You can’t answer the question: “Where are you from?”
You speak two (or more) languages but can’t spell in any of them.
You flew before you could walk.
You have a passport, but no driver’s license.
You run into someone you know at every airport
You have a time zone map next to your telephone.
Your life story uses the phrase “Then we went to…” five times (or six, or seven times…).
You speak with authority on the quality of airline travel.
National Geographic (OR THE TRAVEL CHANNEL) makes you homesick.
You read the international section before the comics.
You don’t know where home is.
You sort your friends by continent.
You realize it really is a small world, after all.
You feel that multiple passports would be appropriate.
You watch a movie set in a ‘foreign country’, and you know what the nationals are really saying into the camera.
Rain on a tile patio – or a corrugated metal roof – is one of the most wonderful sounds in the world.
You haggle with the checkout clerk for a lower price.
Your wardrobe can only handle two seasons: wet and dry.
You automatically take off your shoes as soon as you get home.
Your house looks a little like a museum with all the “exotic” things you have around.
Half of your phone calls are unintelligible to those around you.
You go to Pizza Hut or Wendy’s and you wonder why there’s no chili sauce.
You know the geography of the rest of the world, but you don’t know the geography of your own country.
You have best friends in 5 different countries.
It takes 24 hours to reach home in a plane
You can only call your parents at 8am and 8pm
You never really use a seatbelt
Your high school football team had to play against itself.. if it had one
You got sick a lot and often had food poisoning
It wasn’t unusual to find a lizard or cockroach in your house
You got to go home twice a year …thats if you’re lucky
You are a pro packer, or at least have done it many times
Living out of a suitcase, you find, has it pros
You bump into your old teachers all the time
Family photos you sent every year took months to arrive and often were in front of some exotic statue or endangered animal no one has heard of
When you return to the your home country, you are overwhelmed with the number of choices in a grocery store ( I stood by the chocolate syrup for about 20 min. because there was a whole row)
You literally have real friends (not facebook friends) from different schools all over the nation on your friends list
Everyone had a ‘staff’; maid, house cleaner, driver and babysitter
Most of the 1st graders have cell phones
You get excited when a relative sends a video tape of regular TV with commercials.. its in ENGLISH!
There was only one grocery store.. usually at the embassy that resembled the ones at home.
Once you get home you miss your adopted home and visa versa
You are never content in one place, be it city, state or country for long. You’re a mover.
You never had a part time job until you reached college
Blackouts are quite common, yet after a while no one seemed to notice and sometimes you would find yourself doing homework to the light of your phone or flashlight
Class reunions.. are not at your old school.. not even close
Your passport has more stamps than a post office
When the power cuts out and you sit there wondering when the generator is going to kick on… only then you realize there is no generator
When you carry converters because you actually realize there are different types of outlets
When people give you funny looks because you are a gold or platinum elite member of your airlines
When you constantly feel like you have to catch up with TV programs, actors and other people or songs you are not familiar with
You don’t think its strange that you haven’t talked to your best friend in a couple years, but you know you will always have a unique bond
You wake up in one country thinking you are in another
When a friend talks about their dreams of traveling to across the world to a secluded country and you can give them all the best restaurants and places to visit. You’re like the traveler guidebook.
You don’t even bother to change your watch when traveling
You hate subtitles because you know there is someone that can make an accurate translation.. you!
When you have little or no contact with the locals but are best friends with people across the globe
When you think everyone else is a foreigner in a county foreign to you
When your friends take you to an ‘ethnic’ restaurant as a joke and you can read the menu, order food for them and actually stomach the meal
When you start introducing yourself followed by your country of origin….
Your yearbooks are all different; made of fabrics known to that area and have stuff like elephants on them. Its your favorite keepsake.
Famous people like Uma Thurman went to your school and you had no idea until you researched (AES)
You have to change your passport because it’s full… not because it’s expired… and this several times during your school years
Paying a cop is not considered a bribe
You start to keep your experiences overseas to yourself because people look at you as though you are spoiled for having the opportunity to indulge in a new culture.. sad
You are afraid to go back to visit your school because you know no one will be there that you used to know, they all moved