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How to be an expat

I thought you were only going for one year, says your mother

By Peter Ho Davies   January 1999

Go to America. You love the books, the TV shows, the movies. Tell people you’re tired of being a tourist and you want to live in a foreign country for a few months. You know, really live there. Tell your mother it’s what you’ve always wanted. Remind your father how often he said you should get out of England if you had the chance. Say, it’s only a master’s degree. One year.

Pack two suitcases and give your guitar to a friend who plays it better than you anyway. Give away your TV and tennis racket. Sit in the pub…

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