About the Diaries
For more or less 6 years, starting on year 2001 until 2007, I was what most commonly is known as an ‘expat’. This is the abbreviated form for ‘expatriated’: someone which legal residence is other than that of birth or nationality. In my case, I was a Spaniard who lived in UK and Brazil, having spent around two months in Switzerland before my initial adventure started.
This part of my life (I thought) ended when I came back to Spain in September 2007, six years after I was seating at Zurich’s airport watching on the lobby’s TV how the World was changing. It was the 11th day of September, 2001.
Further, in 2012 I had to expatriate myself… although this time I am what it is called a self-made expat. I live in London, where I lecture economics, research, volunteer as a business mentor, and try to enjoy myself with social media and Android programming.
Nowadays a husband and a daddy, but still an economist, social scientist, and human being, I feel I need to start writing my expat diary. Moreover, I’d like to advise you that ‘once and expat, always an expat’.
PS Yes, why do we call it ‘expat’ when we mean immigrant?