She was born in Austria. When she was 5 weeks old, we went back to Bejing where we relocated 6 months before her birth.
By the time she was 14 months she spent three quarters of her life in China, South Korea and Thailand.
She is 18 months old now and we live in Germany. She loves rice and tofu. She wants us to read her Korean books and play her CDs with Korean music every day. She says « méi yǒu » in Chinese (which means "hasn’t, doesn’t exist"). She likes Thai spicy food.
What amazes me most is the way she interacts with every person with Asian traits she meets. She immediately connects, waves and says « hi ! » (in English).
I keep asking myself: does she remember? I’m sure she does. Will she always remember it? I think she will always carry Asia in her soul. It’s not just about her memories who will probably be very diffuse or subconscious, it’s more about the moments she lived there and her experiences that built her personality and who she is today.
“The things he sees are not just remembered; they form a part of his soul.” - Maria Montessori
When changing countries every two or three years how can we build a group of support? How can we meet other parents without our kids going to school? How do we navigate differences in legislation between countries?
It is a strange feeling to look into your child eyes without knowing if you will see them again.
A piece of my heart will always stay in South Korea where we lived for a couple of months.
The celebration I enjoyed most in China was definitely the Mid-Autumn Festival, 中秋节. And not just because of the delicious Moon Cake we ate :)
I took 28 flights in the first 18 months of my daughter's life and amongst them 10 were long distance flights with up to 7 hours of time difference. Here is the thing: I HAVE SURVIVED. Do you want to know my strategies?
« Where are you from?… « where are you from? »
You know that question, don’t you? The question that many Expats and Third Culture Kids don’t know how to answer…
The first time I traveled with my 5 weeks-old baby I was terrified. I'm sure you know that feeling: you don't know what to pack, what to expect
Here is the reality: no friends, no job and you don’t really like it there … yet. Will you ever like it?
Before my daughter was born people would ask me « In which language you will talk to her? ». The truth is I had no idea. I didn’t have a plan. I didn’t know the answer to this question.In fact, I was also very curious about the answer.