Many of us have experienced the need to try and make a new place home. Moving to a new place is an exhilarating experience – but it’s also nerve wracking and full of the unexpected, both good and bad.
In our Skandl Talks episode with him, Rico Louis said that “I was just ready for a change, ready to delve into a new city and see how things go in a different environment,” which is what encouraged him to transition from London to Amsterdam.
Louis, our energetic and enthusiastic friend and creative spirit, is like many of the people that we at Skandl interact with and work with on a weekly basis. Indeed, he’s like many of us, as much of our core team and many of our in-house creatives are “internationals” who’ve made the Dutch capital their home.
Of course, people make transnational connections and gain experiences abroad for many different reasons. Some have family in multiple countries, some are looking for adventure, many migrants around the world don’t have a choice in the matter, and do it to seek a better life.
We’re blessed to be in Europe for the fact that it’s so easy and affordable to experience many different cultures and histories, work with people and make connections in cities as diverse as London, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Krakow and Budapest. Even with the ease of visa-free travel across the continent and the normalisation of international working environments, moving, living, and working abroad still has its difficulties.
There’s the boring, technical stuff like taxes to get your head around and navigate. But there’s also the subtler cultural and interpersonal “rules” to figure out. How do people relate? What’s considered polite? Do people share the same mindset when it comes to working relationships? What time’s lunch? If you don’t already know it, then there’s also the fun of getting to grips with at least the basics of a new language.
On the other hand, meeting people from different backgrounds to yourself opens you up to new ideas, ways of working you haven’t come across before, and even specific opportunities you wouldn’t have come across otherwise. Our own Skandl Radio project was born out of a want to platform all the various creatives we’ve met and worked with over the past few years.
It isn’t always easy to be in an international environment, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.