I consider myself incredibly lucky to live in a safe country and even luckier to be a dual citizen. A dual citizen of two safe and beautiful countries.
I recently helped a friend of mine work on a memoire of someone who has an incredible story. And while going through all the info and writing it I often thought what an easy life I had so far, how lucky I am to bring up the kids in a country and a society we find in Australia. And to also have the option to live in Switzerland if we would want or need to.
I still remember the feeling I had when we received our Australian citizenship and how amazing it felt when our Aussie passport arrived and I could put it next to my Swiss one. So please let me share a little Blast From the Past about passports…
Soon it will be a year since we proudly received our Australian Citizenship. It’s one of those big moments in your life… at least it was a big deal for me. I find it pretty special to suddenly have dual citizenship. In a way it was something I always sort of dreamed of.
I was not really sure if this would change the fact that we were expats or not. For me an expat was always someone who temporarily lived in another country. So I decided to look up the definition and found the following:
An expatriate (often shortened to expat) is a person temporarily or permanently residing, as an immigrant, in a country other than that of their citizenship. The word comes from the Latin terms ex (“out of”) and patria (“country, fatherland”).