`` 8 Secrets No One Tells You About Being An Expat

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8 Secrets No One Tells You about Being an Expat I have lived in the center of Amsterdam, in the rainforest of Puerto Rico* and in my husband, David’s, hometown - a very small village outside of Barcelona. In total, I have lived (and worked) as an expat for over three years. In these experiences, I learned plenty. One of the most profound observations was the shame I saw in expats when it comes to admittedly that, although living in a foreign land is one of life’s most worthwhile experiences, it has definite draw backs, which are rarely, if ever, discussed. The eight secrets I believe most expats would prefer not to tell you? #1. You Will Experience Profound Loneliness and Complete Inadequacy (Fairly Regularly, Maybe Daily) Every country has two versions: the citizen’s version and the traveler’s version. The traveler’s version consists of people who speak your language, know how to deliver the comforts you expect and are there to prevent interaction with uncomfortable situations citizens maneuver daily. Their patience is paid for (by you) and their livelihood is entirely dependent on your happiness – and as such they do their best to deliver it. (Yes, independent travelers, this applies to you, too.) The citizen’s version consists of 100s of 1000s if not 100s of millions of people whose primary concern is – themselves. What so many forget about living in another country is it is absolutely NOTHING like traveling in it. When living there you are not just driving by,
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