Thursday, July 15, 2010

You grew up as an expat in the middle east if....

Found this on the internet, thought it was fun....and surprisingly accurate on most accounts, particularly #1, for those who have ever had that conversation with me.....:0)

  • You can't answer the question, "Where are you from?" (And when you do, you get into an elaborate conversation that gets everyone confused)
  • You flew before you could walk.
  • You have a passport, but no driver's license.
  • You think California is cold.
  • You watch National Geographic specials and recognize someone.
  • You run into someone you know at every airport.
  • Conversations with friends take place at 6:00 in the morning or 10:00 at night.
  • Your life story uses the phrase "Then we went to..." five times.
  • You can speak with authority about the quality of various international airlines.
  • You feel self conscious around white people.
  • You get offended when someone turns down an offer for food.
  • You treasure pork and root beer as highly-valued commodities.
  • You have ever had to wait for prayer call to be over to finish shopping.
  • You are fascinated by any wildlife bigger than a gecko.
  • You know that it truly is a small world.
  • You have ever gone to the "hammam" or endured a "shamal."
  • You get all the jokes in Aladdin.
  • Rain is still 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: hot and warm.
  • Your school memories include duck-and-cover drills.
  • You are used to being stared at.
  • You think VISA is a document stamped in your passport, and not a plastic card you carry in your wallet.
  • You call a chicken burrito a "shwarma."
  • Your dorm room/apartment/living room looks a little like a museum with all the "exotic" things you have around.
  • You've heard of "hubbly bubbly."
  • You have sat in a "men's" or "women's" section in an airport, hospital, or restaurant.
  • You know the geography of the rest of the world, but you don't know the geography of your own country.
  • Your best friends are from 5 different countries.
  • You have never spent a summer with your friends from high school because you all go back to your home town/state/country June - August
  • Camping involves duning, getting stuck, and counting how many camels you saw.
  • A sports tournament involves flying to another country in the Middle East.
  • You remember when the first McDonalds in your country had its grand opening.
  • You got days off school for Christian and Muslim holidays.
  • Not being able to eat in public during the day during the holy month of Ramadan.
  • Traveling home required buying candy, CDs, and Abercrombie and Fitch clothing for your friends back overseas.
  • You are used to giving directions according to landmarks, not street names.
  • It's normal to wake up and have four or more Pakistani men fixing your AC.
  • You are used to seeing Arabic commercials dubbed in British English about Lux soap, Carnation condensed milk and Dove shampoo.
  • Seeing police drive on the shoulder of the road and cut people is not unusual.
  • You know someone is referring to Pepsi when they say "Bebzi".
  • Having a walled in, cement house is standard.
  • Ford Explorer sized cars seem small compared to Toyota Land Cruisers and Nissan Patrols

2 comments:

Nicola (Which Name?) said...

laughing quite hard right!

BSA said...

What a wonderful, thought provoking list! This note is coming to you from Norway!