When I was growing up, my friends and I used to exchange clothes. Living in a closed society where travel abroad was restricted, the most prized clothes were, of course, those that came from outside the country. And it was not just the fashion statement that drew us towards those clothes; it was the ability to be part of something new, something unique, and something completely foreign.
Fast-forward many years ahead and I find myself equally fascinated by the different ideas and different ways of doing/being that I encounter whenever I live in another country. And while ideas and experiences are not physical things and cannot be swamped one for another, they too can be exchanged. It’s this fascinating exchange of what we know with what we don’t know but are willing to learn that makes expatriate life all the more attractive. I mean, where else can you find a ready-made environment for such an exchange if not in expatriation?
What has been your experience with exchange –and how has that experience benefited your life abroad?
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