Published on June 11, 2015

10 GIFs that capture the essence of living abroad

Your first Friday night out:

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Trying to order off the menu at an authentic local restaurant:

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Riding up the elevator the first day of your internship:

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When someone starts speaking to you and your friend in a language you don't understand:

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Getting lost for the first time and not remembering the words to ask for help:

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When your local friend patiently corrects your vocabulary:

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People watching is so entertaining you turn into this guy:

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Playing it cool on the metro:

Expectation:

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Reality:

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Realizing that living abroad is way better than what your friends are up to:

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When your parents ask you if you're ready to come back home:

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The author
Elizabeth Trovall
After short stints in Argentina and Belize, Elizabeth is finishing up her third year in Santiago, Chile. Elizabeth writes about international internships, life abroad and professional development for The Intern Group. She also reports on politics, business and culture in Latin America for public radio and print media. An Austin, Texas native, Elizabeth first left home to earn her journalism degree from the Reynolds Institute of Journalism at the University of Missouri. Besides her friends and family, she misses live music and Mexican food the most.

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