You're either one of the two: you're the friend who has said these things or you're the friend that lives in Europe and has heard this. Either way, I'm sure you've had a similar experience and you've just laughed about it really. Here are the top 9 things that my friends from back home have said to me or asked me :)
1. "I'm going to visit you!"
I have learned to take this phrase with a grain of salt. Of course life may get in the way but if you're not serious about it then don't toy with my heart! I'm always down for European adventures and showing my friends this wonderful place! So don't say it unless you have a valid passport and money saved up!
2. "I'm so jealous!"
I never know what to say to this. If you say this to me and I don't respond or I take a long time to reply, it's because I have no idea what to say back to that. Do I say "thank you"? "Thank you for being jealous"? Haha. I suppose it's quite flattering, I mean, you're being honest about how you feel and that's great! Just know that I will never know the right response to it!
3. "Say something in German."
Scheiße... (Or the equivalent to that in another language spoken in Europe).
4. "Do you drive on the other side of the road?"
No. The answer is no. Not everywhere in Europe do you have to drive on the "other side of the road”.
5. "You're so European, now."
Am I? Last time I checked I'm pretty sure I was still from the U S of A. What does a European even look like?
6. "When are you coming to visit?"
When are YOU coming to visit?! If you've asked this question, you're probably the same person who said they would come visit me. It would cost just as much for me to fly back home as it would for you to fly and come see me. I would rather much spend that money on traveling here. ;)
7. "How do you travel so much?"
I put traveling as a priority along with other important responsibilities in my life. I just do it. I research where I want to go and just go if I feel like going. Traveling in Europe does not cost nearly as much as it does in the States. I do travel a lot which would involve more money but there are ways to save up for those trips and ways to save during the trip. (Maybe I'll write a post on how to do that).
8. "I'm living vicariously through you!"
That's AWESOME! Yes, I post a lot about traveling and the things I see here while I'm in Europe but in no way is it for me to boast about it. I'm extremely grateful and wish that what you see through my pictures is only to encourage you to travel more. It's not about the picture, it's about the experience behind it. You all won't see it until you do it.
9. "You've changed."
I've never been offended by this because the fact of the matter is, you're right! I have changed. Change is what happens to people each day when they are living their lives. It's hard to stay the same person every day when you meet people from all walks of life and they have an effect on you. You see things differently; you don't just see things in the same perspective. You learn customs of other countries and can agree with some of them. You try new things, you do things you said you never would, you reach new goals and that's all part of growing up. It's not that I forgot where I came from, I am just incorporating some new knowledge with some old.
What are some other things you or your friends have said or asked? Comment below to keep this going ;)