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I think a big part of the attraction of living abroad is to be able to break free from "the way things are done around here". When you grow up in one culture or place it is really easy to not even think that certain barriers can be crossed. Moving abroad allows you to act more freely because some things may "not be done" but you don't know what "isn't done" and moreover people cut you slack because you're foreign, whereas a local would suffer status death if they did certain things.

I know when I go back to Madrid I slip back into the mindset I had when I lived with my parents - I can't help it, it has something to do with familiar surroundings = familiar behaviours. If I moved back to Spain I would probably want to avoid Madrid for that very reason.

We have met the enemy, and he is us — Pogo

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Feb 1st, 2008 at 04:53:48 AM EST

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