The Whole World is Our Hometown

The Whole World Is Our Hometown

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This means that our dentist is in Mexico, our pediatrician in Washington, D.C., our income in PA, our aunts and uncles scattered throughout the world, Christmas trees and traditions are celebrated in several countries, friends all over and play dates can happen on skype or in person- and sometimes in different languages.

Time zones are simply a way to organize information (what time is it when grandma is in bed and can no Ionger text?) as opposed to something that separates us. We view language differences as an adventure and a chance to use our pictionary skills, not a deal breaker.

I grew up crossing an international border to sleep in bed on one side and go to school in another, so this lifestyle and world idea is not new to me.

When I first met my husband he thought it was crazy that I traveled to Mexico any time something went medically wrong, but I did. I still do, and now so does my daughter. Because we like Mexican doctors. I order our cheese from the Netherlands, supplies from Canada and school folders from the Czech Republic. Just because we like what we like and, why not?

We treat the world as our hometown and just like people drive around their hometown to run their errands, we do too. Our “drive” just happens to include an airplane flight and switching to a different language.

I do all this because this is just the way my life evolved. Instead of saying good bye, I say ’till later. I just happen to mean it. It wasn’t until my daughter was born that I saw the magic in the life I had created. She sees nothing odd with walking amongst people whose language we don’t understand, or using charades as a perfectly acceptable way to locate an item in a store, or planning a trip to a country on the other side of the world, to a place where the food, the houses, and the customs are different than anything she has previously experienced. She sees everything as an adventure in her borderless hometown.

 

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6 thoughts on “The Whole World is Our Hometown

  1. Oh, how I would love to incorporate this style of living into our lives. How do you get cheese from the Netherlands? And how do afford all the traveling? There is definitely something unique and incredible raising your child to be comfortable with themselves and their surroundings no matter where they are! #wanderingwednesday

    1. One word: Henri Willig. Ok, two words:) we LOVE their smoked Gouda and I order it online- and go through it too fast every time:) Discovered it on a trip to Amsterdam and never looked back:)

      I come from a long line of wanderers and travelers so moving about is in my blood. But we afford it by making it a priority. We’re a very low maintenance family so no clothes shopping (I’m pretty sure the shirt I have on right now has been with me for three or more years), no new cars, etc. Our money goes to pay our bills, live our minimalist lives, and save for the next adventure.

      The other thing is that travel does not have to be expensive. I’m always amazed when people spend hundreds to go cross country, for example, when we do it from coast to coast in the US, for $88 RT. So I think planning and looking for the great deals that are out there definitely helps us out.

      When I go to my dentist in Mexico the flight is $88 RT plus the fee for his services… depending on what I’m having done it is sometimes cheaper than in the US- even with insurance! So… all relative as far as expenses too.

      The world is so small, and yet large and varied and amazing, and making it so that my daughter grows up realizing this is my main goal:)

  2. I love these thoughts! I lived overseas about 14 years ago, and it was one of the best experiences for me because I really saw the world. I wish everyone could do it. I, too, have developed a love for foreign-ness and things that are different. It changes you. Great post.

  3. I really wish I could have had experiences like this as a child. I grew up in a small town in Wisconsin, and now that I’m traveling internationally as an adult, I’m learning just how ignorant I was growing up in the hometown bubble. Your daughter is truly lucky to have such a multicultural and multilingual childhood. Keep up the great work!

  4. It’s a great lifestyle you’re living. It’s nice to be global citizens. Your daughter is so lucky to grow up with such experiences. I have lived half of my life in Indonesia and half in the U.S. Europe will be my next adventure (if things go well with this online thing) 😉

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