Multicultural Family

“Expat” – a dirty word

September 17, 2010
Are you an expat? Yes or no

Photo by Yeexin Richelle/

How life can redefine particular terms

I’d never intended to make Prague a permanent home. Naively, I just thought I’d visit the city for a year or so, try my hand at teaching English and see where my adventure led me. Armed with the handbook, Teach English Abroad, I was eager to experience the thrill of absorbing the Czech language, culture and getting to know its people. I didn’t have a gripe with my home country, there was no political reason forcing my move and no job or company paying my way and as such, I really did not consider myself or my situation worthy of the term “expat.”

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