You missed some big social and pop cultural movements. It takes a lot of effort to keep up with trends from far way.
Holding onto garbage- If they had as few garbage cans in New York City as they do in Japan, the streets would be filled with filth (not that it’s spick and span to begin with or anything…) But for some reason, streets in Japan remain spotless even though sometimes, I go for hours without finding a garbage can.
You have unconscious cultural biases. You might think you’re less prone to cultural bias as a result of being well travelled and/or growing up in a multicultural city, but it’s not until you live abroad that your cultural biases are challenged.
That you’re not a risk taker because you moved somewhere new, but you moved somewhere new because you’re a risk taker.
If you’ve decided to teach English and live la vita bella in Italy or la vida loca in Spain, you have to be ready for the onslaught of paperwork that will head your way.
Travel changes you, irrevocably so.
3. Attacks From The Gaza Strip Are A Part Of Life
For the first time in my life I am very much aware of how much stuff I accumulate and I actively try to work against that force.
It’s not always a place, or a time. It’s people. It’s where you can be with the people who make you laugh, who hold your hand when you cry, who let you scream when you’re angry.
You become accustomed to the culture that should be yours but you miss the ones you adopted along the way. You look like you belong but you think very differently — you’re a hidden immigrant.