Many expats come with their spouses or are young and just starting out and full of enthusiasm and charmed by everything and very quickly seem to integrate into the local scene. But what happens if you are single and slightly older? Particularly if you have lived in other countries, you will perhaps be less charmed by (yet) another culture. But in order to enjoy your stay, you too should make an effort to integrate.
Learn the Language
Sign up for classes or find someone who can practice with you. This helps you both communicate with the locals and gives you’re a sense of achievement. And who knows, maybe you will make friends with others in your class.
Make Single Friends
Sounds obvious right? But it could be more of a challenge if everyone in your office is married or in a serious relationship. It can make you feel more lonely. Find a single friend with similar interests.
Find a Common Interest Group or Try Something New
Finding friends will become easier if you are open to opportunities to meet new people. Join a sports team, take up a painting class – whatever you find interesting. This way you will be trying something new and be meeting people at the same time. There are also quite a few bars and clubs where you can meet both expats and locals.
For us women, dating in Nepal is not so difficult. Whether you meet online or at a gathering, Nepali men are certainly open to dating foreign women. The usual guidance applies – beware of those looking for more than a relationship! And, if it does get serious – be aware of what you will be taking on (Nepali family commitments!). For men, it is not so simple and they need to be particularly aware of not crossing any cultural boundaries.