Never knowing how long someone would be around before leaving for another city was like having a proverbial friendship Expiry Date Elephant following us from room to room...Read More
You wonder whether you have traded one death sentence for the next as the engine fails and the old boat moans under the angry tumbling of ocean...Read More
Every time he would be the absolute best human and make me want to be more like him. Nothing was more important to Sisto than the people he worked with and his loyal customers…Read More
Sara promptly opened the fridge, retrieved sustenance in the form of canned tuna and continued. After the session was over and everyone had left, I returned to my fridge and to my horror (distaste, displeasure, disdain, etc.) saw $1.10 lying on the counter…Read More
We are in constant contact with everyone, so we forego personal contact with loved ones…Read More
Schedules fill with meetings across Tokyo. I might pass through 80 stations on the subway in a day. My mind wanders on the rides. I look at ads and listen to music and the flashes of light on the glass turn into mirrors in the dark tunnels. I can almost see you standing next to me in the reflections like you did when you lived here.Read More
I revelled in the power of my many homes. I sit in my room for hours and listen to that Thai singer.
and muse about the camels from my Arab home...
I was surrounded by music and swing-dancing and prayer and a community of 400 people that attended the wedding. In my Dusty Rose dress in line with the other girls I felt like I was playing dress-up, assuming my part in an American wedding movie...Read More
I will always be on the move. I will always choose this path no matter how lonely it may get sometimes...Read More
We have a subconscious understanding that we may not be around for very long, so we don’t really have the time to waste in making a friend...Read More
I liked his big, round glasses and how he drew Mount Fuji for me on a spare piece of paper because I was disappointed that it was again obscured from our view ("now you can say you've seen it"). I became quickly smitten...Read More
People will say one nation or region is more friendly than another. I honestly can say I think that people are pretty much the same all over the world. So if you are an asshole in Baltimore, moving to another country won’t magically transform you into everyone’s hero...Read More
I met J in the flesh on a very cold January day in New York City. We were at the big Barnes & Noble in Times Square. I was only seventeen. I gave her my copy of Haruki Murakami’s South of the Border, West of the Sun as a first-meeting gift...Read More
Welcome to our newest theme!
How we define, nurture and interpret friendships is at the spine of what makes a Third Cultured adult different from a local. Are we better adapted to being vulnerable? Are we way too fragile? Are we naturally more social? Are we completely over it? We hope at least one of our articles this month might answer some of your questions about the friends you've founded across the world.
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(From Sri Lanka, Dubai & Australia. Living in Melbourne)
You and I were practically joined at the hip. For every joke I heard, you laughed at the same point I did. Our humor was like honey poured into a biscuit, where each half reopened to show a mirror shape. You and I fit, we stuck together, we clicked...Read More