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Old 03-18-2005, 12:14 PM   #1
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Ask the American Expatriate

I couldn't think of another (favourable or neutral!) adjective to describe me.

And I'm bored.
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So when and why did you move?

What's the penguin's name?
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do you find you drink much more than you did when you lived in the US?

do you find yourself defending the US in much stronger terms than you would ever use at home?

what do you wish you could change about the US, based on your experience living abroad?

what do you miss most about the US?

what do you think your host country could learn from the US?

what do you think the US could learn from your host country?

(i was an expat for a while, too)
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Old 03-18-2005, 12:35 PM   #4
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Are your teeth in better or worse condition?

Do you sense any prevalence of "patriotism" with regard to the British Army being in Iraq or is it all negativism about the war?

What's more cool? Cricket or Baseball? (Growing up in Pakistan, i have my biases.)
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What food do you miss the most (grocery or restaurant)?
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Old 03-18-2005, 01:14 PM   #6
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Megan, I actually have quite a few questions for you. I'm glad you posted this thread, so I don't feel quite as odd about asking.

Would you mind if I PMd you or e-mailed you?
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What do you miss least about the US?
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will you ever live in the US again?
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Is there any truth to this Big Ben thing?
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Old 03-18-2005, 02:37 PM   #10
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Must be sleepy time in Norwich right now.
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Old 03-18-2005, 02:42 PM   #11
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I didn't actually expect to get any questions!
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So when and why did you move?

What's the penguin's name?
I moved to England in June 2003 to do an MA in Modern History, then got married last August, so I'm here indefinitely.

The penguin's name is Demarcus Beasley.
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The penguin's name is Demarcus Beasley.
So what do you think of PSV's chances against Olympique Lyonnais??
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do you find you drink much more than you did when you lived in the US?
Probably less, actually, but I've never been much of a drinker. When I worked in DC, I went to lots of receptions with free alcohol and went to a lot of gigs where I had a drink or two. I don't really do much socially here (though part of the reason I'm not very social is that I don't drink much), and alcohol makes me very, very depressed for several days if I've had a few drinks, so I only really drink the occassional glass of wine with dinner.

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do you find yourself defending the US in much stronger terms than you would ever use at home?
I wouldn't say much stronger because I'm very non-confrontational and usually don't say anything unless someone directly asks my opinion, but my dislike of many things about the US has defintely mellowed since moving away. I do get annoyed when people make sweeping generalizations about all Americans, though.

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what do you wish you could change about the US, based on your experience living abroad?
Healthcare is probably the one serious thing I would change about the US. While there are some things I find frustrating about the NHS, it's nice to be able to go to the doctor about things I wouldn't have when I lived in the US, and it's good to know that if I have to have any tests done or if I needed emergency care I wouldn't have to worry about the cost.


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what do you miss most about the US?
This is probably just indicative of my own laziness , but I miss the familiarity of the US. Even after living here for almost two years, I still constantly have moments when I realize I have no idea where to go to purchase a particular item (or what section of the shop it would be in) or I discover that something I could easily get in the US isn't sold here. I'm not a UK citizen yet and won't qualify for permanent residency until September 2006, so I'm not elligible for certain things (home fees at universities, benefits, etc.), and there are so many things I have to go through a lot of red tape and paperwork to do and things like taxes and pensions that I have to learn how to do correctly in this country.

I also miss free drink refills, 7-Eleven, and the general kitschiness of so many things in America.


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How to install electrical sockets in bathrooms. Window screens.

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what do you think the US could learn from your host country?
How to not take everything so seriously. How make better chocolate. Sausage and mash.
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Are your teeth in better or worse condition?
Worse, definitely. Despite the fact that neither my husband nor anyone else I know here drinks tea, I drink excessive amounts and whitening toothpastes here aren't as effective (or harsh, I guess, but who needs enamel? ) as American whitening products.

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Do you sense any prevalence of "patriotism" with regard to the British Army being in Iraq or is it all negativism about the war?
I haven't really encountered much patriotism regarding the British Army in Iraq, but I haven't seen much military-oriented patriotism here overall (certainly not compared to the US, even before the war).

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What's more cool? Cricket or Baseball? (Growing up in Pakistan, i have my biases.)
I don't like either, but I'd have to say baseball only because cricket lasts too long and takes up valuable TV time. Though now that Channel 4 no longer has the rights to the cricket, I don't have as much dislike for the sport in general since I won't have to see it anymore.
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What food do you miss the most (grocery or restaurant)?
Arby's, the Cheesecake Factory , cinnamon gum, most Mexican food, the huge selection of cake mixes and cereals in the US, grape flavoured things, brown sugar and cinnamom PopTarts, frozen Cokes, onion soup and ranch dressing mixes (to make dips), Fritos, chili dogs, marshmallow fluff... There seem to be more and more American foods every time I go grocery shopping, though, so I'm hoping a couple of those will eventually turn up here.
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