We all have a different (yet oddly similar) aim when moving away from home, no matter which country we call home. After moving to Panama, the hubs and I spent a lot of time together exploring. It wasn’t until 10 months after moving that we noticed we weren’t involved in the expat community. Don’t you think we would make amazing detectives?
We love our new found Panamanian friends but would yearn for a kindred American spirit at times. Not 1 day after having this conversation with each other, a fellow expat couple came walking into the restaurant. Oddly enough, it wasn’t just any expat couple. They have a blog and I was just reading it the day before. (Check them out here: Along the Gringo Trail). Is it sad I was more excited to meet them than when I saw Fergie sitting at a table next to me in Atlanta?
They ate dinner and the 4 of us chatted away. I’m pretty sure it was good because they mentioned us in their blog here
They invited us to an upcoming local expat lunch. It was at Pappassito’s. If you’re aware of the chain in the U.S., yes, it is a knock off! I can say that I’ve never had an atmosphere or view like this at any of the Pappassito’s back home!
We had a great time. The company was so amazing that lunch lasted 5 hours…just in time for dinner! This group didn’t include just Americans living in the area, we met others from Switzerland, Germany, and England. Meeting all of them has really enriched our lives.
It’s easy to stop socializing when you move from city to city, but I never thought about what could happen when you move internationally. It felt amazing to have my husband all to myself, but after a while our conversations didn’t seem as mentally stimulating. We have the same views on so many things that we had some seriously lackluster non-debates! I mean, there’s only so much talk about the upcoming PS3 games a woman can take (I’m sure we’ll have a debate after he reads this post!)
Make sure you socialize when you move abroad. It will certainly spice up your life!