I want to hear your story!


"If only someone would have told me about this earlier...!"


Have you ever thought this when making a minor or major (!) faux pas while living in another country?

Maybe you expected someone would greet you with a handshake and then... leaned in and kissed you unexpectedly?

Or you didn't offer a coffee or tea to a handyman because you didn't know it was expected from you?

Or maybe you waited days, weeks, months... for your neighbors to introduce themselves, but actually you were supposed to do take the first step?


Please tell me more about it!

As expats/internationals/accompanying partners etc. we might know some facts about
 the host culture, its history, geography etc. but what about the little things that nobody tells us, or tells us way too late?...


In this section What I wish I would have known earlier I invite you to share your personal experiences with the locals, the culture, the habits of the place you live(d)!



Please share the little gems of information that we can't find in any book or guide!



How it works?

1) Send me your topic(s) / idea(s) at info@UtesInternationalLounge.com.

2) I will contact you within 5 working days to discuss the details.

3) Once your contribution is accepted, I'll ask you to follow the submission guidelines indicated here below. – Please wait until I confirm your topic/contribution before sending anything!









This is where you'll find your story published




Submission guidelines

Articles for submission must be previously unpublished.

They can be submitted in English, German, Italian, French or Dutch – they will be published in their original language.

They should be well-written, and I encourage grace as well as clarity. It is important that the articles are copy-edited carefully before submission. Drafts are not acceptable. In order to ensure diversity of subject matter, approaches, and voices, I will accept only one article by author. In submitting your work to What you wish you would have known earlier...– Ute's International Lounge, you agree to the policies of this site, including free access and use of the material published in it with, of course, proper acknowledgment of authorship and source.

If you have any questions about whether your article is appropriate forWhat you wish you would have known earlier...– Ute's International Lounge, send it directly to the editor (Ute; info@UtesInternationalLounge.com) for a preliminary review.

All articles will be blind-refereed except when invited. Articles accepted for publication will be copyrighted by TWhat you wish you would have known earlier...– Ute's International Lounge.

BecauseWhat you wish you would have known earlier...– Ute's International Lounge relies on the generosity of volunteers who contribute their time to review articles, I ask that authors do not submit their work to other journals, sites etc. at the same time. By using computer technology throughout, we expect that the review process will move quickly and that authors will be notified in a reasonable time. In sending work toWhat you wish you would have known earlier...– Ute's International Lounge for possible publication, the submitter attests that the work is original and that he or she is the author, that it has not been published, and that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.


Formatting the Article                                 

The article should be prepared according to the following guidelines:

(1) The length of articles is normally no greater than 4,000 words, including an abstract. An article exceeding the length limit will be returned to the author.

(2) At the beginning of the article, the title, abstract and the author’s name should precede the text.

(3) Font should be 12-point Arial, whether in normal, bold, or italic. Please do not insert line breaks in the text or special spacing for formatting.

(4) The paragraph break should be indicated by an extra line space rather than an indentation at the beginning of a paragraph.

(5) Only the left hand margin should be justified.


Rights and Permission                          

It is the responsibility of the author to obtain permission for the use of any copyrighted material, including images, sound, and video files. It is preferable to place images directly in the text but it is acceptable to include a link to the image directly in the text.



Please submit texts in Word format or WordPerfect. If submitting from a Macintosh computer, please include the three-letter file extension in the file name of your article. – PDF files are not acceptable.


Images should be in .jpg or .png format.


Naming files:

File names should NOT contain spaces. They may contain letters, numbers, but no hyphens (-) or underscores (_) or other punctuations. Files must have the three-letter file extension identifying the file type (i.e. .wpd, .doc), whether submitted from a Windows or Macintosh computer.

Examples of unacceptable file names:

Aesthetics/Form.doc (uses slash)
Article #2.rtf (uses # sign)
Article.Aesthetics.wpd (uses period or point)
Aesthetics and Art (has no file extension)

AppleWorks, Lotus, or other word processor documents must be saved in one of the above formats.


Submitting an Article                                

Send me your article as an attachment to info@UtesInternationalLounge.com. Use "Submission to What you wish you would have known earlier..." as the subject in the email address block. The message should include

(1) the author’s name,

(2) the title of the article,

(3) an abstract of no more than 150 words (or the statement: "Submission to Short Notes"), and

(4) relevant information about the author, including e-mail address and website (if applicable)

(5) 1-3 pictures (copyrighted)

(6) Profile Picture of the author (.jpg or .png format)

An acknowledgement will be sent indicating that the article has been received.
There is no charge for submitting an article for review or publication.



Statements of fact and opinion in the articles in What you wish you would have known earlier...– Ute's International Lounge are those of the respective authors and not of the editors of What you wish you would have known earlier...– Ute's International Lounge.

No representation, express or implied, is made of the accuracy of the material and What you wish you would have known earlier...– Ute's International Lounge cannot accept any legal responsibility or liability for any errors or omissions that may be made. The reader should make his or her own evaluation of the accuracy and appropriateness of those materials.