The TCK frequently builds relationships to all of the cultures, while not having full ownership in any. Not long into the first conversation I had with Iain did I make up my mind about him and who he was. Over flowing beers and loud music he managed to weave into our initial conversation cough monologue cough where he was born, grew up and traveled. This list spanned over 10 countries, all by the tender age of I immediately judged him to be arrogant and all-knowing. Pffft not worth my time.
My father is from Kent, and working in the engineering industry he was assigned to various countries around the world as an expatriate. My mother is French, although she is of Spanish descent, and I was born in Singapore where Dad was on assignment, before moving to France for a year and then to Thailand where I lived until I finished school. My family still lives there. Planning holidays Growing up with my immediate family, far from the rest of my relations, Christmas and summer holidays were usually spent together on trips visiting the latter. With family spread between two or three countries and friends on almost every continent, when you have a few days off work it is almost impossible to decide what to do and who to see. Long-distance friends and relationships You get used to people leaving when attending an international school where goodbyes are way too frequent.
I left for Boston for university feeling exhilarated, but also really nervous. The education part of it, I felt completely at ease about. I had always been a nerd at heart and loved learning.
People with this background are called third-culture kids — globally mobile youngsters whose lifestyle rivals that of any adult expat. Learn more about them from this article! She first encountered this phenomenon when she researched North American children living in India. These kids spend many years outside of their home culture, but never quite adapt to their host culture, either. Caught between two cultures, they form their very own.