More musings found on ScoopEmpire. I especially love and identify with #4, 6, 10, 11, and 13.
I’ve posted a little about Third Culture Kid-ness before, and I really wish I’d written this list myself.
The Perks and Drawbacks of Being A Third Culture Kid
1. You’ve spent more than your share of time in an airport and you know a number of three-letter airport codes by heart.
2. You speak more than one language or dialect fluently. The best way to say something is where you learned it first.
3. You absent-mindedly reply in a different language.
4. The concept of home becomes a matter of people rather than an actual place.
5. Buying electronics is a nightmare because you never seem to have the right plugs.
6. Being asked where you’re from (and not knowing how to answer) becomes a routine question.
7. You have most time zones down by heart.
8. You constantly have to explain the nationality of people in your photos.
9. You’ve used your passport more than your driver’s license. It’s also a work of art.
10. You’re fascinated by different languages, cultures and people.
12. You relate more to other TCKs than people from your own culture.
13. You know all these quirks and traditions from different cultures.
14. You’re always converting currencies in your head.
15. Returning to your home country actually gives you culture shock.
16. You’re considered “exotic”.