What do you wish you had known about this particular city/country before moving there?

Bring a sense of adventure and you won't be let down. - May 2019


Be sure to negotiate your expat package carefully. The taxes and bureaucracy are significant here. - Aug 2018


I wish I had known how difficult it would be to not have the autonomy to go where I want when I want. The combination of right-hand drive, stick shift (which most cars are), and Indian driving norms means that most expats do not drive themselves. A few brave ones do, but I am not in that category. It has been harder than I expected relying on someone else to drive me around. As mentioned previously, Uber and rickshaws are options too, but they aren't without their frustrations. I also wish I'd known about the quality of household help. - May 2018


How safe it really was. - May 2016


Whatever anyone tells you about India (comments in this post included) is both true and not true at the same time. India is full of contradictions. The people are so nice; the people are awful. The weather is unbearable; the weather can't be beat. The food is terrible; the food is amazing. You need a car; you definitely don't need a car. Plan your overseas travel ahead of time. You'll need those out-of-country trips to look forward to when things get rough. Nothing makes sense. Don't try to understand it. Locals don't know what's going on either. You can't change India. - May 2016


The beach is not a beach so don't come here thinking you'll get a beach resort. Also, when they say hot, they mean hot. But I also wish I'd understood that living in a place that is hard to live in makes for a very close knit community. - Oct 2014


I wish I had understood the health challenges a little more. - Jun 2014


How challenging it would be to get around on foot. - May 2014


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