AmeriNZ 231 – Thanks and No Thanks

amerinz_podcast_150x150My first topic today is a blog post of an expat American who’s leaving New Zealand. I see it as a cautionary tale, so I go over my 3 “rules” for being an expat. In other words, I give you my advice about being an expat—including a couple things I shouldn’t have done. Some election news is in the middle. Then, an email provides me a topic: Expats voting in their home country. Should they? Which elections? Comments on the site round out the episode, as usual.

Thanks to everyone who offered support and encouragement! I’m absolutely not quitting—but new things are coming!

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3 thoughts on “AmeriNZ 231 – Thanks and No Thanks

  1. I was referred to your podcast by a friend. I’m an american set to move to NZ with my wife in December, but I can’t listen to what you have to say because the MP3 and download links are broken. Besides hating itunes I’m also running linux and can’t install it even if I want to.

  2. Thanks for letting me know! I upgraded both WordPress and podPress and one or both broke things. I have to manually change the file location for each audio and video file, which may take a little while, but this one, at least, is fixed.

    You don’t need iTunes to get the files. You can subscribe through any RSS feed aggregator using this address:

    Hope that helps—and thanks again!


  3. I totally agree about the 3 rule for immigrants that are also useful for simple tourist visitors. It can help them appreciate more where they are.
    It is true to be a very difficult thing for some to understand the culture even with historical knowledge.
    It seems to be easier to feeling and enjoying the local life if the language has similarities with the one speaks. But I don’t think language should be a barrier. For starters even 3-4 basic words can give locals and oneself a better living moment and can make things less stressful for everybody. Especially in countries where local people remain (at first) closed to foreigners.

    If one extremely loves the kiwi fruit (understood in any way possible), I really don’t see why they would miss bananas (that one finds just fine) that were always available in his home country but not in the local stores (I don’t know exactly about that). Nostalgia is maybe possible once or twice, but why have a craving for bananas if he truly just loves kiwi fruit.

    I appreciate local things that are only available here but not available where I come from. The things I loved at home are not available here. It’s not because they are rarities here that I miss them too much since I found other things that are as good or better. And some days when I have both available to me I instinctively chose the one I discovered here and not the one from home.

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