Welcome to a new feature where you get to meet some of the many interesting expats living around the world, and hear their top tips for life as an expat. Here’s our first Expat Tale, featuring my fashionable friend Sophie Lloyd!
Name: Sophie Lloyd
Originally from: York, England
Now living in: Buenos Aires
What brought you to Buenos Aires?
Curiosity, wanderlust, a desire to learn Spanish and a love of red wine. I’d always wanted to come to South America and I’d heard lots of great things about Buenos Aires so I came on a whim and ended up staying. My background is in fashion journalism and styling and when I came to Buenos Aires, I fell in love with the unique boutique culture and closed door shopping scene in the city and so I decided to set up my own personal shopping business (Shop Hop BA) providing personalised shopping experiences, personal shopping services and wardrobe consultations to visitors and locals in Buenos Aires. I try to focus on showing people unique, made-in-Argentina pieces while providing insight into the vibrant local design and artisan scene.
Is this your first expat experience?
This is my second expat experience. I lived in Shanghai, China for five years prior to moving to Buenos Aires, working as a writer, fashion editor and stylist, which was also a great experience but in a very different way. I’d always had a fascination with China and so when I finished university I decided to bite the bullet and go there. I got an internship for 3 months in Shanghai and ended up staying 5 years.
What are some of the lessons you’ve learned, in your life as an expat?
- Patience is a virtue.
- It’s important to immerse yourself in the local culture and really make the most of the experience of living in a different country and not just live in an expat bubble.
- Be open to and accepting of different mentalities, worth ethics and attitudes that aren’t always the same as your home country.
What’s the best thing about being an expat?
- It opens your eyes to different ways of living.
- Every day is a fun, exciting challenge when you live in a foreign country.
- Meeting people from all over the world.
- The opportunity to travel to and explore new countries.
What do you miss most about home?
My family, British banter, pubs and the English countryside.
Do you have any tips or advice for people considering becoming an expat?
- Visit the country / city before you move there.
- Talk to other expats who’ve lived / live there about their experiences.
- Give yourself time to settle into a new place. You won’t feel at home overnight.
- If things don’t work out, you can just go home. It’s not the end of the world.
- Make the most of your time as an expat and enjoy it to the max.
Where can people find you?