Most countries have social groups, and, whether or not they are actually affiliated, your embassy should be able to point you in the right direction.Just remember, that while it can be comforting to surround yourself with people who immediately understand you, you still need to make an effort to meet people from other backgrounds. On the flip side, don’t assume these clubs are all ‘exclusive.’ Most country-specific clubs allow members who have some sort of affiliation with their nation, whether it’s a family connection, you’ve lived there in the past, or even if you’re just interested in visiting.There are many others who I will likely never meet in person, but who have shared their expat experiences with me over the years.These days, you don’t have to start a blog to be part of the on-line expat community.
Would you recommend life in Brussels compared to Geneva? Is there a more 'balanced' male: female ratio? You can do exactly that, by booking a meal on Bookalokal, a service we love.Essentially, Bookalokal pairs people who love to cook with people who want to eat.Have any of you lived in Geneva (as well as Brussels)?All I've heard about life in Brussels (compared to Geneva) is the following: •it's livelier than Geneva in terms of bars and restaurants;•you can get a much bigger apartment for a lot less than you would pay in Geneva;•taxes/social security contributions are much higher;•it has many NGOs, and attracts lots of left-wing idealists who want to change the world,•it's slightly more 'stable' than Geneva socially, and many people settle there long-term.