

Zara top, Paige Denim jeans, Chloe sunglasses, Chanel bag.

Time flies when you’re having fun’ and that’s definitely true for us as we celebrate our first year of living in Dubai! You may have seen my post at the 6-months mark and I can reconfirm that it’s still cheaper to order in than buy groceries (at least when it’s just two of you) and I’m yet to scuba dive in the aquarium. Having spent 365 days in a completely new country has made me reflect on how for the majority of my life, I’ve lived abroad.

You Will Feel Homesick
Growing up in Russia, it was something of a unique venture to go and study in England and at the age of 10 that’s what I did and being away from family was incredibly hard. I hated the food, the gloomy weather and not being able to talk to anyone with my limited English. It did get easier but I still feel homesick and that will never go away. Not seeing your family is the toughest part about living abroad, but we’re still very close because when we do see each other, we appreciate that time even more.

You Will Miss Out
One thing you do struggle with is that life goes on back home. Your friends get married, change jobs, have babies etc and it can feel like you’re missing out. This brings me back to my previous point, you just make the best of it when you do see them. That concentrated amount of time that you spend will make for some of your best memories. Being on this adventure together with Kip has definitely made it easier and I admire those who set off alone like my good friend did to Australia (happy Aussieversary Matt!)

You’ll Miss the Boring 9-5
When you first move abroad you’ll go through a phase of nostalgia for your old mundane routine and that’s down to familiarity. Change is hard but as soon as you got your bearings, start a routine and meet new friends, it will get easier. Promise! 

The Best Part
Living in away from home makes you more independent, and stronger as a person. I still turn to my parents for advice (mum likes to remind me how at university I phoned her up because I couldn’t make porridge) but living in a foreign country makes you grow up and challenges you to adjust to a new environment and people. Through that you become more open to diversity, learn tolerance and discover something new about yourself.

The people I’ve met and the things I’ve learnt have shaped me as a person and I wouldn’t change a thing. To those of you who live abroad already, I salute you for your strength and sense of adventure. For those thinking about it, DO IT! Life’s too short and the best part is that home will always be there, so if it doesn’t work out, or you chose to go for only a few months, you will come back knowing that you’ve given it a go and made new memories. Surely that’s worth a leap of faith? 

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?


  1. Wow! I love this post – your reflections are so true. When I first moved to London after living in India for 18 years, I felt the same feelings of home sickness, of missing out on what was going on there and then suddenly you have a whole new bunch of experiences in your new home and it’s just so worth it – you become so independent and learn how strong you really are!

    well done – I’m sure Dubai has so many amazing memories in store for you!


  2. Great post Hun, you are an inspiration!

    I lived in Greece for two summers but it’s nothing like up and moving. Hopefully one day I can convince Mems to move to LA – that’s my dream location but he’s not convinced about leaving his family.

    I’ll work on that 😉

    Thanks for a great post xxx

  3. Happy anniversary! this year will mark my fourth one in Qatar and I looove this country. It’s challenging and for sure I miss home but at the same time it’s giving me so much back!

    But yes, I still phone my mom everytime I have to cook lol

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