Thank you for visiting, I hope you will stop back often. The stories in my blog are, for the most part, not in my book. I also have a second blog at Eclectic Global Nomad.
“By the time I was 18, I had only lived in the United States for a total of three years. When I started college in California, I experienced severe “reverse” culture shock. At the time I had no way of understanding it or preparing for it. Because I had grown up overseas, I had had a completely different experience than American kids my age.
When I arrived for my freshman year in college, I talked about traveling around Europe, hiking up Swiss mountains, and living in Africa. My college peers talked about football games, high school proms and television shows I had never heard of. I could not relate to them at all and they thought I was bragging about all the places I had been. It never occurred to me why they would think that; to me my life was ordinary. To them I was like an alien landing in their dorm room and talking about visiting the rings of Saturn.
After college, I spent the next 19 years in the U.S. and although I had many close friends and good experiences, I never got over the feeling that I was different. I always knew I really wanted to live abroad – that I BELONGED somewhere else. Of course during those 19 years, I lived in six different cities and 10 different apartments. I think I was always looking for that place I belonged. I always had the feeling that I was searching for something. I was different. I wasn’t really American and I wasn’t really foreign. What was I? I was an ex-pat. I was an ex-patriot by birth and by culture and I was looking for my com-patriots.
When I was in my 40’s, married, and living with my son and husband in Moscow, I discovered a group called Global Nomads. Global nomads are also called Third Culture Kids or in common parlance, Ex-pat brats. The definition of a Global Nomad is someone who grew up in countries other than their passport-country due to their parents’ jobs. I was cruising the Internet and came across an article written by Norma McCaig about being a Global Nomad. I had spent my whole life thinking there was something wrong with me and this article described me in a detail nobody could have known. McCraig felt everything I felt. She had the same experiences I had. I didn’t think there was another person on earth who understood how I felt. It was truly my “ah ha” moment. This is what I had been looking for.”