Saturday, November 20, 2010

More Things Expats Love

Going Home For a Visit

Expats love returning to their country of origin for a visit because it gives them the chance to tell everyone at home how much better life is abroad. Feeling superior about their foreign way of life is high on the Expat’s list of priorities. They feel that everyone should be jealous of their nomadic lifestyle, but not to the point of actually moving abroad (because then the Expat would no longer be special and superior to those back home).

If your Expat friend or relative is visiting, be prepared to listen to constant criticism of the ‘way things are done here’. It’s natural to be upset, but try to be patient and indulge them when they say things like, ‘I can’t believe there are so many cars! Can’t we just walk to the store? Oh no, wait, we can’t because this stupid city is made up entirely of box-like subdivisions.’ They’ll try to convince you to eat Nutella instead of peanut butter, and tell you that you wasted your money when you paid 20$ for a pair of Havianas that you could have bought for 3$ in Brazil. They’ll accuse you of never having tried real, unpasteurized cheese.

Take a deep breath, smile, and remember that the few days after the Expat returns to their adopted home will be fraught with tension. The Expat will probably be drowning in more foreign bureaucracy. They'll wish their flat had real central heating, or perhaps they will simply long for a bottle of maple syrup that doesn't cost 8£. They'll probably even miss you, and this is your best revenge.


Jo said...

Coming home for Christmas????

Cait Espinoza said...

No... can't afford to. Boo. :(