Being an American Abroad

So, I had a completely different blog post planned for today but I woke up this morning and decided to write this one instead.

Being an American abroad comes with certain stereotypes thrusted upon you. You’re basically guilty until proven innocent, hence stereotypes. People think we’re lazy, loud, arrogant, etc. It gets to a point that you don’t want people to know that you’re an American because of all of the assumptions that are attached to it. However, a lot of people are truly excited that you’re from the U.S, so that’s cool.

I’ve become the spokesperson for all thing U.S related. I get questions about gun control, racism, equality, culture, etc. I don’t mind at all if it’s a true curiosity. I think it’s neat that I can talk about the stuff as an authority figure but I do make sure that they talk to other citizens and read stuff online if I’m not sure.

But what really takes the cake is it being an election year while I’m abroad. People all over Heidelberg stay well versed in US politics. After people find out I’m from the U.S they immediately ask me about the election. I remember when people were announcing their candidacy and Trump said he was running I was one of the people who thought that it wouldn’t last. But we see that’s not the case now.

A lot of people keep saying that they’re sorry for how this election is turning out. I keep thinking that I could stay in Germany for 4 more years depending on who was elected. Or Canada. I have some friends there and they speak English.

Now for the record, I don’t mind voting a Republican, a Democratic, or an Independent candidate into office. I’m hoping that us U.S citizens go out to vote this year. Heck, I have to mail in my ballot and I’m ready for it! It could potentially be a historic year for elections with a female candidate, a democratic socialist, or someone without specific government experience (Taft and Hoover worked with the federal government before office. Grant and Taylor were Army Generals).

So please remember to register to vote and make sure everyone you know is registered as well. Do not forget to vote in the midterm elections too because Congress holds a lot of power too. And please vote based on policies and not just the party!

Hopefully, my next blog will deal with traveling. I’ve got plans now! Peace

Extra Reading: I Am Responsible For Trump: Living As An American Abroad In An Election YearWhy I Love and Hate Being an American, and Getting Used to Being an American Abroad.

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