It has been quite some time since I wrote a truly expat focused post, but this one has been long in the making. I've been living outside of the US for (what I feel like) has been a while now. First in Kunming, China on and off from 2010-2012 and now from August 2013 - until current in Vilnius, Lithuania. I love living abroad. Its given me the freedom to pursue my interests in a not so ordinary way and has provided the wonderful bonus of travel and amazing friendships across the globe. What would make the whole experience even better would be for family to come visit me.
Where my visitors at?!
I would love it for someone to come visit. I would love to play tour guide, show my family or friends where we live, introduce our fat cat, and take people out for amazing Lithuanian food. I feel like as an expat, each time we live somewhere new we fall in love with our new home, and change because of it. I want to show it off! I want my family and friends to understand what I'm talking about when I complain about the grumpy lady at the grocery store that throws the food at me. I want my people to know the me I am now, not the small town me that I was over 8 years ago.
I'm tired of people saying they will come visit and continuously putting it off. I don't want to hear that you are planning to come visit, unless you are actually coming. Hearing this over and over again has turned me cynical. When someone tells me they are going to come visit I just tune out the conversation. Dear family/friends: please don't tell me you will visit until you are sitting in front of the computer ready to purchase tickets and want to confirm the dates.
So, where my visitors at? Expats out there - do you feel the same way?