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A woman who moved with her Algerian husband to Annaba, Algeria shares some of the challenges she has faced adapting to life in Algeria. She was expecting it to be an easier transition, but has experienced a great deal of culture shock. She has had to adjust to the fact that women rarely leave their apartments (i.e. men even do the grocery shopping); the lack of museums, parks or zoos for kids; and the fact that it's normal to litter and rubbish is everywhere.
While many expatriates find their overseas assignment thrilling, all of them experience some degree of disorientation, confusion and anxiety as they adjust to their host country's culture. (Read Full Tip)
Expats in New York City will quickly find that New Yorkers defy their stereotypes. New York is a melting pot of people from every corner of the globe and every income level -- all brought together by the city's subway system. Some expats enjoy living right in the hustle and bustle of the city. Others choose to enjoy a bit more greenery and space in a suburb on New York. (Read Article)
Take some time and get to know the zones of the city in a preview trip if you can. Do what works for you... unlike the US, you are paying the rental agents at least a month's rent for their services, so call SEVERAL and see what each can find. Be very clear what you are looking to rent, and walk around in the area and call the numbers from the signs in the windows.