I learned early on that asking an expat
'Where are you from?'
can be a loaded question

Does it mean
Where were you born?
Where did you last live?
Which country do you identify with most?


Vintage luggage via Faye Travis Vintage


There are different kinds of expats I meet here
such as

- foreigners who live here and will return home
- expats who will stay here indefinitely (and possibly become citizens)
- those who have lived in many countries and will continue to live in many more


Where is 'home' if
...you bounce from country to country?
...each person in the family holds a different passport?
...you sold your home and have no idea where you will live next?

There is a term called 'Third Culture Kids'
that describes kids who live between cultures
- feeling like they don't totally belong to their host or home country -

We have lived out of the US for almost 3 years,
which means I have fallen out of touch with current events, 
hometown news, trends, and pop culture in America

Yet here there are a lot of cultural references I don't understand in England
because I've only lived here 3 years

Here's a look at what it is like to live between cultures



So Where's Home? A Film About Third Culture Kid Identity from Adrian Bautista on Vimeo.

We love all the opportunities and life lessons we glean from living abroad,
yet there are interesting challenges as well
Wishing you a wonderful day!
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Related posts:
Reflecting On An Expat Upbringing
Raising Second Generation Expats

 
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