here's a post that's been sitting in draft form for a bit. if any of my italian readers find mistakes in my translations of the headlines, please let me know!
i was happy to be alone.
i put my earbuds in and kept to myself.
i wanted to blend into the background.
if someone heard me speaking english, they might identify me as an american.
and i was embarrassed.
you see, it was the morning after the US election, and while it hadn't been determined officially, we woke up to see several important states swinging red.
trouble was on the horizon.
i felt sick the entire day.
there were some tears being fought back at lunch table among my coworkers.
i should probably tell you that the typical expat, one who packs up their whole life and moves to the opposite side of the world has a pretty open mind. they believe in diversity and acceptance and freedom and choice.
because it is these things that make our lives in a different country possible.
i was asked that day by an italian..."how did this happen?"
and now the most common question is "what do you think about trump?"
here are some of the headlines from the italian papers after trump was declared president-elect.
|"President for all"|
|"The fist of Trump"|
|"America turns a page: But what is behind the surprise triumph of the anarchic Trump?"|
|The delusion of New York|
Hillary: The country is divided.
many of my coworkers lived in europe under the bush presidency and said the view of americans was different and that difference was clearly felt.
so we shall see what the future brings.
i hope for the best.
but i am worried.
how will trump's decision making affect the world? and how will that transfer to my daily life as an american abroad?
only time will tell.
are you an expat? i'd love to hear about your experiences during and after the election!