Sometimes you have encounters that remind you that you are indeed a foreigner in this land and things are more different than you may have assumed. Often these encounters are amusing (maybe slightly awkward) but depending on how you handle them, you do get a sense of achievement and a little flash of expat pride.
Here is my list. What do you think – have you found the same where you moved to?
- Going to a local grocery store is considered a trip out (you still love looking at all the different food, people etc).
2. You get overly excited when you find a brand of something from your home country and may or may not do a little happy dance (mine was for a Lion bar).
3. You spend far too long admiring the huge array of different flavours of food items and take far too long deciding which one you want.
4. You randomly and completely unintentionally insult someone because you use a word that has very different connotations in the country you are living in (I am not going to tell you what I said).
5. You get confused by everyday gadgets around the home and need a native to show you how it works (still shaking my fist and condemning the electric can opener).
6. Children say you sound weird.
7. You giggle and get people to repeat words that they pronounce in a way you find really cute, and then find the same thing happening to you.
8. You still try to get in on the wrong side of the car.
9. You get an overly inflated sense of pride when someone asks you for directions to somewhere, and you actually know where it is, and give a route to it that they can understand.
Do you have any others you could add? I would love to hear about any experiences or expat moments you have had.