Appropriate vs. authentic

Appropriate. For me that is a loaded word. Behave appropriately, dress appropriately, write appropriately, etc. Sounds like a lot of telling me how I “should” do things.

And wow, did I feel a lot of shoulds as an expat arriving in Switzerland. I should speak the language, I should know all the customs, I should know and follow the rules…etc. Be quiet on the tram, the train! Behave appropriately!

The thing is, I don’t believe in shoulding on myself. Not anymore.

What is an Expat?

Defined as someone living away from their homeland; living in a foreign land on a limited, long term or permanent basis. (Expatria – away from fatherland). What is the practical usage of the word EXPAT?