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A Question of Language (and Why You Should Avoid Expats)

For those who wish to actually live abroad, which I would take to mean spending a year or more there and, more importantly, immersing yourself in the life, then this apparent convenience can quickly become a trap that you may struggle to escape from. This is because of the insularity of the expat community, and it is the same no matter where you are. There are people who have lived abroad for ten years or more and their ability to have an intelligent conversation with a local is approximately zero. They are not assimilated into the local culture and people do not talk to them in the street; they remain apart.

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I am a Filipino living in Italy. I was born and raised in the Philippines before moving to Sicily (Italy) after getting married in Manila. This is my life.
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