Living far away from family, friends and our country is one of the hardest decisions we have ever taken. To start a new life in a new country with a new culture without compromising our own cultural and religious values and customs is not an easy feat. The support and communication system that exists today did not exist few decades ago. Expat life anywhere in the world used to be one of isolation and lacking frequent communication with the loved ones. Fortunately, today, things are different. Technology, social media and blogging has revolutionized life of expats largely.
The challenges and obstacles faced while living abroad are many but there is hope for a better future. One often questions the decision to move away from home and phases of homesickness are all too common. So what keeps us going? I believe the two most important factors that comfort expats most are friends and food. Friends are a family away from family while food keeps us connected to our roots. After all, food is a celebration of life in Pardes!