I got a packet in the mail just a few days ago from Australian Immigration.
The packet contained some updated news and instructions for our partner reassessment that is to occur later this year. See, we got the first stage of the partner visa approved at the end of September last year, which granted me temporary residence. This year, if approved, I’ll be granted permanent residence in Australia.
Yay, awesome, right?!
Well it got me thinking about a little issue that arose while Pat and I were out on the Silk Roadistan tour, and it had a little something to do with the question:
“Where are you from?”
The facts are that I live in Australia with my Australian boyfriend, and Sydney is where I now call home. So, for the ease of the matter, I usually just let Pat answer and tell them we were from Australia. But, it doesn’t always feel right.
I hold US citizenship and carry a US passport. I have no desire to become an Australian citizen at this time, and for the first 25 years of my life, I was molded with midwest America values. I am American in my soul, and I hope that someday Pat and I can spend some years living in my homeland as well.
When you tell people that you are from Australia, they immediately think you are Australian.
I found myself on countless occasions trying to explain that I was American living in Australia. Just seems a weird question to stumble over; I somehow manage to do it.
If you are someone living abroad as an expat, how do you answer this question when traveling?