Editor's Guide: Lifestyle in Moscow
Here's an introduction to our Lifestyle section for Moscow, from dating in the age of social media to shopping and gardening.
First coined in 1929 by an Austrian psychologist, the term ‘lifestyle' reflects the attitudes and values of a person or group, which includes social relations, consumption, entertainment, and dress. Being an expat, of course, is a lifestyle in and of itself. At Expatica Moscow, we have all the articles you need when it comes to sculpting the expat life that's good for you.
Expat lifestyle: The chameleon
Expat life engenders an international outlook coupled with an ability to blend relatively ‘seamlessly' into other cultures. "Members" of the expat culture club are hard to spot; after all, expat living is an experience, not an identity. Even though the expat lifestyle can become exhausting, from dating to home living, Expatica has tips for men and women on how to make it work.
Your lifestyle as an expat might also encompass children, and Expatica Moscow offers plenty of help with keeping a family climate healthy and positive. According to recent research, third culture kids (TCKs, or children who have grown up living abroad) "hide themselves in an attempt to blend into constantly changing surroundings." Don't be surprised if you find repatriating the most difficult acceptance of all for your kids. Learn how to make expat life enjoyable and comfortable for your TCK's present and future; even former expats like blogger Maria Foley know why the expat life was good for her kids.
Shopping and fashion
How you shop and what you buy certainly helps to define your ‘image', and expats will be influenced by what's on offer in Moscow no matter how much they resist. Read how to look slimmer in your clothes and more about shopping in Moscow.
Home decoration is key to the heart of comfort, so see how a little spring cleaning can do wonders for success. Even when it's time to head home, expats keep their taste full of memories. Have a green thumb? Dig deep in the dirt with gardening and planting, or dabble with landscape at an affordable price despite your location cost.
Making 'green' choices
Green living is a lifestyle, from organic clothing to green eggs and ham, and across Europe eco-friendly can only add value to a label. Reducing waste and choosing foods with a lower impact on the environment can also help us battle climate change, as article 'Buying food in the UK: Making greener choices' illustrates.
When it comes to entertaining, benefit from one of our reader's tips on how to throw a garden party. Lifestyle article 'Beat the crunch: Make it and mend it' offers tips on making good use of the things we would normally throw away.
Relationships and networking
Flirting across cultures requires just a little thought, and in the era of text messaging and social networking the approach has changed somewhat. Read ‘Love in the age of Facebook' and ‘Breaking up in the time of Twitter' for a look into the web dating world, while YouTube reports and articles on how teens consume media and internet tell more about online connections globally.
What is love? The marketplace of Eros examines this age-old question in the light of the modern world. Join Expatica Spain's dating site to increase your chances of meeting like-minded internationals. Or connect with other expats in the Expatica forums.
Women expats in Moscow might enjoy our top six tips on surviving in Russia, written by Andrea Martins, Director and Co-Founder of ExpatWomen.com.
Click through for various listings of groups and clubs in Moscow to find expats like you. Overall, enjoy the experience of life abroad -- a once in a lifetime opportunity.
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