Thursday, November 2nd, 2006

Expat dilletantes


One of the things I’ve found on my (rather limited) travels away from Canada is that my fellow ex-pats, while not all bad, are certainly a unique bunch. Something about being outside their native country, particularly for a long term stay elsewhere, sometimes makes young Canadians, Americans and the like forget themselves and act like jerks.

Rolf Potts, a man with much more travel experience than most, has an interesting take on the expatriate screwaround phenomenon, in an article in Slate about how lots of expats equate “writer living overseas” with “drinking, chasing skirts and not a hell of a lot of writing.”

Warren Frey is a journalist, freelance writer, podcaster, video producer, and all-around media consultant currently based in Vancouver, Canada. His written work has appeared in such publications as Metro Vancouver, the Westender, Mac | Life and the Japan Times.

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