It is no secret that I despite the fact that I am Greek by birth I feel more at home in an anglophone world. The irony is, I spend most of my life in the German world and I carry a German passport, indeed it is my “main” passport. I am at home here. My wife holds two passports, my son holds three, despite his young age of 3 he seemingly understands three languages. A lot of people here find it peculiar and in many countries the law does not even allow such things. A lot of people frown upon it as they do not seem to understand how or why that is possible.
I understand that sometimes it is hard to comprehend but I always felt at home wherever I went and I believe we will feel at home in Australia. I have no doubt that once we have settled down in place that we will have rent or bought we will feel that we had been around for much longer than we actually have. I have travelled so much and there are many countries where I feel I could settle without any major issues. This obviously is not a talent, it is just reality that has grown from years of experiences with people from all over the world. I have family and friends in many places and I can relate to them, I know what routine looks and feels like for many of them and funny enough I have myself been stuck in traffic in many cities around the world be it New York, be in New Delhi or Tokyo.
I believe though that there is a deeper underlying reason for this, I believe people everywhere are very similar in so many ways. The basic needs of providing for your family, the sense of belonging, the need for recognition, etc. are the same everywhere. Obviously, there are big differences on how some of those needs are fulfilled and the only thing that I can say is that I have been very respectful and mindful on those differences. People have a tendency to complicate things but once you can go past that and see the simplicity, there is a lot of beauty. At the end of the day you get out of most anything whatever you put in, and we are going to put everything in our new lives in our new country. Hope….