Today I’m happy to be featuring my favorite expat kid, my 7 year old Amelia. She has a lot of thoughts about expat life, and I have to say that I love her advice!
Amelia has spent almost half of her life in Europe, including 7 months in Germany, where she attended German kindergarten and began speaking Deutsch. Now she has lived in England for almost three years, and attended two different schools (and has the wardrobe to prove it.)
In the last four years, she has visited 11 different countries, and made many new friends. She struggles with missing people she has met all over the world and especially relatives in the USA. She is gifted in connecting with nearly everyone she meets.
Amelia was treated like a princess in Turkey, has been an ambassador of American culture through her lemonade stand, and is an ardent fan of Father Chirstmas and Queen Elizabeth. She is a fantastic traveler and foodie (recently did her first cookbook review,) is a bit of a pack-rat, has a funny story about meeting the Queen of England, and is very honest about the expat experience.
What’s it like to be an expat? Well, it can be sad, and on the other hand, it can be happy or exciting because you lose a country and miss all of your friends and relatives, but on the other hand it can be happy because it can be so exciting for you to see a new country and discover it with your own eyes.
What to do when you miss people:
- Visit people or have them visit you
- Meet new people (like through couchsurfing)
- Focus on the good things around you
Amelia’s #1 Best Tip: Just soak it all in and really enjoy what you are doing, because you are traveling and exploring, and you should be noticing and looking at everything around you!
I hope you enjoyed hearing from my third culture kid! If you have any questions for Amelia about her experience, I’m sure she’d be happy to answer them in the comments!
P.S. Do you have an expat story to share? I’d love to feature you, so just send me a note!