This month’s Global Living magazine features an interview that I did with my own mother, about what life used to be like for expat partners. It’s worth a read, especially if you’re feeling a little sorry for yourself. No Skype, no email, no cheap flights. Phone calls home were rare, children were far more likely to be packed up back to boarding school at a much younger age than they are these days. Your choices were just so much more limited then than they are now – she gave birth to me and my brother in Cuba; when I became pregnant in Jamaica, I was able to come home for the birth.
On the other hand, I think people settled a lot easier in those days: once you were there, you were there. There was much less too-ing and fro-ing (we went two years straight in the Philippines before we came home for a holiday) and you were so much more cut-off from home that you really did have to try and make friends in your new country as soon as possible.
If you have a read, I would love to hear what you think. There are some pretty pictures too 🙂