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Expat Life Without the Filter

They say great minds think alike. Well, I guess that makes us expats flippin’ geniuses then. We all have preconceived ideas about expat life. Then, we take the plunge and reality hits us like a bag of dirty diapers to the face.

We react to the onslaught of disappointments with anger, frustration, ugly crying and maybe, just maybe, thoughts of premeditated murder. Well, don’t sharpen your kitchen knife just yet.

There’s a simple reason why your expat life’s getting you down; you’ve just confused hope with expatations.

ex· pat· a· tion | \ˌek-ˌspat-ˈā-shən n.

Definition of expatation:
1. the bat-shit crazy belief that your expat life is actually going to go the way you want it to.

Synonyms for expatation:
stupidity, lunacy, idiocy, insanity

Hey, my name’s Janine and I’m a truthaholic.

So if you’re in the mood for reading an expat blog that is trying to sell you a “lifestyle”, this one’s not for you. If you’re looking for a blog that makes you snort laugh when expat life is fucked up*, then you’ve come to the right place.

*WARNING — This blog contains swears. Why?

because swearing:

helps you release frustration

makes it easier to tolerate pain

conveys strong emotions

used correctly, it’s freakin’ hilarious

And that sums up My Expatations.