"I come from Northern Ireland, and moved to a small town in France near Basel, which is where my wife comes from. When I left, I left behind the bad weather - this St. Patrick’s day, it was just as bad here in Switzerland. I also left behind our many traditions when I came here, which is why I am involved in playing drums and the bag-pipes, something I have done all my life. This is my third year playing in a local band.
People here are very curious about the fact that I’m from Ireland because of the popularity of its traditions and culture, so that has made my experience much easier. Leaving your country means stepping away from your comfort zone, towards something new. Learning a new language is the main challenge, but If you are ready to give it a try, you will be OK wherever you choose to go."
Photo credit: IOM/Natalie Oren