7 signs that you’ve been abroad for too long

Going abroad is an exciting experience that will change your life for the better. But if you’re not careful, it could also drive you a little, well…


you've been abroad for too long


You know that you’ve been abroad for too long when:


1. If you’ve been in Spain or Colombia, you start adding tildes to everything or start unnecessarily rolling your ‘R’s.

you've been abroad for too long


Because who doesn’t want to pretend they’re Sofia Vergara?


2. You start to really open up to the merits of the metric system.

you've been abroad for too long


(Don’t tell grandpa.)


3. You’re around so many nationalities, you’ve given up on greeting people in a normal person way.

you've been abroad for too long


Why do I feel like I’m perpetually on a first date?


4. When you see your national currency it looks strangely exotic.

you've been abroad for too long


5. Cab rides will inspire visions of driving in your car back home.

you've been abroad for too long


(Though you’ll admit the benefits of public transportation are not lost on you.)


6. Your stomach has finally adjusted to human size portions.

you've been abroad for too long


Fitting into your skinny jeans is almost worth the sacrifice. Almost.


7. When you overhear compatriots say they’re American, you’re just like…

you've been abroad for too long


Amurica is a continent ya’ll.


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Photo 1. based on Crazy Man deserves a Crazy Edit, by Heath Cajandig, CC-by-2.0

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Elizabeth Trovall

After short stints in Argentina and Belize, Elizabeth is finishing up her fourth year in Santiago, Chile. Elizabeth writes about international internships, life abroad and professional development for The Intern Group. She also reports on politics, business and culture in Latin America for public radio and print media. An Austin, Texas native, Elizabeth first left home to earn her journalism degree from the Reynolds Institute of Journalism at the University of Missouri. Besides her friends and family, she misses live music and Mexican food the most.
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