free me from my free time
November 26, 2008 9:48 AM Subscribe
How should I use my copious amounts of free time while being poor in a country where nobody understands me?
posted by anonymous to Society & Culture (34 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
Background: I am working in a foreign country. I get paid but only enough to get by. I am not legally allowed to get another job. The nature of my work means that I work two or three full days a week but have the other days free. I am here with my partner who has the same type of job.
I want to go out (or stay in) and do fun things but, with my almost non-existent budget, it is difficult to find activities in my price range. I feel that on my free days, I end up sitting and refreshing metafilter and other webpages instead of actually doing anything.
I have investigated the expat community but most of them are into the bar and club scene which I really can't afford. I don't know the language well enough to communicate effectively (ie: not sounding like a five-year-old) with citizens of the country (and, considering the short period of time that I'll be here, am unlikely to learn a sufficient amount). My partner and I go out to explore the city but my partner has different days off (and , of course, I don't want to rely on my partner for all of my entertainment).
So, I feel totally lame because I am in this foreign country where I should be running around and having a good time but, instead, am inside refreshing the internet and moping. I'm sure there's culture shock going on here but I feel like if I had things to do to keep myself busy I'd be happier and more at ease.
Things that I already do: exercise 45 minutes a day, cook, force myself to get out of bed and walk down random streets and look at things.
Anon because I feel like a jackass being in a cool foreign country and being incapable of enjoying myself.