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An Expat Talks about Living in Kiev, Ukraine

Submitted by mjakopov

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Kiev

Describe how you "dreamed" expat life would be before you moved overseas. Please provide as much detail as possible.

I didn't really "dream" anything, so to speak. Rather, I hoped the country was advanced / evolved enough to feel comfortable living here for the next 2-3 years.

How has your expat experience met the expectations you dreamed about before you moved abroad?

Its not too bad, really.

Only thing - I am totally paranoid about the police here, though. Not sure if I'll drive while I'm here. Its still quite corrupt, and I don't speak Russian, so I doubt I could "sweet talk" my way out of a fine (I don't deserve)...

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How has your expat experience NOT met the expectations you dreamed about before you moved abroad?

Work wise - everyone is very dilligent, structured, hard working, militant in their work. Very keen on pointing fingers if something isn't 100% right. Absolutely no sense of team work. They're like little soldiers ... one two, one two....

Poor negotiation skills. (Or were they just never in a position to negotiate in the forer USSR?)

Working environment is challenging.

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