I went to a leaving drinks recently for a client that’s moving back to the US. Sat around the table were five female clients and my female colleague and I. As is usual when a group of women get together, as the wine flowed, so did the conversation which quickly turned to personal matters of relationships, matchmaking and general gossiping.
It was only afterwards that, reflecting on the night, I realised that all seven of us were of different nationalities. Sat around the table that night there was a mix of Indian, American, Singaporean, French, Filipino, Japanese and British women. All with different cultures and backgrounds, yet that enhanced rather than hindered the conversation.
At the end of the day we were just seven women drinking wine in a bar after work. And that’s what I love most about this expat life – that it allows you to meet people from all over the world in your day-to-day. And though we come from different places and backgrounds, it’s our individual differences that make the relationships so special.