My podcast guest David hails from Australia, and despite a delightful accent and white European descent he confidently assures me that America was not exactly the land of opportunity for him when he arrived.
If you’re anything like me, then every accent you hear is a conversation waiting to happen. But if you’re not from here, your accent might make you nervous to speak up for fear of standing out.
So, what is it really like to emigrate here from oversees? Is it even worth it? These are not the questions we normally ask of immigrants who we meet on the street, or at work. I’d rather make small talk, and be welcoming which means in some ways I’m holding back what I may truly feel about them.
“I can’t help notice the accent, can I ask where are you from?” That’s usually the start of a long conversation. Mostly it serves a desire of mine to tell them how much I know of their culture already. Or what I think I know.
“What’s your recipe for this?” I’ll continue. Or, “where would you recommend I go for an authentic plate of that?”
My fascination with cultures and destinations is never ending, and I can’t quite explain it. I think if you’ve ever been outside your comfort zone and were excited about it, there’s no going back.
Obviously the internet has only enabled my passion for travel, and the world. But, until now, I don’t think I’ve ever asked a foreigner what it feels like to be here. Have you?
If you’re anything like me, then there are questions you’ve been dying to ask a foreigner that maybe you never had the chance to, or were hesitant to ask in fear of offending them.
For me, that time has finally come, and I thought you might be as interested as I am to find out what America looks like through their eyes.
Please share your thoughts and reactions in the comments below, and perhaps I can weave your ideas and questions into future conversations.