I think we all know exactly how you feel. You love where you are, (whether that be the US, or outside the US), but you don't quite feel comfortable there. I'm in Argentina now and although I have lots of family here, I haven't found friends yet, so I'm feeling a little lonely. My husband is Argentinian, and we've visited here a million times before moving, so there haven't been any surprises in our move. It's just that I'm NOT Argentinian and I never will be. I'm sure that's how you feel too.
Lately, what has really gotten to me is my lack of security. Everyone I know has been ripped off or held up. I was told I shouldn't even go out and walk the dog outside of our gated community because I look typically American. Red hair and 5'9". Normally that would be a good thing, right? But here it just causes "attention" and I'm told not to encourage that for fear of being ripped off. It sucks.
The last time I lived here was 20 years ago, when I was single. But it was SOOO much different than now (for many reasons). But the great thing about being so far away from home now is the INTERNET! I can chat, skype and access all my American favorite things. This website has made me feel like I have company and I can "talk" to people who are going through what I am going through. Especially now that I've found the ExPat group, I'm really hoping that we can work together, since we all know what it's like to be so far away of our american supermarkets!
So, let's keep in touch and see if we can help each other out here! Anyone else who wants to join in, please speak up!
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