2. But hotels make you uncomfortable, because when you’ve gone abroad you’ve always stayed in family homes.
3. You have a completely different accent from the one you grew up using.
4. You use foreign-ised English unironically in conversation with your family.
“On le weekend I might eat le biftek and play some fútbol.”
5. You were an early adopter of Skype/WhatsApp/FaceTime.
Mainly to ask your mother to increase your allowance. Every other day.
6. “So where are you from?” is something you hear approximately once a week.
7. You kind of wish people wouldn’t ask this, because the answer can be really complicated and drawn-out.
9. Occasionally, when you tell people where you’re from, they will ask you if you’re sure.
10. Yes, people will ask you if you’re sure that you’re from the place that you’ve said you’re from.
At which point you have a couple of options available to you.
13. Just make sure it sounds realistic.
14. One peculiarity of coming from many nationalities is that you can seem to swap ethnicities around as you age.
Asian baby, black teenager, Latino adult? Okay, genes, whatever you say.
16. You wish ethnicity forms had a category labelled ‘it’s complicated’ because it’d stop you getting hand cramp.
17. Still, there are good points. Street canvassers assume you’re a tourist and won’t hassle you. Rejoice in your mighty foreign-lookingness!
19. And although you can only speak a few words of your heritage languages, you sound really good when you’re doing it.
21. And the fact that your favourite things in the world are tea, Marmite toast and EastEnders?
That can be our little secret.
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