You come to rely on your friends in a way that most rely on family at home. Living somewhere like rural India can feel like living at the end of the world.
People begin to really talk to each other, and to listen.
These truisms add up to a bad reputation for expats when it comes dating. It’s kind of like The Breakfast Club — a group of disparate individuals with seemingly nothing in common drawn together by the intimacy of a shared situation.
Quite often this involves expat dating and having a new country full of dating prospects can be a real bonus for expat singletons.
An American living in Mogilev-Podilskyi, Ukraine appreciates the friendly Ukranians and how they hang out with one another.
One of the biggest shocks he has experienced is how the US government treats him as an expat.
It’s not just a question of meeting someone who tests your own assumptions and introduces you to new worlds, although this can be wonderful and life changing; you can also end up connecting across levels you didn’t yet know existed within yourself.
For some people this works, by creating bonds that are immediately strong across religious and cultural levels. Cross-cultural relationships are hard, but when they work, they can be amazingly fulfilling and even revelatory.
Consultation may be done over the phone, through Skype, or through instant messenging chat.